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The Tech Giants Are Coming For Our Homes

The Tech Giants Are Coming For Our Homes

Tech, Videos

The likes of Amazon, Google, Samsung, Apple and others are all competing for smart home dominance – but what drove so many of us to invite these multinational corporations into the highly personal spaces where we live?

Investigating The Dangerous New Mafia Taking Control In Italy

Investigating The Dangerous New Mafia Taking Control In Italy

Crime, Videos, World

The mafia is one of Italy’s most famous international business brands, with an estimated annual turnover of $250 billion a year. But its market share is being challenged by a group of ruthless new players. This documentary is about the growing power of Nigerian organized crime in the birthplace of the Italian mafia.

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.

Why Ban Dollar Stores?

Why Ban Dollar Stores?

Business, Cities, Health, Politics

Dollar-discount stores get the blame for “food deserts”—neighborhoods without supermarkets. It’s claimed, these stores drive out supermarkets with their low prices and saturate poor neighborhoods with junk food. But are dollar stores really to blame for bad diets?

Inside A Pro-Trump YouTube Disinformation Network That Spans Vietnam To Bosnia

Inside A Pro-Trump YouTube Disinformation Network That Spans Vietnam To Bosnia

Apps, Politics, Tech

YouTube removed at least 20 channels posting false or divisive content to generate ad dollars. The channels used voice-over actors to read scripts. A sampling of recent clips included: “BREAKING: Trump Just Made One Bold Move – Obama Must Scream”; and “They Did It! – Supreme Court Ends It For Dems.”

What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’?

What Separates Champions From ‘Almost Champions’?

Health, Life, Psychology

For a recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, talent development researchers Dave Collins, Áine MacNamara, and Neil McCarthy examined the differences between athletes who overcame adversity and went on to become world-class and those who struggled in the face of hardship.

What Happened When Oslo Decided To Make Its Downtown Basically Car-Free?

What Happened When Oslo Decided To Make Its Downtown Basically Car-Free?

Cities

It was a huge success: Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people. Several other cities are also working to reduce car use, such as Madrid, which limits access to the city center for anyone other than the people who live there.

Pocket Casts: The Powerful Podcast Player App

Pocket Casts: The Powerful Podcast Player App

Apps

When you’re ready to dive into the world of podcasting, it’s best to take a guide to show you the way. Pocket Casts will introduce you to content you’ll fall in love with, and help you manage it all with ease. Find out why people listen for longer and enjoy content more with Pocket Casts.

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
Stunning Photographs Of A Pre-Fame Prince In 1977

Stunning Photographs Of A Pre-Fame Prince In 1977

History, Photos

In 1977 the photographer Robert Whitman was asked to take some promo shots of an unknown 19-year-old musician called Prince Rogers Nelson. Over a couple of days, he shot the 19-year-old musician all over Minneapolis. Whitman was the first professional photographer ever to shoot Prince.

The Economics Of Cruise Ships

The Economics Of Cruise Ships

Business, Economics, Explainers

For decades, cruise companies have gone to great lengths to bypass US employment laws, hiring foreign workers for less than $2/hour. They’ve sheltered themselves as foreign entities while simultaneously benefitting from US taxpayer-funded agencies and resources.

The Productivity Paradox

The Productivity Paradox

Business, Economics, Tech

Higher productivity means the expectation of rising wages and abundant job opportunities. In a time of Facebook, smartphones, self-driving cars, and computers that can beat a person at just about any board game, how can the key economic measure of technological progress be so pathetic?

How Ketamine Became The Drug Of Choice For Our Dissociated Moment

How Ketamine Became The Drug Of Choice For Our Dissociated Moment

Health, Life

Technically speaking, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, meaning that it numbs your body and makes you feel apart from your environment — like you’re watching your own life happen instead of living it. But that doesn’t begin to capture the weirdness of what it feels like to get high on K.

How A Good Scam Can Bypass Our Defences

How A Good Scam Can Bypass Our Defences

Crime, Long Reads

Scammers exploit cognitive errors, like “optimism bias.” Most people think they’re a little bit charmed, a little luckier than average. We harbour a personal fable that things are likely to go well for us.

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.

