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Can We Terraform The Sahara To Stop Climate Change?

Can We Terraform The Sahara To Stop Climate Change?

Nature, Videos

We are going to examine the feasibility and effect of afforestation in the two largest subtropical deserts in the world, the Sahara and the Australian outback. These are the perfect candidates for afforestation, neither have large competing human populations, agricultural activity, or large natural animal and plant populations.

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.

The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course

The Long-Forgotten Flight That Sent Boeing Off Course

Business, History

It was May 2001. And Boeing’s leaders, CEO Phil Condit and President Harry Stonecipher, had decided it was time to put some distance between themselves and the people actually making the company’s planes. How much distance? This flight—a PR stunt to end the two-month contest for Boeing’s new headquarters—would reveal the answer.

The Million-Dollar Hacker

The Million-Dollar Hacker

Tech, Videos

Tommy DeVoss used to break into websites illicitly. But after serving time for his crimes, he now uses his skills to earn an honest living. Through arrangements known as bug bounty programs, companies pay him to find security holes in their systems. He’s now earned more than $1 million in this emerging profession.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: The Many Myths Of Vladimir Putin

Killer, Kleptocrat, Genius, Spy: The Many Myths Of Vladimir Putin

Long Reads, Politics

Putin’s recent ubiquity has brought great prominence to the practice of Putinology. This enterprise – the production of commentary and analysis about Putin and his motivations, based on necessarily partial, incomplete and sometimes entirely false information – has existed as a distinct intellectual industry for over a decade.

The Shocking Rape Trial That Galvanised Spain’s Feminists – And The Far Right

The Shocking Rape Trial That Galvanised Spain’s Feminists – And The Far Right

Crime, Long Reads

The ‘wolf pack’ case inspired widespread anger and protests against sexual assault laws in Spain. The case had been a moment of reckoning, which laid bare a deep culture of misogyny in Spanish society. But the anti-feminist backlash that followed has helped propel the far-right to its biggest gains since Franco.

Muslims Of Early America

Muslims Of Early America

History, Long Reads

Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten? Not just the language of Islam, but the religion itself likely arrived in America in 1492, more than 20 years before Martin Luther nailed his theses to the door, igniting the Protestant reformation.

Undercover Reporter Reveals Life In A Polish Troll Farm

Undercover Reporter Reveals Life In A Polish Troll Farm

Politics, Tech

Undercover reporter, Katarzyna Pruszkiewicz, spent six months this year working at Cat@Net, which describes itself as an “ePR agency comprising specialists who build a positive image of companies, private individuals and public institutions – mostly in social media.”.

What Would Happen If Facebook Were Turned Off?

What Would Happen If Facebook Were Turned Off?

Apps, Life, Tech

Facebook is blamed for all sorts of social horrors: from addiction and bullying to the erosion of fact-based political discourse and the enabling of genocide. New research—and there is more all the time—suggests such accusations are not entirely without merit. It may be time to consider what life without Facebook would be like.

Inside The Members-Only Eating Clubs Of San Sebastián

Inside The Members-Only Eating Clubs Of San Sebastián

Food, World

Step into the private kitchens of Basque country’s sociedades gastronómicas, where everything revolves around food. From the three-star restaurants to the napkins-on-the-floor pintxo joints, these culinary clubs, which have been around for about 150 years, still harbor some of the most interesting kitchens of all.

How To Stop Plastic Getting Into The Ocean

How To Stop Plastic Getting Into The Ocean

Nature, Videos

By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean by weight, than fish. Plastic pollution is definitely one of the largest threats our oceans face today. Meet the engineers who are using rubbish-guzzling boats to stem the flow at its source.

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: How The Biggest Heist In The History Of Us Espionage Was Foiled

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: How The Biggest Heist In The History Of Us Espionage Was Foiled

Crime, Long Reads

Being underestimated had been the theme of Brian Regan’s life, a curse he had borne silently since childhood. But for the mission he had now embarked upon, it was a blessing. No one in the intelligence community could have imagined that he of all people was capable of masterminding a complex espionage plot.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
How To Optimize Your Life

How To Optimize Your Life

Explainers, Life, Videos

You’ve only got — on average — 78.53 years on this planet, total. And you’re likely already spending a precious 5 hours each day on email, not to mention the time spent waiting in line or stuck in transit. But what if there were ways to make more time out of time?

