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Everyone Needs To Stop Building Giant Glass Skyscrapers

Everyone Needs To Stop Building Giant Glass Skyscrapers

Architecture, Cities, Nature

Any building playing host to hundreds of people is going to have a huge climate footprint, but the glass is particularly problematic. The sunlight has unlimited access into the building, but no way to get out. That’s great for tomatoes, but for people it just means more air conditioning.

Destroyer Of Worlds

Destroyer Of Worlds

Tech

The story of 8chan’s founder, Fredrick Brennan, is a perfect expression of this: born with a profound disability and shuttled in and out of foster care, his creation of the site was born not out of cold calculation or political ambition, but from a need to find community in loneliness.

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

Life, Psychology

In keeping with recent research, both focus and unfocus are vital. The brain operates optimally when it toggles between focus and unfocus, allowing you to develop resilience, enhance creativity, and make better decisions too.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

Long Reads, Media, Tech

Twenty years after it sputtered onto the web, it’s now a de facto pillar in our fact-checking infrastructure. Its pages often top Google search and feed the knowledge panels that appear at the top of those results. Big Tech’s own efforts to stop misinformation also rely upon Wikipedia.

Teenage Engineering’s 3D Printables Transform IKEA Speakers Into Something Cool

Teenage Engineering’s 3D Printables Transform IKEA Speakers Into Something Cool

Design, Innovation

IKEA’s spirited Frekvens collection designed in cooperation with Stockholm-based audio geeks Teenage Engineering was already unlike anything out there in the consumer audio category. Teenage Engineering are now offering 13 additional customization accessories to 3D print gratis, adding an extra level of the practical and occasionally wonderfully weird to the IKEA line.

How Your Personality Changes As You Age

How Your Personality Changes As You Age

Life, Psychology

Our personalities were long thought to be fixed by the time we reach our 30s, but the latest research suggests they change throughout our lives – and bring some surprising benefits.

"Bloom", A Darkly Comedic Look Into The Bad Side Of Relationships

"Bloom", A Darkly Comedic Look Into The Bad Side Of Relationships

Videos

Andrew comes home from a trip, finds a rose petal in his bed and becomes immediately convinced that his girlfriend is cheating on him. The confrontation that ensues ranges from blackly comic to something decidedly darker as words escalate into distinctly visceral consequences.

‘Intensive’ Parenting Is Now The Norm In America

‘Intensive’ Parenting Is Now The Norm In America

Life

Supervised, enriching playtime. Frequent conversations about thoughts and feelings. Patient, well-reasoned explanations of household rules. And extracurriculars. Lots and lots of extracurriculars. A survey found evidence that hands-on parenting is not just what the well-off practice—it’s what everyone aspires to.

Adobe Unveils Photoshop Camera App For iOS & Android

Adobe Unveils Photoshop Camera App For iOS & Android

Apps, Design, Photos

Adobe today announced a new mobile app called Photoshop Camera, which “brings Photoshop magic directly to the point of capture.” Photoshop Camera is a new Sensei AI-powered app that automatically recognizes subjects in photos and suggests artist-created image filters to apply.

Amy Sherald

Inspiration
Amy Sherald
"Happiness", An Animated Mirror Into Our Culture

"Happiness", An Animated Mirror Into Our Culture

Videos

“Happiness”, by Steve Cutts, is a brilliant jab at our Trumpian universe, where people have been brainwashed into believing that the newest device, car, hot partner, or pill will fulfill our inner yearning for peace.

The Dark Side Of Charisma

The Dark Side Of Charisma

Life

Charisma is a force that can rally people during difficult times, but it can also blind people and lead them to accept unwise actions, policies or conditions. And when it comes to leadership, political and professional, charisma matters more than we’d probably like to admit.

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.

Waste Heat From Underground Begins Warming London's Homes

Waste Heat From Underground Begins Warming London's Homes

Architecture, Cities

The Bunhill 2 Energy Centre has started capturing excess heat from the London Underground to help warm over 1,000 buildings in the UK capital. A perforated red-metal pavilion distinguishes the Bunhill 2 Energy Centre, which occupies the site of the disused City Road tube station.

