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The Food Deserts Of Memphis: Inside America's Hunger Capital

The Food Deserts Of Memphis: Inside America's Hunger Capital

Cities, Food, Health, Videos

In the ‘food deserts’ of Memphis, Tennessee, dominated by fast food outlets and convenience stores, locals lack what seems a basic human right in the richer half of the city: a supermarket. With a big gap in life expectancy, are these Americans doomed to die younger than their neighbours – or can they fight for their right to nutrition?

The Decade Disney Won

The Decade Disney Won

Business, Media

The control Disney has on pop culture is kind of terrifying. Marvel’s superhero movies and Star Wars are two of—if not the—biggest franchises in the world. Add those to Pixar’s beloved library of films and its own perennially popular movies, and Disney is effectively in charge of what people watch.

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.

How ‘Landscape Urbanism’ Is Making Gentrification Look Like Fun

How ‘Landscape Urbanism’ Is Making Gentrification Look Like Fun

Architecture, Cities, Economics

The High Line and its imitators are examples of “landscape urbanism,” a growing design movement that places green space in collision with old infrastructure. Rehabilitation projects follow a familiar playbook, aestheticizing the labor of the past even as they support a gentrified future.

This Is What The Earth’s Climate Will Look Like In 2050

This Is What The Earth’s Climate Will Look Like In 2050

Nature, World

We know that Earth will continue to warm. We know that the adverse impacts of climate change are disproportionately larger as we go to higher temperatures and that the risk of irreversible and disastrous changes increases. We know that sea levels will continue to rise and that melting of ice caps will continue.

Conman: The Life And Crimes Of Mark Acklom

Conman: The Life And Crimes Of Mark Acklom

Crime, Videos

Watch the full story of the cunning fraudster who posed as an MI6 agent to con his ex-girlfriend out of £800,000. The documentary features the first TV interview with Diana Acklom, his mother. In it, she has an extraordinary theory for her son’s prolific crimes.

For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection

For Cops Who Kill, Special Supreme Court Protection

Crime, Long Reads

The U.S. high court’s continual refinement of an obscure legal doctrine has made it harder to hold police accountable when accused of using excessive force. Sick with pneumonia, agitated and confused, Johnny Leija refused to return to his hospital room. Moments later, Leija was dead at age 34.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

Apps, Politics, Tech

In April 2014, a public relations firm representing the Saudi Embassy asked Ahmad Abouammo, part of Twitter’s global media team, to verify an account belonging to a Saudi news personality. This request for a blue checkmark opened the door to a working relationship with the country’s government.

Deepfake Video: The Weaponization Of Fake News

Deepfake Video: The Weaponization Of Fake News

Media, Politics, Tech, Videos

The technology to manipulate video has become so sophisticated that words can literally be put into people’s mouths. Mark Kelley explores how it’s done and why the implications have led the U.S. Defence Department to work to protect itself against the “weaponization” of fake news.

The Criminalization Of The American Midwife

The Criminalization Of The American Midwife

Health, Long Reads

New York midwife Elizabeth Catlin faces 95 individual felony counts at her upcoming trial. For what? For doing her job. Politics and patriarchy make the work of many credentialed, experienced midwives illegal — to the detriment of women and underserved communities.

A Theory Of Style

A Theory Of Style

Design

We can analyse how fashion works by breaking it down into networks of style elements. What role, then, for human creativity? Does the cultural sphere have human agency on a leash?

The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers In A Hole

The SoftBank Effect: How $100 Billion Left Workers In A Hole

Long Reads, Tech, World

Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s chief executive, was hailed as a kingmaker in 2016 when he unveiled the Vision Fund. Using the cash hoard, Mr. Son poured money into fledgling companies across the world, many of which have a business model of hiring contractors who deliver their services. Above all, he urged these start-ups to grow as fast as possible.

Is Sunscreen The New Margarine?

Is Sunscreen The New Margarine?

Health, Science

A rogue band of researchers argues that what made the people with high vitamin D levels so healthy was not the vitamin itself. Their vitamin D levels were high because they were getting plenty of exposure to the thing that was really responsible for their good health—that big orange ball shining down from above.

How America’s Biggest Theater Chains Are Exploiting Their Janitors

How America’s Biggest Theater Chains Are Exploiting Their Janitors

Art, Economics

The major chains — AMC, Regal Entertainment and Cinemark — no longer rely on teenage ushers to keep the floors from getting sticky. Instead, they have turned to a vast immigrant workforce, often hired through layers of subcontractors. That arrangement makes it almost impossible for janitors to make a living wage.