Chasing Colombia’s ‘Cocaine Hippos’

Chasing Colombia’s ‘Cocaine Hippos’

Nature, World

After the Colombian National Police killed Escobar in 1993, zoos and private collectors acquired the animals, all except the hippopotamuses. They are only hippos in the wild outside Africa. Escobar started with four hippos. Today, a UC San Diego biologist estimates there are 80 to 100.

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.

The Art World’s Mini-Madoff And Me

The Art World’s Mini-Madoff And Me

Art, Crime, Long Reads

Inigo Philbrick made his money betting big on a rise in price for a few artists, notably Stingel, who is known for his seemingly endless series of indistinguishable paintings of wallpaper, and Wool, whose most famous text painting fittingly spells out the word FOOL.

America's Cocaine Habit Fueled Its Migrant Crisis

America's Cocaine Habit Fueled Its Migrant Crisis

Crime, Politics, Videos

During the 90s, traffickers started shipping their drugs through Central America and over land to Mexico. That created a violent and competitive turf war between gangs and organizations in Guatemala and Honduras, and after the governments cracked down, violence only increased, forcing people to flee, often to the US.

It’s Not You. Phones Are Designed To Be Addicting.

It’s Not You. Phones Are Designed To Be Addicting.

Apps, Explainers, Tech, Videos

Today’s phones are hard to put down. Push notifications buzz in your pocket, red bubbles demand attention, and endless distractions sit at your fingertips. It can feel impossible to pull away from. The 3 design elements that make smartphones so hard to put down, explained by Google’s former design ethicist.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual For Cops

Crime, Science, Tech

Palantir is one of the most significant and secretive companies in big data analysis. The company acts as an information management service for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, corporations like JP Morgan and Airbus, and dozens of other local, state, and federal agencies.

How You End Up In And Survive A Cult

How You End Up In And Survive A Cult

Life, Videos

How do well-meaning, intelligent people end up in a cult? EnlightenNext was an organization, founded by self-styled guru Andrew Cohen, that aimed to facilitate spiritual awakening. Cohen’s most devoted students meditated for hours—at times, months—on end, were often celibate, and lived together.

Sustainable Rice Packaging Becomes An Artistic Tissue Box In Afterlife

Sustainable Rice Packaging Becomes An Artistic Tissue Box In Afterlife

Design

To showcase Thung Kula Ronghai’s efforts of growing gorgeous grain, a designer reimagined the packaging as a tribute to the process with a purpose that went beyond preserving rice. The eco-friendly and recyclable box can be used as a tissue box after it has served its purpose of storing rice.

How Small Business Owners Survived The Great Recession

How Small Business Owners Survived The Great Recession

Business

Successful business owners employed a variety of strategies to make ends meet, from entering into strategic partnerships to significantly downsizing staff. When small business owners faced dramatic downward shifts in revenue, they had to get creative and, in some cases, make extremely difficult decisions.

Skywatch, A Sci-Fi Proof Of Concept Short Film by Colin Levy

Skywatch, A Sci-Fi Proof Of Concept Short Film by Colin Levy

Videos

When two outcast teens hack into a ubiquitous drone delivery system to pull a prank on their neighbor, they accidentally crash-land a dangerous prototype – and find themselves entangled in a life-and-death conspiracy. Six years in the making, funded via Kickstarter, and crafted by volunteering vfx artists across the world.

How One American Citizen Was Forcibly Drafted Into The South Korean Army

How One American Citizen Was Forcibly Drafted Into The South Korean Army

History, Politics

Illinois-born Young Chun thought a stint teaching English in Korea would be a quick and easy way to pay off his mounting post-college debt. He could not have been more wrong. Chun became a victim of a collision between unforgiving bureaucracy and the meddling of an unknown family member thousands of miles away.

Why China Is Building Islands In The South China Sea

Why China Is Building Islands In The South China Sea

Politics, Videos, World

China is building islands in the South China Sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view.

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