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Meet China’s Take On The Classic British Chippie

Meet China’s Take On The Classic British Chippie

Architecture, Food

Architect studio Unknown Works 3D-scanned fish and chip shops across the UK to create the ultimate chippie in China’s Chengdu. The end result isn’t exactly as you might expect, but there are some definite recognizable details – such as the square white tiles, and the engraved salt and pepper pots and fish menu.

The 8-Hour Workday Is A Counterproductive Lie

The 8-Hour Workday Is A Counterproductive Lie

Business, Life

The eight-hour workday started its life as a socialist dream. “Eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, and eight hours rest”. There’s just one problem: It’s all but impossible to actually work for eight hours a day in the jobs so many of us now have.

The Invasion Of Venezuela, Brought To You By Silvercorp USA

The Invasion Of Venezuela, Brought To You By Silvercorp USA

Politics

It is the afternoon of Sunday, May 3, 2020, and Jordan Goudreau is confirming that a botched attempt to infiltrate Venezuela with a team of expatriate soldiers (and later, two U.S. citizens) on a hopeless mission to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro is his doing.

Overcoming Despair To Discover The Meaning Of Life

Overcoming Despair To Discover The Meaning Of Life

Life, Psychology

“Sick Souls, Healthy Minds” offers us a lifeline at this moment. As we tell each other what to watch, what to cook, what to read and what exercises to do, John Kaag invites us to ask, together with America’s greatest philosopher, William James, what makes life worth living.

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

Life, Psychology, World

Back in the 1960s, a Harvard graduate student made a landmark discovery about the nature of human anger. There were no roads, no heating systems, no grocery stores. Winter temperatures could easily dip below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Briggs persuaded an Inuit family to “adopt” her and “try to keep her alive.”

The City Left Behind By China's Nuclear Ambitions

The City Left Behind By China's Nuclear Ambitions

Cities, Photos, World

Li Yang grew up in what he thought was a boring town. It was called 404, like the error code, and sat a couple hours from the nearest city, in the sun-beaten Gobi Desert of western China. It was once part of a massive nuclear weapons base in the People’s Republic of China.

Moshtari Hilal

Inspiration
Moshtari Hilal
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.

In the Future, Everything Will Be Made Of Chickpeas

In the Future, Everything Will Be Made Of Chickpeas

Food

Once hummus became a widely enjoyed grocery-store staple, people at every level of the American food industry saw opportunity in the legume’s versatility. In the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean, chickpeas have been a common ingredient in everyday cooking for thousands of years.

Why Recycling Isn't Quite Working Anymore

Why Recycling Isn't Quite Working Anymore

Nature, Videos

Is recycling worth it? When it first took off recycling was seen as one of the environmental movement’s great successes. But recent market forces have made more and more countries reconsider the cost of going green.

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.

Days of Night/Nights of Day

Days of Night/Nights of Day

Photos, World

Daily life, work and play, in the northernmost city in the world, Norilsk, Russia (also the 7th most polluted city in the world) — a fascinating, detailed photo report with 45 exquisite images by Elena Chernyshova.

The Canadian Genius Who Created Modern AI

The Canadian Genius Who Created Modern AI

Science, Tech, Videos

For nearly 40 years, Geoff Hinton has been trying to get computers to learn like people do, a quest almost everyone thought was crazy or at least hopeless – right up until the moment it revolutionized the field. In this video, Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance meets the Godfather of AI.

"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.

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

Explainers, Life

After two years of research and more than 400 interviews about midlife, former NPR reporter Barb Bradley Hagerty received dozens of insights about how to live well in the middle years. We’ve distilled them here, with a little context.

Are You Really The ‘Real’ You?

Are You Really The ‘Real’ You?

Health, Life, Psychology

What rational cogs are turning for people when they change their minds about who they are? Are beliefs about ourselves even the kind of thing we can be rational about, when we’re the ones who make those beliefs true?

Sebastian Weiss

Inspiration
Sebastian Weiss
"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.

