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Heavy Stuff
Heavy Stuff It’s peculiar that we know that lead is poison, that there is no “safe” amount to put in your body, and yet we still put it in our bodies. It is peculiar…
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july 2018
The City’s Buried Treasure Isn’t Under the Dirt. It Is the Dirt. - The New York Times
The City’s Buried Treasure Isn’t Under the Dirt. It Is the Dirt. The topsoil of New York City is famously toxic. But underneath that is some of the richest soil on the continent, dating to the last ice age. Credit Vincent…
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july 2018
Tech’s Fractal Irresponsibility Problem - The Atlantic
Tech’s Fractal Irresponsibility Problem Dado Ruvic / Reuters It’s Thursday, so there’s another small scandal in the tech world. Hate groups that Facebook had booted from its platform after the murder…
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july 2018
In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal - The New York Times
In Mozambique, a Living Laboratory for Nature’s Renewal GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, MOZAMBIQUE — The 14 African wild dogs were ravenous, dashing back and forth along the fence of their open-air enclosure, or boma,…
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july 2018
Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis
Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis news Lane Davis was a far-right, pro-Trump media figure looking for his big break. Then he stabbed his father to death. Joseph Bernstein BuzzFeed News Reporter…
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july 2018
The Anthony Bourdain Interview
The Anthony Bourdain Interview Anthony Bourdain had started smoking again, was the first thing I noticed as he sat down with me last February. He was a bit hung over from a recent working…
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july 2018
A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan's Car : NPR
A Family Of Woodchucks Ate Paul Ryan's Car Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says he'll get a new Ford F-150 when he retires from the House at the end of this term. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. Winter in…
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july 2018
The Trillion-Dollar Vision of Dee Hock
The Trillion-Dollar Vision of Dee Hock “We are at that very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying and another is struggling to be born — a shifting of culture, science, society, and…
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july 2018
Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk? - Waypoint
Where are the Radical Politics of Cyberpunk? Postscript is Cameron Kunzelman's weekly column about endings, apocalypses, deaths, bosses, and all sorts of other finalities. Cyberpunk 2077 looms on the…
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july 2018
Most paths to a clean-energy future start the same way | Grist
Most paths to a clean-energy future start the same way Grist / Amelia Bates Sometimes the most vicious fights occur over the smallest differences. Brutal battles have pitted Catholics that kneel in prayer against…
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july 2018
What Do The Teens Know About This Tweet That We Don’t? | HuffPost
What Do The Teens Know About This Tweet That We Don’t? On the evening of June 22, 21-year-old Karter Machen decided to tweet. “I’m not a party guy,” he wrote, “but I’d be down if someone threw a real roaring 20’s…
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june 2018
A Short History of the Mirrored Glass Façade
A Short History of the Mirrored Glass Façade Sears headquarters (1971) in Alhambra, California, by Albert C. Martin & Associates. © Wayne Thom Bonaventure Hotel (1976) in Los Angeles, by John Portman &…
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june 2018
New model predicts that we're probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe
New model predicts that we're probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe According to a new theory argued by Anders Sandberg, Eric Drexler and Toby Ord, the answer to the Fermi Paradox may be simple: humanity is alone in the…
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june 2018
New Gibbon Species Discovered in a 2,200-Year-Old Royal Chinese Tomb - The Atlantic
New Gibbon Species Discovered in a 2,200-Year-Old Royal Chinese Tomb Junix imperialis, an extinct gibbon discovered in a royal Chinese tomb Samuel Turvey / ZSL When Samuel Turvey found a drawer labelled “gibbon,” he knew he had…
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june 2018
GOP Rep: Border Crisis Won’t Hurt GOP Since ‘Americans Care More About Americans’ – Talking Points Memo
GOP Rep: Border Crisis Won't Hurt GOP Since 'Americans Care More About Americans' With House Republicans’ immigration bills likely to go down in flames Thursday afternoon, many vulnerable GOP lawmakers are fearing the political ramifications…
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june 2018
Remembering Rosewood - News - Gainesville Sun - Gainesville, FL
Remembering Rosewood Racial terrorism erased a prospering black town, forgotten for nearly 60 years Andrew Caplan @AACaplan The Rosewood Massacre smolders in infamy, a weeklong…
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may 2018
Who’s Afraid of Fare-Free Public Transit? – Next City
Who’s Afraid of Fare-Free Public Transit? A bus stop in Tallinn, Estonia, the largest city in the world with a totally fare-free mass transit system. (AP Photo/John McConnico) Elizabeth Bauerle is a…
