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The Law That’s Helping Fuel Delhi’s Deadly Air Pollution

The Law That’s Helping Fuel Delhi’s Deadly Air Pollution

Cities, Health, Nature, World

The World Health Organization reported last year that 11 of the 12 cities in the world with the most pollution from PM2.5 were in India. A policy to conserve water resources led to the rise of a major source of air pollution, making breathing Delhi’s air as bad as smoking 50 cigarettes.

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.

The Case For More Silent Meetings

The Case For More Silent Meetings

Business, Explainers, Videos

Talking meetings have much merit, but can also be subject to a host of problems. Current research supports the benefits of holding a “silent meeting” as one way of better leveraging the ideas, perspectives, and insights of organizational talent.

The Radical Plan To Save The Planet By Working Less

The Radical Plan To Save The Planet By Working Less

Economics, Life

The degrowth movement wants to intentionally shrink the economy to address climate change, and create lives with less stuff, less work, and better well-being. This new accounting of economic success would focus on access to public services, a shorter work week, and an increase in leisure time. But is it a utopian fantasy?

The Golden Ratio: Design’s Biggest Myth

The Golden Ratio: Design’s Biggest Myth

Architecture, Design

In the world of art, architecture, and design, the golden ratio has earned a tremendous reputation. The Parthenon, the Pyramids at Giza, the paintings of Michelangelo, the Mona Lisa, even the Apple logo are all said to incorporate it. The golden ratio’s aesthetic bona fides are an urban legend, a myth, a design unicorn.

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.

First-Born Children Really Are Treated Differently by Mom

First-Born Children Really Are Treated Differently by Mom

Life

While moms tried to apply the same parenting rationale to both their kids, it didn’t really work out in application. Mothers engaged in 15 percent more play with older children, and younger siblings received roughly four percent more praise and 9 percent more physical affection.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
How Typefaces Influence You

How Typefaces Influence You

Design, Explainers

A typeface choice could influence your perception of people running for school board seats, the lawyer opening a new law office, or the coffee shop you never noticed before.

The Small Virginia Town Where Drone Deliveries Have Begun For Real

The Small Virginia Town Where Drone Deliveries Have Begun For Real

Business, Innovation, Tech

Wing, a subsidiary of Google, chose Christiansburg (population 22,500) as its first launching site for American commercial drone delivery operations — it’s also testing in Australia and Finland — not only because of the relatively flat terrain and low population density, but because of nearby Virginia Tech University.

Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign Painted Sunblock On All The Faces On Billboards Along A Main Highway

Skin Cancer Prevention Campaign Painted Sunblock On All The Faces On Billboards Along A Main Highway

Media

Peru has the highest UV radiation levels in the world. So to highlight the need for sunblock, agency McCann Lima partnered with 21 brands that advertise on the Panamericana Sur, the busiest highway linking Lima and the country’s beaches, to hijack their billboards with the addition of sunblock.

History Remembers These People, Just Not Their Names

History Remembers These People, Just Not Their Names

History

Throughout history, people have made a name for themselves without anyone actually knowing their name, from the protestor who stood up to a tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989, to notorious successful hijacker D.B. Cooper (almost certainly not his real name).

The Junk Art King Of Zambia

The Junk Art King Of Zambia

Art, World

Frederick Phiri is the junk-art king of central Africa: At just 22, he’s started to earn an international reputation for being able to make intricate and elegant sculptures from scrap metal found in his community.

The Start-Ups Building ‘Dark Kitchens’ For Uber Eats And Deliveroo

The Start-Ups Building ‘Dark Kitchens’ For Uber Eats And Deliveroo

Business, Food, Innovation, Tech

Venture capitalists have all aligned on the best solution: kitchens that only serve delivery customers, known as “cloud”, “ghost” or “dark” kitchens, that use a combination of advanced food preparation, underused real estate and algorithm-driven optimisation to lower overheads and increase output.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Inside My Nightmarish Quest For Screen Time Zero

Inside My Nightmarish Quest For Screen Time Zero

Health, Life, Tech

Living a life free from screens. It’s something we all wish we could do, but, thanks to the now-ubiquitous nature of technology, can’t. I spent a week cutting my screen time in half each successive day: eight hours on Monday, four hours on Tuesday, and so on until I had less than 10 minutes on Sunday.

