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Why Do We Even Listen To New Music?

Why Do We Even Listen To New Music?

Life

Listening to new music is hard. Not hard compared to going to space or war, but hard compared to listening to music we already know. Our brains reward us for seeking out what we already know. So why should we reach to listen to something we don’t?

The True History Behind 'The Plot Against America'

The True History Behind 'The Plot Against America'

History, Media, Politics

Philip Roth’s classic novel, newly adapted by HBO, envisions a world in which Charles Lindbergh wins the 1940 presidential election. Roth’s account of a celebrity-turned-politician winning the presidency on a platform of fearmongering and “othering” proved more prophetic than he could have predicted.

Gennaro Panzuto: The Lancashire Hideaway Of An Italian Mafia Boss

Gennaro Panzuto: The Lancashire Hideaway Of An Italian Mafia Boss

Crime

People liked the gregarious charismatic Italian guy trying to grow pots of basil in the wind-swept chill of rural Lancashire. And Gennaro liked the caravan park because it was a good place to live quietly. It was a good place to hide from the truth written in blood on the streets of Naples.

The Forgotten History Of How Automakers Invented The Crime Of "Jaywalking"

The Forgotten History Of How Automakers Invented The Crime Of "Jaywalking"

Business, Crime, Explainers, History

If there’s traffic in the area and you want to follow the law, you need to find a crosswalk. And if there’s a traffic light, you need to wait for it to change to green. Fail to do so, and you’re committing a crime: jaywalking. It’s the result of an aggressive, forgotten 1920s campaign led by auto groups and manufacturers.

Can We Survive Extreme Heat?

Can We Survive Extreme Heat?

Long Reads, Nature

As the climate warms, heat waves are growing longer, hotter, and more frequent. Since the 1960s, the average number of annual heat waves in 50 major American cities has tripled. They are also becoming more deadly. Humans have never lived on a planet this hot, and we’re totally unprepared for what’s to come.

The Truth Behind Brands' Secret Formulas & Recipes

The Truth Behind Brands' Secret Formulas & Recipes

Food, Videos

Why brands are so protective of their signature formula or recipe. Is there really a thing like “secret formula” or it’s just that you are being persuaded into believing that such a thing exists. What would happen if you steal the Coca-Cola secret formula?

The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich To Excel In Elite Jobs

The ‘Hidden Mechanisms’ That Help Those Born Rich To Excel In Elite Jobs

Business, Life

Sociologists Daniel Laurison and Sam Friedman have uncovered a striking, consistent pattern in data about England’s workforce: Not only are people born into working-class families far less likely than those born wealthy to get an elite job—but they also, on average, earn 16 percent less in the same fields of work.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The Display Of The Future Might Be In Your Contact Lens

The Display Of The Future Might Be In Your Contact Lens

Innovation, Tech

As my eyes flitted around the room, I moved through a virtual interface only visible to me—scrolling through a calendar, looking up commute times home, and even controlling music playback. It’s all I theoretically need to do to use Mojo Lens, a smart contact lens coming from a company called Mojo Vision.

The Murder House

The Murder House

Crime, Long Reads

A mysterious mansion. A murder-suicide. Paranormal activity. This is the true story of 2475 Glendower Place. Before the Internet, it retained its anonymity, hiding at the foot of Griffith Park, at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Now it’s becoming an Amityville horror for the Facebook generation.

My Journey To Scotland's Most Remote Pub

My Journey To Scotland's Most Remote Pub

World

For decades, the Old Forge was the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The UK’s remotest pub, it could only be reached via boat or a three-day walk through one of Britain’s last true wildernesses, the Knoydart peninsula in Scotland.

Seven Mysterious Sounds Science Has Yet To Solve

Seven Mysterious Sounds Science Has Yet To Solve

Science

Sounds of unknown origin can be more than unsettling; they can inspire decades of mythos and fear—and obsessive scientific inquiry. From jarring radio broadcasts to harmonious dunes, here are some of the world’s great sonic mysteries.

The City Where They Murdered Yugoslavia

The City Where They Murdered Yugoslavia

History, Videos

The Bosnian War happened because a war criminal in waiting didn’t care where his ideology led him. Ratko Mladic did not believe in Yugoslavia. But he did believe in the unity of his people. And in his attempt to get to that natural dead end, he would destroy the dream of Gavrilo Princip. He would destroy all the work of Tito.