How IKEA Helped Swedish Meatballs Go Global

How IKEA Helped Swedish Meatballs Go Global

Food

Swedish meatballs are no longer just a domestic dish. They have gone global, thanks to the efforts not of Sweden’s mothers but of one giant furniture company: IKEA. The firm wanted to make something that was easy to serve, tasty and affordable for most people.

A New Start-Up Wants To Use AI To Replace "Expensive, Architect-Designed" Homes

A New Start-Up Wants To Use AI To Replace "Expensive, Architect-Designed" Homes

Architecture, Design, Innovation, Tech

Tech start-up Higharc aims to “reinvent home design for the digital age.” The company uses iterative design to create “custom” 3D models and plans. Algorithmic design isn’t new to architecture, but it looks like Higharc seeks to do away with “expensive, architect-designed plans that take forever to produce.”

A Dramatic And Organic Bamboo Basketball Court In Thailand

A Dramatic And Organic Bamboo Basketball Court In Thailand

Architecture, Design

This remarkable bamboo basketball court in Thailand is designed by Chiangmai Life Architects. It’s a tasteful open-air venue meant for all manner of sports, events and gatherings. And despite its lightweight appearance, it’s been designed to withstand high-speed winds and earthquakes.

The Big Business Of Loneliness

The Big Business Of Loneliness

Business, Innovation, Life

Capitalism abhors a vacuum, and into this collective social void has stepped a fleet of companies and entrepreneurs selling an end to social isolation. Over the past decade, on-demand connection has become both a big business and a powerful marketing opportunity. 

Creatives Call For Mental-Health Warnings On 'Toxic' Magazines

Creatives Call For Mental-Health Warnings On 'Toxic' Magazines

Health, Media

A creative team in London is hijacking the covers of celebrity and gossip magazines to raise awareness of the harmful impact that media can have on people’s mental health. They were inspired by news that hair salons across the UK have boycotted “toxic” gossip magazines following the death of presenter Caroline Flack.

Brian Alfred

Inspiration
Brian Alfred
Puff, Puff, Pass: A New Vape With Hazy Origins Takes Juul's Place

Puff, Puff, Pass: A New Vape With Hazy Origins Takes Juul's Place

Health, Long Reads

Due to their popularity with teenagers, flavored vapes fell directly into regulator’s crosshairs. Pod-based vape companies, like JUUL, are now banned from selling any flavored pods, aside from menthol and tobacco. Now, Puff Bar’s popularity is surging, but no one knows anything about the mysterious company.

Inside Nxivm, The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

Inside Nxivm, The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment

Crime, Long Reads

Citing the fact that Keith Raniere had a cast of girlfriends, the media declared that Nxivm was not a self-improvement company at all but rather a “sex-slave cult.” A federal investigation was opened, culminating in Mexican police officers plucking Raniere from a pricey villa.

The Web We Have To Save

The Web We Have To Save

Long Reads, Media, Tech

In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Mystery Solved: We Now Know What's Going On In Area 51

Mystery Solved: We Now Know What's Going On In Area 51

Explainers

While fanciful stories of alien spaceships continue to captivate the public, as recent internet memes attest, there’s little doubt that Groom Lake’s actual activities are of considerable interest—sufficiently so that in April 2019 Russia even dispatched one of its treaty-authorized Tu-154M Open Skies surveillance planes to spy on the base.

Why We Can’t Build Small Homes Anymore

Why We Can’t Build Small Homes Anymore

Architecture, Cities, Design

U.S. homes are roughly 600 to 800 feet larger than those of comparable highly industrialized countries. The American obsession with large houses—a matter of culture, policy, and economics—restricts smaller, more affordable options.

How To Redesign Cities To Fight Loneliness

How To Redesign Cities To Fight Loneliness

Architecture, Cities, Life

What do cities have to do with loneliness? “The way we build and organize our cities can help or hinder social connection,” reads a Grattan Institute report. It’s not that the built environment “causes” interaction, but it can certainly either enable or constrain potential interaction.

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