Why Aren't Millennials Buying Homes?

Why Aren't Millennials Buying Homes?

Economics, Videos

In the UK, only one in four middle-income millennials are on the housing ladder. Twenty years ago,  65% of this group owned homes. What’s changed? Is it possible to buy a house without help? And with more people privately renting, what are the implications for starting families, retirement and society at large?

Ramzan Kadyrov: Brutal Tyrant, Instagram Star

Ramzan Kadyrov: Brutal Tyrant, Instagram Star

Apps, Politics, Videos

Ramzan Kadyrov is the leader of Chechnya. He is a Putin proxy that has been in charge of the Russian republic since 2007. Despite revelations about kidnapping, torturing and killing gay people, Kadyrov has continued to maintain an upbeat profile on Instagram, where he is a prolific user.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
Snapshots of Manchester In The 1960s

Snapshots of Manchester In The 1960s

History, Photos

A series of photos of Manchester in the 60s, including Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester Central Station, The Scala cinema on Wilmslow Road, Ringway (Manchester) Airport, the Church of the Holy Name, the Manchester City Art Gallery, Piccadilly Plaza, Mancunian Way, Mosley Street and more.

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Dubai: Expectation vs Reality

Cities, Videos, World

Dubai – perhaps the best-known city of the United Arab Emirates, with a reputation for attracting the glamorous and the wealthy. Less than 5% of its GDP comes from oil, but it essentially has made its success through diversifying into property real estate, aviation, trade, banking and finance. But what’s going on beneath the surface?

"Jahre Viking", The World's Biggest Ship Ever Built

"Jahre Viking", The World's Biggest Ship Ever Built

Videos

She was nearly twice the length of the Titanic, and her lesser-known history is no less epic. She’s been called by many names like Seawise Giant, Happy Ginat, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis and Oppama & Mont. She was the biggest moving object that mankind has ever built.

How A TV Sitcom Triggered The Downfall Of Western Civilization

How A TV Sitcom Triggered The Downfall Of Western Civilization

Life, Media

‘Friends’ signals a harsh embrace of anti-intellectualism in America, where a gifted and intelligent man is persecuted by his idiot compatriots. And even if you see it from my point of view, it doesn’t matter. The constant barrage of laughter from the live studio audience will remind us that our own reactions are unnecessary, redundant.

Can I Boost My Immune System?

Can I Boost My Immune System?

Health, Life

The germs we are exposed to over a lifetime, as well as lifestyle factors like stress, sleep, diet and exercise all play a role in the strength of our immune response. Here’s what works — and what doesn’t.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
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.

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Science, Tech

For almost two decades after becoming world champion in 1985, Garry Kasparov dominated the game with a ferocious style of play and an equally ferocious swagger. In 1997, at the height of his powers, Kasparov was crushed and cowed by an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue.

How Steak Became Manly And Salads Became Feminine

How Steak Became Manly And Salads Became Feminine

Explainers, Food

Beginning in the late 19th century, a steady stream of dietary advice, corporate advertising and magazine articles created a division between male and female tastes that, for more than a century, has shaped everything from dinner plans to menu designs.

Preparing For The End Of The World, On A Budget

Preparing For The End Of The World, On A Budget

Life

A Harvard Ph.D. and former military intelligence officer with 30 years of experience, Drew Miller would know a good defensible spot when he sees it. Miller is a self-described “prepper,” someone who makes active preparations to survive the fall of human civilization.

Gun Shop, America's Love Affair With Guns

Gun Shop, America's Love Affair With Guns

Crime, Videos

This film shows 2,328 firearms, out of the 393 million currently in the US. Arranged in a dizzying 24 frames per second progression, from handguns to semi-automatic rifles, “Gun Shop” encourages viewers to critically examine America’s love affair with guns.

It May Be the Biggest Tax Heist Ever. And Europe Wants Justice.

It May Be the Biggest Tax Heist Ever. And Europe Wants Justice.

Crime

Stock traders are accused of siphoning $60 billion from state coffers, in a scheme that one called “the devil’s machine.” The scheme was built around “cum-ex trading”: a monetary maneuver to avoid double taxation of investment profits. Germany is the first country to try to get its money back.

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