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Behind The Scenes Of A Radical New Cancer Cure

Behind The Scenes Of A Radical New Cancer Cure

Health, Long Reads, Science

CAR-T involves removing a patient’s own blood, filtering for immune cells called T-cells, and genetically engineering those cells to recognize and attack cancer. CAR-T made history in 2017 as the first FDA-approved gene therapy to treat any disease. The trials that led to approval showed response rates of 80 percent and above in aggressive leukemias and lymphomas that had resisted chemotherapy.

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.

If You Feed Them, Will They Vote?

If You Feed Them, Will They Vote?

Food, Politics

Billionaire presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is enticing voters with unprecedented amounts of free food and booze — and not the cheap stuff, either. Is the way to a voter’s heart through their stomach?

Moving Millions, Leaving Mayhem

Moving Millions, Leaving Mayhem

Business, Long Reads

Garda bought its way into the U.S. armored car industry in 2005, swallowing rivals until it blanketed the nation. But in its rush to grow, Garda took shortcuts that put unsafe trucks and error-prone drivers on the road. The result has been armored trucks hurtling out of control in communities across America.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
How The Mast Brothers Fooled The World Into Paying $10 A Bar For Crappy Hipster Chocolate

How The Mast Brothers Fooled The World Into Paying $10 A Bar For Crappy Hipster Chocolate

Business, Food

While customers can’t get enough of the company’s bearded, Brooklyn hipster founders, and their brilliantly marketed, $10 “bean to bar” chocolates, a term reserved for chocolate that has been produced entirely under the maker’s control, from the cocoa bean to the wrapped bar, chocolate experts have shunned them.

How Rwanda Is Becoming The Singapore Of Africa

How Rwanda Is Becoming The Singapore Of Africa

Economics, Videos, World

Rwanda is now the 15th fastest growing economy in the world as its government has set out a clearly defined mission—they want to become the Singapore of Africa. To understand what this means, though, you have to understand what Singapore is.

On Harriet Tubman’s Final Escape Mission

On Harriet Tubman’s Final Escape Mission

History

There was one more dire mission to complete; she had to return to Maryland and try once again to rescue her sister Rachel and her two children, Angerine and Ben. With the exception of these three people, Harriet had pulled her entire immediate family that remained in Maryland away from slavery’s hold.

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Architecture, Cities

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, Frank Lloyd Wright urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.

'Bizarre As Hell': The Disappearance Of The Yuba County Five

'Bizarre As Hell': The Disappearance Of The Yuba County Five

Crime, History

How five men came to be on an inhospitable mountain road more than 50 miles from their homes in and around Marysville and Yuba City, California, was just one of the mysteries surrounding their disappearance. All five had intellectual disabilities or psychiatric issues to various degrees.

How Cities Became Childless

How Cities Became Childless

Cities, Life, Videos

American cities are getting more expensive, and families are being pushed out. Welcome to the future of urban living, where young people have to make a choice: money or babies?

The Night The Music Died

The Night The Music Died

Long Reads

It came out of the sky about five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa, and slammed into the frozen earth. Outside lay the bodies of three young men who had been thrown from the plane at more than 100 miles per hour. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and Jiles P. Richardson, also known as the Big Bopper, were dead.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
What Really Happened To Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

What Really Happened To Malaysia’s Missing Airplane

Crime, Long Reads

The mystery surrounding MH370 has been a focus of continued investigation and a source of sometimes feverish public speculation. Judging from the electronic evidence, this was not a controlled attempt at a water landing. The airplane must have fractured instantly into a million pieces.

The Brilliant Avant-Garde Movie Posters Of The Soviet Union

The Brilliant Avant-Garde Movie Posters Of The Soviet Union

Art, Design, World

These extraordinary avant-garde movie posters are from the pre-Stalin days of the Soviet Union before Soviet Realism took a hold on graphic design. The period of artistic freedom in the Communist Soviet Union was relatively brief but some of these posters are amongst the greatest ever created.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Explainers, Life

Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks. To the contrary, people perceive the best listeners to be those who periodically ask questions that promote discovery and insight. These questions gently challenge old assumptions, but do so in a constructive way.

World Underwater, Exploring The Future Of The Earth

World Underwater, Exploring The Future Of The Earth

Nature, Photos

Inspired by a trip to Venice, Italy, the series World Underwater explores the future of Earth. It imagines our world absolutely overwhelmed by global floods and rising waters. Images by American photographer and 3D artist Hayden Clay.

We Asked An AI To Write A Column For Us. The Results Were Wild

We Asked An AI To Write A Column For Us. The Results Were Wild

Media, Tech

We’ve been testing weekly short fiction pieces scribed by GPT-2, a text-generating artificial intelligence algorithm originally built by OpenAI. We give the algorithm a sentence from a real article, and the algorithm iteratively generates what it thinks the next word should be.

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted

How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted

Nature, Videos, World

As National Geographic showed us, sea levels would rise by 216 feet if all the land ice on the planet were to melt. This would dramatically reshape the continents and drown many of the world’s major cities.

The Economic Failure Of Venezuela

The Economic Failure Of Venezuela

Economics, Explainers, Videos

In terms of countries that had it easy Venezuela by all counts should be at the top of the list, it is home to the largest oil deposits in the world, easily beating out the typical oil giants like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab eremites. But they squandered it.

How To Build An Eco-Warrior

How To Build An Eco-Warrior

Nature, Politics

Like her school-skipping compatriot Pippi Longstocking, the classic of children’s literature created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, Greta Thunberg loves calling bullshit on adults, their ​nuanced” worldview and self-congratulating conspiracies.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
The People's NSA

The People's NSA

Politics, Tech, Videos

Meet the hackers who are working with investigative journalists to expose organized crime and corruption by some of the world’s most sinister governments. Those governments are going to great lengths to shut down investigative reporting through cyber attacks and other intimidation tactics.

"Whiteout", Single Take Thriller Short Film by Lance Edmands

"Whiteout", Single Take Thriller Short Film by Lance Edmands

Videos

Whiteout from writer/director Lance Edmands is a tense, well-crafted single-take short film. When a young couple encounters a strange old man wandering in a snowstorm, they must decide if he needs help, or if he has more sinister intentions.

"Framed", An Award-Winning Noir Tale In Stop-Motion

"Framed", An Award-Winning Noir Tale In Stop-Motion

Videos

Who on Earth is handed a worse fate than toys and figurines? They are made to be controlled, with zero chance of gaining basic rights. Without a chance to speak unless a string is pulled or a button pushed, who will carry their voice for them? “Framed” tells the story of a clay pawn in a human’s game.

Use A 'Fake' Location To Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

Use A 'Fake' Location To Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

Economics, Explainers

I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens

Explainers, Food

Although pink Himalayan salt is perfectly functional for its intended culinary purpose—making food salty—it’s never before been particularly prized or venerated for its quality. That makes its meteoric rise from food-world also-ran to modern lifestyle totem all the more unlikely.

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