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Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide

History, Long Reads

In the water park business, Jeff Hendry was considered a genius of sorts. He often said that his goal in life was to make customers of his family’s legendary water parks happy—“to put a smile on their faces, to give them a thrill or two.” It was a beautiful vision. Until it went horribly wrong.

Staring At A Digital Black Hole

Staring At A Digital Black Hole

Politics, Tech

On the morning of November 16, 2019, we, the exiled Iranians, woke up and like billions of other internet addicts in the world immediately checked our phones, only to realize that Iran had been cut off from the global internet.

Can $500 A Month Change Your Life?

Can $500 A Month Change Your Life?

Economics, Politics

A California-based experiment in universal basic income considers the mundane, and potentially transformative, power of a little extra cash. It’s not a new idea, dating as far back as Tudor England. Thinkers ranging from Martin Luther King Jr. to Milton Friedman have backed it.

Why Perfect Grades Don't Matter

Why Perfect Grades Don't Matter

Life, Videos

Research shows that chasing after perfect grades discourages creativity and reduces academic risk-taking. The constant quest for perfect grades can lead to high stress and mental health problems. Here’s why good grades don’t always translate into success in life.

The Most Common Airbnb Scams Worldwide

The Most Common Airbnb Scams Worldwide

Apps, Crime, Tech

Scammers all over the world have figured how best to game the Airbnb platform: by engaging in bait and switches; charging guests for fake damages; persuading people to pay outside the Airbnb app, and engaging in clumsy or threatening demands for five-star reviews to hide the evidence of what they’ve done.

Africa’s Richest Man Makes A $17 Billion Bid For Immortality

Africa’s Richest Man Makes A $17 Billion Bid For Immortality

Business, World

Aliko Dangote’s plan to reduce Nigeria’s dependency on fuel imports will carve out an even bigger slice of the nation’s $376 billion economy for his empire. Dangote’s future—and, as he likes to say, that of the entire continent’s economy—lies to the south on the Nigerian coast: the construction of a vast oil refinery.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The End Of Farming?

The End Of Farming?

Long Reads, Nature

Over the past 20 years or so, ad hoc coalitions of politicians, activists and conscience-stricken billionaires, have rewilded millions of acres of mostly failed agricultural and grazing land. Their guiding philosophy upends the long-dominant view that land should be cleared, plowed and wrung ever more efficiently for food.

When Passion Leads To Burnout

When Passion Leads To Burnout

Health, Life

You’ve no doubt heard the well-worn advice that “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s a nice idea but a total myth. When we equate work we love with “not really working.” This type of mentality leads to burnout, and the consequences can be both dire and hard to detect.

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave

Business, Long Reads

My brief, backbreaking, rage-inducing, low-paying, dildo-packing time inside the online-shipping machine, under conditions that were surprisingly demoralizing and dehumanizing, even to someone who’s spent a lot of time working in warehouses, which I have.

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

Long Reads, Tech

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. The future of TripAdvisor and similar enterprises seems less certain than it once did.

The Mob's IT Department

The Mob's IT Department

Crime, Long Reads

How two technology consultants helped drug traffickers hack the Port of Antwerp. A story of two men who became pawns of a violent group through coercion and a series of very bad decisions.

The Metaphysics Of The Hangover

The Metaphysics Of The Hangover

Health, Science

A hangover is about being poisoned, no doubt. The toxins linger in the body and must be expelled, or waited out. We’re sick with a mini-flu and need to get better. But isn’t a hangover about more than physical toxins, at least some of the time? I’ll wager that a hangover is frequently about shame as well.

The Rise Of Junk Science

The Rise Of Junk Science

Long Reads, Media, Science

Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news. At the most benign level of the junk industry are papers, published in journals with no effective screening process, that are obvious nonsense.

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers Of Us All

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers Of Us All

Business, Long Reads, Tech

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Britain's Collapsing Coastline

Britain's Collapsing Coastline

Nature, Videos

Coastal erosion is occurring along 17 per cent of the UK coastline. The worst affected is the town of Happisburgh in Norfolk, predicted to lose the most land over the next 20 years.

What Was Libya Like 25 Years Ago?

What Was Libya Like 25 Years Ago?

History, Politics, Videos

Gaddafi’s 25 Years in Power (1994): A historic report filmed as Libya celebrated 25 years of Gaddafi’s rule. This short documentary challenges the West’s view of Libya and looks at Gaddafi’s struggles both at home and abroad.

How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

How Barcelona Is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

Cities, Videos

The city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians. It involves taking nine square city blocks and closing off the inside to through traffic. Buses, big freight trucks — or any vehicles that are trying to get from one part of town to the next — have to drive around the perimeter.

Why Aren't More Millennials Having Kids And Becoming Parents?

Why Aren't More Millennials Having Kids And Becoming Parents?

Life, Long Reads

I just got married a few months ago. Once my husband and I entered wedded bliss, we started looking to do married-people things that weren’t in the song: buy a house, get our 401(k)s figured out, assess health-care plans. But the baby in the baby carriage? For now, the kid question hangs between us, unanswered.

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

Explainers, Life, Psychology

You were talking about something relatively complex and you could practically see the moment that your listener checked out. Not only is it uncomfortable but it’s also disheartening when what you’re saying is important, cool or valuable to the listener. Here are 4 steps to clearer communication.

The Doomsday Glacier

The Doomsday Glacier

Long Reads, Nature

Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is so remote that only 28 human beings have ever set foot on it. In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming planet.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Coffee

How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Coffee

Food, Innovation, Videos

The coffee supply chain is rife with uncertainty, unfairness, and even corruption. Bext360 wants to change that. This video looks at how they’re using machine vision, artificial intelligence, and blockchain payments to bring the largest un-automated system in the world into the digital age.

Living In Switzerland Ruined Me For America And Its Lousy Work Culture

Living In Switzerland Ruined Me For America And Its Lousy Work Culture

Business, Life

Long commute, full-time, no benefits. No way, I thought. Who would want to do that? And then it hit me: Either I had become a completely privileged jerk or my own country was not as amazing as I had once thought it to be. This wasn’t an unusually bad offer: It was just American Reality.

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Inside The Race To Build The Best Quantum Computer On Earth

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Given their size and wealth, both Google and IBM have a shot at becoming serious players in the quantum computing business. Companies will rent their machines to tackle problems the way they currently rent cloud-based data storage and processing power from Amazon, Google, IBM, or Microsoft.

Religion Is About Emotion Regulation, And It’s Very Good At It

Religion Is About Emotion Regulation, And It’s Very Good At It

Life, Science

Sigmund Freud argued that we humans are naturally awful creatures – aggressive, narcissistic wolves. We have the civilizing influence of religion to steer us toward charity, compassion and cooperation by a system of carrots and sticks, otherwise known as heaven and hell.

Extreme Athleticism Is The New Midlife Crisis

Extreme Athleticism Is The New Midlife Crisis

Health, Life

Increasingly, people are responding to the anxieties of middle age not by clinging to the last vestiges of expiring youth but to taking on challenges that seem to belong to the young alone: by pushing the limits of what they’re physically capable of through endurance athletics and extreme fitness.

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