The Stranger At My Brother's Grave

The Stranger At My Brother's Grave

Videos

In a pretty Cotswold village, a mystery has been puzzling residents for decades. Following the death of local Boy Scout Karl Smith in 1947, mysterious gifts and messages began appearing on his grave in Prestbury. Despite his sister Ann Kear’s best efforts, the identity of the visitor has never been revealed.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
The Ever-Growing Car: Why Do They Keep Getting Wider?

The Ever-Growing Car: Why Do They Keep Getting Wider?

Business, Design

We all know cars getting bigger and heavier. Most of us know why they are getting bigger, too. To comply with today’s stringent crash regulations – by passing offset, side and roof impact tests, as well as those evaluating pedestrian protection performance – cars require considerable cubic metres of controllably crushable bodywork.

Unlearning The Myth Of American Innocence

Unlearning The Myth Of American Innocence

Long Reads

For all their patriotism, Americans rarely think about how their national identities relate to their personal ones. In recent years, however, this national identity has become more difficult to ignore. Americans can no longer travel in foreign countries without noticing the strange weight we carry with us.

We Are Living In A Failed State

We Are Living In A Failed State

Life, Politics

When the virus came here, it found a country with serious underlying conditions, and it exploited them ruthlessly. Chronic ills—a corrupt political class, a sclerotic bureaucracy, a heartless economy, a divided and distracted public—had gone untreated for years. We had learned to live, uncomfortably, with the symptoms.

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.

The One Route Ghost Airline Between Egypt & Israel

The One Route Ghost Airline Between Egypt & Israel

Videos, World

Air Sinai appeared on the Internet in February 2020 and for the scarce few who were in the know about Air Sinai, it was a real shock. What’s so special about this ghost airline and how come up until now it was impossible to book a flight without being transferred endlessly between travel agents?

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Art, Explainers, Media

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Others are perfectly content with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are some ideas.

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.

What Happened To American Childhood?

What Happened To American Childhood?

Life, Long Reads, Psychology

The percentage of 12-to-17-year-olds who had experienced a major depressive episode in the previous year shot up from 8 percent to 13 percent. Among girls, the rate was even higher; in 2017, one in five reported experiencing major depression. Here’s what we can do about it.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
How To Be A Leader That Inspires People To Change

How To Be A Leader That Inspires People To Change

Explainers, Life

No matter how old you are or what type of role you have in life, there are times you’re a follower, and there are times you’re a leader. I don’t care whether you’re in high school or leading a firm with 500 people, some situations require leadership.

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Ocean’s Wildlife

A Shocking Campaign Uses Graphic Images To Point Out The Damage That Plastic Pollution Has On The Ocean’s Wildlife

Art, Media, Nature

A simple plastic bag seems harmless, but it can represent extreme suffering – and even death. Depicting this unfortunate truth through strong images, Sea Shepherd, an NGO focused on the conservation of marine wildlife, is launching a plastic awareness campaign.

What Does A Cashless Future Mean?

What Does A Cashless Future Mean?

Economics, Politics, Videos

Operating in cash costs countries about 0.5% of their GDP every year. But cost isn’t the only incentive to move towards a cashless future. Many countries are going cashless at great speed. What are the advantages of ditching hard cash and what are the dangers?

The Future Of Energy Storage Beyond Lithium-Ion

The Future Of Energy Storage Beyond Lithium-Ion

Innovation, Tech, Videos

Over the past decade, prices for solar panels and wind farms have reached all-time lows. However, the price for lithium-ion batteries, the leading energy storage technology, has remained too high. So researchers are exploring other alternatives, including flow batteries, thermal batteries, and gravity-based systems.

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio Proposes Cantilevering Glass Pool Over Norwegian Fjord

Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio Proposes Cantilevering Glass Pool Over Norwegian Fjord

Architecture, Design

Istanbul practice Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio proposed building the hotel on a site 600-metres-high on Preikestolen – a steep cliff and popular tourist spot in the west of Norway that overhangs the Lysefjorden fjord. It is intended to recreate the thrill of embarking on hiking trails around the cliff.

A Bird’s Eye View Of Children’s Diets Around The Globe

A Bird’s Eye View Of Children’s Diets Around The Globe

Food, Photos

In the new book, Daily Bread: What Kids Eat Around the World, American photographer Gregg Segal has created a snapshot of the relationship between diet, culture, and location in a series of stunning portraits wherein the children are photographed surrounded by one-weeks forth of food.

Rhys Frampton Captures Two Unique Communities In America

Rhys Frampton Captures Two Unique Communities In America

Photos, World

His first commission documented the Compton Cowboys, a group of people who created a ranch in a notoriously violent part of Los Angeles. His latest Wrangler commission was in Marfa, Texas, where he was tasked with capturing the Wall of Death group – America’s original extreme motorcycle show.

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