Credit Card Companies Are Tracking Shoppers Like Never Before

Credit Card Companies Are Tracking Shoppers Like Never Before

Business, Tech

Transactions have given rise to a complex data-selling ecosystem. At the heart of it are credit card processing networks, including Visa, American Express, and Mastercard, the latter of which took in $4.1 billion in 2019 for services that include marketing analytics as well as fraud detection.

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.

Nietzsche On How To Find Yourself And The True Value Of Education

Nietzsche On How To Find Yourself And The True Value Of Education

History, Life, Psychology

Friedrich Nietzsche considered the journey of self-discovery one of the greatest and most fertile existential difficulties. “Any human being who does not wish to be part of the masses need only stop making things easy for himself. “Be yourself! All that you are now doing, thinking, desiring, all that is not you.”

Sintra's Mysterious 'Inverted Tower'

Sintra's Mysterious 'Inverted Tower'

Videos, World

Steeped in strange symbology, the breath-taking ‘inverted tower’, or initiation well, found at the heart of Sintra’s Quinta da Regaleira celebrates Portugal’s unique historical connection to the mysterious and enigmatic Knights Templar.

3D Printed Housing For Those Who Need It Most

3D Printed Housing For Those Who Need It Most

Architecture, Design, Innovation, Videos

New Story, ICON, and Échale have completed the first two printed homes in the world’s first 3D printed community in Mexico. The 3D printed homes feature two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bath. Co-designed with feedback from the families who will live in them, the homes have been created to meet the specific needs of the community.

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.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
The World's Most Beautiful Homes Are Also Down To Earth

The World's Most Beautiful Homes Are Also Down To Earth

Architecture, Design, Nature

‘The Art of Earth Architecture: Past, Present, Future’ is both an informative global survey of buildings made from the technique—from ancient Egypt to today—and a call to action: Conventional construction is killing the planet, and we need to introduce more ecologically minded techniques into the fold.

Why We Fell For Clean Eating

Why We Fell For Clean Eating

Apps, Food, Long Reads

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it.

"Safety", Award-Winning Short Film About A School Shooting In America

"Safety", Award-Winning Short Film About A School Shooting In America

Videos

In a small-town elementary school, 8-year-old Michael lays on the cold gym floor. Suddenly the class hears the sound of a gunshot nearby. As they rush to seek refuge in their gym teacher’s office, Michael senses something familiar about the shooter and makes a daring move, altering both of their lives forever.

Water-Resistant And Biodegradable Plant-Based Plastic

Water-Resistant And Biodegradable Plant-Based Plastic

Innovation, Science

A group of researchers at Japan’s Osaka University has developed an alternative type of plastic which is not only biodegradable in seawater but is also water-resistant under normal use. The plastic is made from cellulose nanofibers and starch, both of which were extracted from plants.

The Dollhouses Of Death That Changed Forensic Science

The Dollhouses Of Death That Changed Forensic Science

Art, Crime, Videos

Frances Glessner Lee created dollhouses with dead dolls. Her miniatures significantly advanced forensics and forensic science, but they aren’t just CSI curios – they’re complex, confounding works of art that manage to be morbid and beautiful at the same time.

Eating The Arab Roots Of Sicilian Cuisine

Eating The Arab Roots Of Sicilian Cuisine

Food

Seen from the sky, the island appears as a triangularish football being punted toward the Maghreb by Italy’s boot. It’s a pixelated reflection of Sicilian identity itself, which hovers midway between North African and European. For Sicilians, mal d’Africa is a kind of phantom continent syndrome, a sense of nostalgia for a lost homeland.

The Art Of Losing Friends And Alienating People

The Art Of Losing Friends And Alienating People

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

Our culture long ago made peace with the fragility of matrimony, but we still have high expectations for friendships. If you really care about someone, you should be able to pick up where you left off, no matter how long it’s been. Friendship’s something you don’t really lose, right?

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.

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