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may 2018
Save Lives With Slower Streets—Not Self-Driving Cars | WIRED
Save Lives With Smarter, Slower Streets—Not Self-Driving Cars No, you’re not imagining things. The timelines for autonomous vehicles keep shifting . Electric carmaker Tesla began selling a $3,000 “full self-driving” add-on…
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may 2018
Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual | Grist
Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual The Washington Post / Contributor / Getty Images devourer of worlds By on May 17, 2018 Share Bitcoin’s energy footprint has more than doubled since Grist first…
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may 2018
Snapchat’s decline and the secret joy of internet ghost towns - The Verge
The decline of Snapchat and the secret joy of internet ghost towns It’s difficult to believe now, but there was a time when the internet was nowhere instead of everywhere. Before the social internet had mapped so completely…
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may 2018
Can Humans Live Well without Pillaging the Planet? - Scientific American
Can Humans Live Well without Pillaging the Planet? Many wealthy nations achieve a range of social objectives that together can provide a good life for their people, as outlined by the United Nations Sustainable…
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may 2018
Hippos Poop So Much That Sometimes All the Fish Die - The Atlantic
Hippos Poop So Much That Sometimes All the Fish Die Dan Kitwood / Getty Images At first, Chris Dutton and Amanda Subalusky had no idea why the fish were dying. At a bridge on the border between Kenya and…
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may 2018
How teen-focused design can help reshape our cities - Curbed
How teen-focused design can help reshape our cities Kids skateboard in a makeshift skatepark in East Los Angeles. Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images Harold Ickes Playground doesn’t look like much: a paved ballfield…
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may 2018
Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams | Vanity Fair
Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams From The Estate of Diane Gorodnitzki. Robin Williams’s August 2014 suicide was devastating to those who knew him best—and it also came at the end of a long and…
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may 2018
Normcore | Dissent Magazine
Normcore | Dissent Magazine Channeling the anti-Trump #Resistance, a slew of recent books seeks to reduce democracy to a defense of political “norms.” But overcoming today’s crisis will…
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may 2018
Frank Rich: Roy Cohn Was the Original Donald Trump
Frank Rich: Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and the New York Cesspool That Created Them Cohn in 1986, a few months before he died. Amid the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey last May, I went to see Angels in America at the same…
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april 2018
Why politicians should promise every American a job - Vox
Why politicians should promise every American a job Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The policy wonk community is rather suddenly being torn apart by a phrase that lurked in incredible obscurity just a few months…
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april 2018
The Zone Rouge: France's Exclusion Zone | Owlcation
The Zone Rouge: France's Exclusion Zone Updated on November 30, 2017 Recently married on Sept. 8, 2017, Jason Ponic works in the exciting world of Hollywood film and television by day and writes by…
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april 2018
Architecture, Aesthetic Moralism, and the Crisis of Urban Housing – Common Edge
Architecture, Aesthetic Moralism, and the Crisis of Urban Housing I t may shock some people to hear this, but architecture is not urban planning. It is not transportation planning, sociology, political science, or critical…
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april 2018
A critical look at suburban triumphalism | City Observatory
City Observatory - A critical look at suburban triumphalism The “body count” view of suburban population misses the value people attach to cities
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april 2018
What 'Edge City' Got Right and Wrong About America - CityLab
What Ever Happened to the Rise of the 'Edge City'? It was one of the most talked-about urbanist books, and ideas, a generation ago. What ever happened to Joel Garreau’s concept of the “edge city”?
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april 2018
Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands. Just Not at Home. - The New York Times
Ryan Zinke Is Opening Up Public Lands. Just Not at Home. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Colorado last year. In an interview, Mr. Zinke said he was not treating his home state differently when it came to development.…
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april 2018
What Bill Gates's 1998 Senate Testimony Says About Facebook - The Atlantic
The Dot-Coms Were Better Than Facebook Twenty years and a month ago, Bill Gates, then chairman and CEO of Microsoft, made his first appearance before Congress. In testimony before the Senate…
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april 2018
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