Against Credit Cards
It's well documented that people paying with plastic are willing to spend more than when paying with cash—a phenomenon everyone fancies themselves immune to.
article  theatlantic  credit  economics  socialresearch 
Magic placebo more effective than ordinary placebo
Researchers find placebo combined with more care is better than a drug alone.
editorial  arstechnica  article  healthcare 
3 days ago
8 Possible Alternatives To The Turing Test
The Turing Test, which is intended to detect human-like intelligence in a machine, is fundamentally flawed. But that doesn't mean it can't be improved or modified. Here are eight proposed alternatives that could help us distinguish bot from human.
article  ai  io9  editorial  technology 
3 days ago
Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”
A recent survey finds that over 80 percent of Americans support "mandatory labels on foods containing DNA." This survey result is a particularly blatant example of the problem of widespread political and scientific ignorance.
article  washingtonpost  volokhconspiracy  oklahoma  government  politics  science  biology 
3 days ago
Tools: Extending Our Reach
About Tools: Extending Our Reach On view from December 12, 2014 to May 25, 2015 Why do tools come into being? And why do they look the way they do? We all
exhibit  tools  smithsonian  museum 
3 days ago
Can the Military Make a Prediction Machine?
The planet is awash in open, free data. Can military-funded research turn it into a crystal ball?
article  ai  ia  editorial  technology  darpa 
4 days ago
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, S’il Vous Plait
​I love chocolate. And peanut butter. And, of course, the combination of the two. A few years back I found a recipe for homemade peanut butter cups. I made them and loved them! They satisfied my ch...
recipe  peopleiknow 
5 days ago
Inside Citizen Lab, the “Hacker Hothouse” protecting you from Big Brother
Globe-spanning white hat network hacked for the Dalai Lama, inspired arms legislation.
article  security  government  malware  privacy 
5 days ago
How to: Microadventure, Fall Camping Edition
Harness the spirit of a big adventure, and condense it into a single Autumn weekend
article  huckberry  camping  howto  fall 
5 days ago
Watch the anime-inspired Star Wars cartoon you’ve always wanted
Fan-made short film animated by single person over span of four years.
article  arstechnica  video  starwars 
5 days ago
Social teaching
In the midst of a unit on justice and property rights I had to teach Catholic social teaching. The Catechism made my jaw drop with: The social doctrine of the Church developed in the nineteenth century when the Gospel encountered modern industrial society with its new structures for the production of consumer goods, its new…
article  history  theology  catholicism  economics 
6 days ago
Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar
A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.
article  humor  history  npr 
8 days ago
Why the $70,000 Minimum Wage is Doomed to Fail
When the city of Seattle recently voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, some critics (like me) snarked that if $15 would help workers why not
article  editorial  actoninstitute  minimumwage  economics 
10 days ago
Divorce Rate Cut in Half for Couples Who Discussed Relationship Movies
Discussing five relationship movies over a month could cut the three-year-divorce rate for newlyweds in half, researchers say.
article  culturalresearch  marriage  divorce  study  culture  film 
10 days ago
Tax Day Hazard: Fatal Crashes Increase on April 15
You may want to stay off the roads early next week: a new study shows that the risk of fatal car crashes goes up on tax day. Examining 30 years of road crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, researchers led by Dr.
article  editorial  timemag  statistics  history  taxation 
10 days ago
Would You Let the I.R.S. Prepare Your Taxes?
The maker of the TurboTax tax preparation program opposes return-free filing, a system that might eliminate the use of its software.
article  nytimes  taxation  editorial  irs 
10 days ago
Tragedy, Not Pattern
Unjustified police shootings, like that of Walter Scott, remain rare.
article  editorial  violence  police  government  cityjournal 
11 days ago
If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?
Data science offers a lot of promise in many fields, but for now, it seems wise to keep human beings in the loop.
article  ai  editorial  nytimes  technology  algorithmicaccountability 
11 days ago
How to Say ‘Yes’ (by Not Saying ‘Yes’)
From “yeah” to “yaaaaas” to “yiss,” we’re rejecting the clinical "yes" and finding more nuanced ways to give our approval—and to hedge our bets.
article  theatlantic  linguistics  culture 
12 days ago
The secrets to great commit messages
And why crafting good commit messages is an investment worth making regularly.
article  git  development  philosophy 
12 days ago
Existential Progress Bars
A graphic designer turns tedious progress bars into existential questions.
article  humor  design  ui 
12 days ago
Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell review – heartrending, conciliatory loveliness
Sufjan Stevens remembers his mother and stepfather on a deeply personal album full of love, loss and forgiveness
article  review  sufjanstevens  guardian  music 
12 days ago
How a Google hacker would hack you.