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.

Are Rich People Heartless?

Are Rich People Heartless?

Life, Psychology, Videos

According to Chris Ryan, the author of ‘Civilized to Death: the price of progress’, rich people have the tendency to distance themselves from people because of their wealth differential.

"I Knew Right Away It Was My Dad"

"I Knew Right Away It Was My Dad"

Crime

Late one February evening in 2005, Kerri Rawson went online and listened to a recording of the BTK killer from 1977. It was a 911 call, a chilling dispatch in which the caller casually reported a homicide he had just committed to the police. Seized by fear and disgust, Rawson realized she recognized her dad’s voice.

Marko Stupic

Inspiration
Marko Stupic
America Is About To Witness The Biggest Labor Movement It’s Seen In Decades

America Is About To Witness The Biggest Labor Movement It’s Seen In Decades

Business, Economics

The past four decades have been perhaps labor’s weakest since the Industrial Age. For a half-century, those working for hourly wages have won almost no real gains. The real average hourly wage in 2018 dollars adjusted for inflation was $22.65 in 2018, compared with $20.27 in 1964 — just an 11.7% gain.

26 Hours On A Saharan Freight Train

26 Hours On A Saharan Freight Train

Photos, World

Mauritania’s Train du Desert is one of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Completed in 1963, the train operates daily between Nouadhibou on the Atlantic coast and the iron ore mines in Zouerat, in the middle of the country—a journey of around 450 miles that takes about 13 hours each way.

Raising The Minimum Wage By $1 May Prevent Thousands Of Suicides, Study Shows

Raising The Minimum Wage By $1 May Prevent Thousands Of Suicides, Study Shows

Economics, Health, Life, Politics

Between 1990 and 2015, raising the minimum wage by $1 in each state might have saved more than 27,000 lives, according to a report published this week in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. An increase of $2 in each state’s minimum wage could have prevented more than 57,000 suicides.

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.

Paul Stowe

Inspiration
Paul Stowe
What Do We Call Boomers Who Are Just As Screwed As Millennials?

What Do We Call Boomers Who Are Just As Screwed As Millennials?

Economics

The rise of hustle culture is often attributed to millennials, but when it comes to grinding in the gig economy these days, Boomers are leading the way. According to Uber, 25 percent of its millions of workers are over 50, with more drivers over 50 than under 30. Meanwhile, Boomer homeowners are the fastest growing demographic for Airbnb.

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.

Coming Out Of The Shadows: What It Means To Be French And Chinese

Coming Out Of The Shadows: What It Means To Be French And Chinese

Long Reads, Politics, World

France is home to large Vietnamese and Cambodian communities who arrived in the country in great numbers following the wars in the former French colonies in the 1970s. People of Chinese descent have long faced prejudice and violence in France. But today a new generation is staking out its rightful place in society.

How Vacation Became Just Another Thing We’re Working On

How Vacation Became Just Another Thing We’re Working On

Business, Long Reads

Something’s up with retreats. Isn’t this supposed to be the age of burnout? Don’t people deny themselves vacation days and spend all their leisure time working on their side-hustles? How are retreats so popular when regular, no-frills relaxation is elusive for so many people? Maybe retreats are the future of vacations.

Guatemala Is The Land Of Unknown Ancient Food Traditions

Guatemala Is The Land Of Unknown Ancient Food Traditions

Food

Guatemala remains one of the Western Hemisphere’s last true culinary terrae incognitae. Due to centuries of isolation in the volcano-strewn highlands, many members of the 23 distinct Maya groups in rural Guatemala still wear the same outfits that their great-great-great-great-grandparents did.

"Black", A Sci-Fi Short Film By Tomek Popakul

"Black", A Sci-Fi Short Film By Tomek Popakul

Videos

A pair of astronauts trapped on an orbital space station because of nuclear war that ran very fast on the earth below. They lost contact with earth, all attempts to make a connection with base or with anybody failed without answer.

How The 0.001% Invest

How The 0.001% Invest

Business, Economics

Global finance is being transformed as billionaires get richer and cut out the middlemen by creating their own “family offices”, personal investment firms that roam global markets looking for opportunities.

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