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18 April 2014

art

Epic Pen Spinning

technology & culture

Passwords are Obsolete

8 April 2014

health

Spinal cord research offers unexpected hope to people with paralysis

4 April 2014

science & nature

Happily disgusted? 15 new emotions ID’d

media

Monster list of all the loose ends in the search for Malaysia Air Flight 370

politics & culture

The Super-Rich Should Quit Their Jobs

3 April 2014

politics & culture

Pure satirical brilliance: L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department

I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled on all sides by public sidewalks. I hopped over them and went inside.

“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.

“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.

“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”

It didn’t seem like they did.

“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”

2 April 2014

music & art

THE LION KING Australia Cast Sings Circle of Life on Flight Home from Brisbane

nature & business

The most trafficked mammal you’ve never heard of

The pangolin could go extinct before most people realize it exists.

business & culture

The Expert

1 April 2014

fashion & technology

Introducing Bonobos TechStyle

19 March 2014

science & culture

Stanford Professor Andrei Linde learns that his theory about the Big Bang origin of the universe may in fact have been proven

24 February 2014

health & science

Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

Look, if homeopathic remedies make you feel better, take them. If the Paleo diet helps you eat fewer TV dinners, that’s great—even if the Paleo diet is probably premised more on The Flintstones than it is on any actual evidence about human evolutionary history. If non-organic crumbs bother you, avoid them. And there’s much to praise in Whole Foods’ commitment to sustainability and healthful foods.

Still: a significant portion of what Whole Foods sells is based on simple pseudoscience. And sometimes that can spill over into outright anti-science (think What Doctors Don’t Tell You, or Whole Foods’ overblown GMO campaign, which could merit its own article). If scientific accuracy in the public sphere is your jam, is there really that much of a difference between Creation Museum founder Ken Ham, who seems to have made a career marketing pseudoscience about the origins of the world, and John Mackey, a founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, who seems to have made a career, in part, out of marketing pseudoscience about health?

film & culture

Harold Ramis, Alchemist of Comedy, Dies at 69

31 January 2014

sports & video

Felix Baumgartner’s fall from space was pretty darn epic

27 January 2014

sports

The Rules of Cycling

22 January 2014

photography & culture

Unbelievable => Fstoppers Nikon DF Digital Camera Hipster Review

culture

This is impressive: 20 year mystery solved in 14 minutes

21 January 2014

photography & design

The Almost Perfect Camera

20 January 2014

technology & culture

One diabetic’s take on Google’s Smart Contact Lenses

And yet, I cannot get over what seems to me a tone-deaf approach by Google’s scientists. It also highlights Google’s fundamental challenge: it fails to think about people as people, instead it treats them as an academic or an engineering problem. Instead of trying to understand the needs of actual people, they emerge with an elegant technological solution.

It is not just this one time. Google+, their social network, is a fail because it fundamentally isn’t social or about people — it is an effort to solve Google’s need for social data for better advertising using machines. Similarly, Google Glasses are a cringe-worthy assault to the social interactions of normals, but because a certain subset of Googlers — including co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page — have a cyborg fetish, it is okay to make that design. It is frustrating for me to keep repeating this, because Google is a company with huge resources and those resources could be deployed more effectively and have a much more positive impact, more quickly. And to do that, the company needs to learn to be human and develop compassion for human condition.