article  security  privacy  technology 
12 days ago
As encryption spreads, U.S. grapples with clash between privacy, security
Privacy advocates say attempts to bypass encryption will create vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit.
article  washingtonpost  security  privacy  government  technology 
14 days ago
How to win Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune contestants are doing it wrong, data show
article  statistics  washingtonpost  games 
15 days ago
Here's one big problem with autonomous cars
From a technological perspective, the future of autonomous vehicles is bright. From a pragmatic perspective, there are a few basic human hurdles.
article  automobile  ai  editorial 
15 days ago
Stop the Patriot Act's Mass Surveillance
Tell Congress it's time to end the NSA's unconstitutional mass surveillance under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
video  privacy  security  surveillance  government 
15 days ago
Cultivating a Tea Culture: The Real Housekeeping Guide to Better Tea, Part Two
In Part One, we discussed our experience in tea-drinking cultures along with the various tea types. In Part Two, we will look into brewing methods and conduct a tea taste test. Equipment: For tea b...
article  peopleiknow  tea 
16 days ago
Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapters
All reviews of Cool Tools on this site are written by readers who have actually used the tool and others like it.
tool  photography  camera  cooltools 
16 days ago
The convoluted art of making private and anonymous phone calls
A New York artist made an exhibition out of making a single private and anonymous cell phone call outside the scope of government spying. Here's how he did it
article  humor  art  security  privacy  government  nsa 
16 days ago
Colouring books for adults top Amazon bestseller list
Surge in popularity of genre attributed to ‘anti-stress’ benefits and nostalgia
book  article  review  guardian  amazon  art 
16 days ago
University Of Hawaii Risks Teen Lives In Abortion 'Study' | Acton PowerBlog
The Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children at the University of Hawaii is recruiting teens and women to study the effects of second trimester abor
article  abortion  actoninstitute  editorial  research 
17 days ago
This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years
Houshi Ryokan was founded in the year 718. A millennium later, it's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.
video  japan  history  theatlantic 
19 days ago
The Horror of Amazon’s New Dash Button
Shopping should make you feel bad, if only for a second. Pressing a little plastic button is too much fun.
article  newyorker  amazon  technology  editorial  culture  consumerism 
22 days ago
Indiana needs to balance gay, religious rights: Column
Indiana law not a blank check to discriminate, but gives religious minority its day in court.
article  editorial  politics  indiana  usatoday 
23 days ago
The Perfect Classroom, According to Science
It’s bright, quiet, and 72 degrees. And it makes every student feel valued.
article  education  culturalresearch 
24 days ago
Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous
Alongside technical skills, America needs the creativity that a liberal arts education provides.
article  washingtonpost  education  editorial 
26 days ago
Candy Girl
Emily Nussbaum on a Netflix sitcom starring Ellie Kemper as a cult survivor and produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the creators of “30 Rock.”
article  review  tv  newyorker 
26 days ago
Government funding and the Free Speech Clause
No, private universities that get federal funds don't thereby become bound by the First Amendment (though they are bound by some federal laws, such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act).
article  1stamendment  education  speech  government  washingtonpost  volokhconspiracy 
4 weeks ago
Millennials will change abortion conversation
They live outside the two-party system and want policies supporting both woman and embryo.
article  abortion  politics  editorial  usatoday 
4 weeks ago
Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Curb Obesity
An ordinance ban on fast-food stores opening in the Los Angeles area has done little to curb the rising obesity rate in low-income areas.
article  legislation  health  food  politics  editorial 
4 weeks ago
RegViz: Visual Debugging of Regular Expressions
RegViz is a tool for debugging JavaScript regular expressions in a visual way. Advanced highlighting helps you to understand the structure and purpose of a regular expression and to detect bugs therein. You can test the regular expression on a sample text and formulate test cases. We tried to come up with a very user friendly tool.
javascript  tool  regex  visual 
4 weeks ago
Magic Leap and HoloLens Demos Show Augmented Reality Challenges
After trying demos of Magic Leap and HoloLens, it’s clear that commercializing augmented reality technology will be difficult.
article  editorial  technology  ar  microsoft  google 
4 weeks ago
International Day of Happiness: Does sport make us happy?
Does watching your team win produce the ultimate high? Or does losing together actually help you cope with life?
article  sports  psychology  bbc  happiness 
4 weeks ago
We need to talk about TED
Benjamin Bratton: Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster
article  editorial  *  ted  technology  future  culture  politics  economics 
4 weeks ago
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