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21 April 2014

culture & language

Booksellers claim to have found Shakespeare’s annotated dictionary


Benedict Evans: In praise of unfairness

technology & culture

Facebook’s friend problem

20 April 2014

culture & video

British Pathé recently released 100s of video clips from the 1890s to end of the 20th century to YouTube.

television & humor

The best Scenes From a Hat from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

18 April 2014

music & culture

Happy Makes Pharrell Cry

technology & design

Gillette’s New Razor = Everything Wrong With America

I won’t mince words: ProGlide FlexBall is a bad idea. A really bad idea. In fact, the razor represents everything terrible about America’s innovation economy.


Epic Pen Spinning

technology & culture

Passwords are Obsolete

8 April 2014


Spinal cord research offers unexpected hope to people with paralysis

4 April 2014

science & nature

Happily disgusted? 15 new emotions ID’d


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?