Where The Bodies Are Buried

Where The Bodies Are Buried

Crime, Tech

Mexico’s drug war has left tens of thousands of casualties in secret graves. Now, the mothers of the missing are digging them up, armed with iron rods and quadcopter drones.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Turn Your Friends’ Faces Into Temporary Tattoos

Turn Your Friends’ Faces Into Temporary Tattoos

Art

French artist Lise Grossmann has created a humorous way to keep your favorite people close. She creates custom temporary tattoos of peoples’ faces that you can wear on your own skin. She has created over 10,800 portraits for people all over the world.

The City Left Behind By China's Nuclear Ambitions

The City Left Behind By China's Nuclear Ambitions

Cities, Photos, World

Li Yang grew up in what he thought was a boring town. It was called 404, like the error code, and sat a couple hours from the nearest city, in the sun-beaten Gobi Desert of western China. It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

Science, World

For decades, Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility has represented the eye of a conspiratorial hurricane that swirls around “evidence” that aliens exist and are hiding behind its walls. Books, TV shows, and even massive online “raids” have tried to glimpse beyond its stark signs warning against trespassers.

Silicon Valley Is Listening To Your Most Intimate Moments

Silicon Valley Is Listening To Your Most Intimate Moments

Life, Tech

For $12 an hour, “data associates” listened to snippets of random conversations and jotted down every word on their laptops. Amazon would only say the work was critical to a top-secret speech-recognition product. The clips included recordings of intimate moments inside people’s homes.

How To Boost Your Home's WiFi

How To Boost Your Home's WiFi

Explainers, Tech

You may have a moment when you realize that your Wi-Fi just isn’t cutting it anymore — it could be a frozen video feed, a rainbow spinner on your screen, or a cry from your kids when their favorite game doesn’t load. Here are a few things you can do to get the most out of your bandwidth.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Trump’s Art Of The Steal

Trump’s Art Of The Steal

Long Reads, Politics

How Donald Trump rode to power by parroting other people’s fringe ideas, got himself impeached for it—and might prevail anyway. Trump mines Twitter, plucking what he wants, “very comfortable with half thoughts,” “always looking for tidbits of information that he can use to his advantage.”

The Most Extreme Railway In The World

The Most Extreme Railway In The World

Videos, World

At 430 miles long, the formidable Mauritania Railway, nicknamed the “backbone of the Sahara,” boasts some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Its journey begins in Zouerat, Mauritania, and runs across the searing desert to the port city of Nouadhibou, on Africa’s Atlantic coast.

Online Streaming: Television’s Looming Car Crash

Online Streaming: Television’s Looming Car Crash

Business, Media

As the distribution model for entertainment is remade, a revolutionary ardour has seized the industry: the choice is to win the streaming battle against the likes of Netflix, or face commercial oblivion. The immediate result has been clear: more television than ever before. There were 496 scripted TV shows made in the US last year, more than double the 216 series released in 2010.

The Secrets Behind The Runaway Success Of Apple’s Airpods

The Secrets Behind The Runaway Success Of Apple’s Airpods

Tech

If you started a business in an ultra-competitive space in consumer tech, and within three years it was earning more revenue than AMD, Spotify, Twitter, Snap or Shopify, you’d justifiably be pleased with yourself. Apple’s wearables, home and accessories division has done just this.

Why Government Websites Fail

Why Government Websites Fail

Tech

While the rest of the world has evolved to a place where we can track anything at all times and order anything from anywhere, government has been hopelessly stranded on an island in 1993.

Repopulating A Japanese town

Repopulating A Japanese town

Cities, Videos, World

As the Japanese populace shrinks and ages, and young people leave the suburbs and rural areas for cities, more and more communities are becoming ghost towns. The municipality of Okutama, on the outskirts of Tokyo, has come up with a novel solution: Give away houses to young families for free.

Short Film: "Dirty Machines: The End Of History"

Short Film: "Dirty Machines: The End Of History"

Art, Videos

“Dirty Machines: The End of History” a highly polished sci-fi teaser for a longer-form series that envisions a future where time travel has become a form of tourism. It’s stylish, but beyond the undeniable aesthetic panache, Matthew Olson’s film feels completely transformative as a world-building exercise.

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