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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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11 weeks ago
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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11 weeks ago
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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11 weeks ago
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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12 weeks ago
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
On Hating Cathy | The Comics Journal
On Hating Cathy | The Comics Journal Cathy , Cathy Guisewite’s eponymous chronicle of one woman’s struggles with the “four guilt groups: food, love, family, and work,” ends not with a bang, but a…
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april 2018
Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve about Race and IQ has bad policy ideas - Vox
The Bell Curve isn’t about science, it’s about policy. And it’s wrong. Photo: Gage Skidmore; Photo Illustration: Javier Zarracina/Vox Charles Murray and his decades-old work on IQ and race, published in his 1996 book The Bell Curve…
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april 2018
Why Whales Got So Big - The Atlantic
Why Whales Got So Big The first time I came face to face with a sea lion, I nearly screamed. I was snorkeling, and after a long time spent staring down at colorful corals, I looked…
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april 2018
Making Atrocities Great Again | War Is Boring
Making Atrocities Great Again A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20, 2018. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war crime of the 21st century — the…
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april 2018
What roadkill says about the insatiability of human speed | Aeon Essays
What roadkill says about the insatiability of human speed – Gary Kroll | Aeon Essays This feather belonged to a Canada goose that summered in Labrador and migrated along the Atlantic flyway, to winter somewhere in New Jersey most likely. On a…
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march 2018
The U.S. Spends Far Too Little on Social Welfare – People's Policy Project
The U.S. Spends Far Too Little on Social Welfare Alexander Rabb / Flickr The US government has a spending problem. Given the country’s level of wealth, the government spends far too little — at least $1.6…
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march 2018
Lord save us from the rational men | The Outline
Lord save us from the rational men In 1799, Francisco Goya finished an etching that depicted him lying face-down on his desk, surrounded by a demonic swarm of bats and owls. Its title, The Sleep…
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march 2018
The Nordic Myths That Never Seem to Die – People's Policy Project
The Nordic Myths That Never Seem to Die Mariusz Kluzniak / Flickr Jim Geraghty has a piece at the National Review about why the Nordic countries are bad. The piece contains a lot of clear mistakes…
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march 2018
David Brooks, Times conservatives obsess over “intolerant” campus left.
Sweet Jesus, Will the Times’ Columnists Ever Write About Anything but the “Intolerant Left” Ever Again? David Brooks in New York City on Oct. 11, 2014. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The New Yorker David Brooks published a column in the New York Times on Friday…
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march 2018
Promethea Unbound — The Atavist Magazine
Promethea Unbound A child genius raised in poverty, she wanted to change the world. Then a horrific act of violence nearly destroyed her. For Georgia Smith, home was a beat-up…
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march 2018
The West Virginia Teacher Strike Was Just the Start - The New York Times
Opinion | The West Virginia Teacher Strike Was Just the Start Teachers and demonstrators at a rally outside the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia, last week. Scott Heins/Bloomberg The statewide teachers’…
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march 2018
How Self-Aware Are People, Really, According to Science? - The Atlantic
People Don't Actually Know Themselves Very Well When Donald Trump tweeted that he was a “ very stable genius ,” he was accused of lacking self-awareness by journalists and comedians . But the truth is that no…
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march 2018
Nebuchadnezzar to Saddam Hussein: The history of the myth of Babylon | OUPblog
Nebuchadnezzar to Saddam Hussein: The history of the myth of Babylon | OUPblog Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions (VSI) series combines a small format with authoritative analysis and big ideas for hundreds of…
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march 2018
A New Bible for Bike Lanes - The Atlantic
The Design Bible That Changed How Americans Bike in Cities A movement has brought safer bicycle lanes to the United States. But it took a manual to spread them.
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march 2018
‘I Live Paycheck to Paycheck’: A West Virginia Teacher Explains Why She’s on Strike - The New York Times
‘I Live Paycheck to Paycheck’: A West Virginia Teacher Explains Why She’s on Strike Teachers rallied at the Capitol building in Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday. Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail, via Associated Press Public schools in West…
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march 2018
“The Newsroom Feels Embarrassed”: Backfires and Explosions at The New York Times as a Possible Future Chief Re-Invents the Paper’s Opinion Pages | Vanity Fair
“The Newsroom Feels Embarrassed”: Inside The New York Times Op-Ed Crisis Exterior of the New York Times building, photographed on June 29, 2017. By Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. “I’ve lost the capacity to gauge the…
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february 2018
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
Inside Facebook's Two Years of Hell One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His message…
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february 2018
Quincy Jones, In Conversation
Quincy Jones on the Secret Michael Jackson and the Problem With Modern Pop In both music and manner, Quincy Jones has always registered — from afar, anyway — as smooth, sophisticated, and impeccably well-connected. (That’s what earning…
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february 2018
A Driver’s Suicide Reveals the Dark Side of the Gig Economy - The New York Times
A Driver’s Suicide Reveals the Dark Side of the Gig Economy Police outside City Hall in New York on Monday, after Doug Schifter, a livery driver in his early 60s, killed himself with a shotgun. Mark Lennihan/Associated…
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february 2018
Guatemala's Maya Society Featured Huge 'Megalopolis,' LiDAR Data Show
This Ancient Civilization Was Twice As Big As Medieval England PUBLISHED February 1, 2018 Learn how your family history is connected to the human journey with National Geographic’s Geno 2.0 DNA ancestry kit . In what’s…
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february 2018
White-Collar Unionization Is Good for All Workers | The Nation
White-Collar Unionization is Good for Everybody NYC City Councilman Donovan Richards speaks at a rally in opposition to the closure of DNAinfo and Gothamist news outlets in Manhattan on November 6, 2017.…
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january 2018
David Frum Is a Political Party of One - VICE
David Frum Thinks Conservatism Is 'Obsolete' David Frum thinks I should smoke less weed. “If you start it early, it will have an effect on your IQ, and it does seem to have strong effects on motivations…
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january 2018
In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future - Vox
In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future Shutterstock This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation. Wait, hear me out. It really is exciting! Usually, when we talk about…
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january 2018
Moira Donegan: I Started the Media Men List
I Started the Media Men List In October, I created a Google spreadsheet called “Shitty Media Men” that collected a range of rumors and allegations of sexual misconduct, much of it violent,…
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january 2018
My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror
My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown with the federal government that I had…
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january 2018
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth - The New York Times
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth An accountant discovered the discrepancy while reviewing the budget for new train platforms under Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The budget showed that…
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december 2017
‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions - The Washington Post
‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions Tom Coomer, 79, outside of the Walmart where he works five days a week in Wagoner, Okla, on Nov. 16. Coomer used to work at the McDonnell Douglas plant in Tulsa…
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december 2017
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