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When Vegetarians Tried To Build A Utopia of Octagonal Houses in Kansas

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If you begin looking into the history of vegetarianism, you'll find that Kansas pops up over and over again. The state, now much better known for BBQ, was once the planned site for a particularly striking vegetarian utopia: Octagon City. Its strict geometric plan was a grand, city-scale ...

Why are diamonds clear, but coal black?

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Maggie Koerth-Baker answers a new Science Question from a Toddler.

Can you figure out what's wrong with this picture of a half-naked 16 year-old girl with breast implants the size of her head?

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Jannelle Asselin could, but when she wrote an article about the Teen Titans cover—in terms so measured and respectful that one is struck by her restraint--she was of course inundated nonetheless with relentless boyrage and misogyny from comic book guys; professionals included.

Three Big Ideas in Google’s Modular Phone That No One’s Talking About

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Ara's promise goes well beyond fixing broken screens.

Have living standards really stopped rising?

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‘People drift in and out of all income groups as a result of luck or the life-cycle of a career’ Income inequality is soaring in the US and the UK. The income earned by all but a few has been stagn...

When to Hold Out For a Lower Airfare

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In 2009, Microsoft snapped up Farecast, a company in the business of predicting airfares, for a handy $115 million. A poster child of the Big Data revolution, Farecast analyzed hundreds of billions...

Is America an Oligarchy?

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A new study says that rich people and organizations representing business interests have a powerful grip on U.S. government policy.

Finland’s graphic gay bondage stamps are amazing.

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The United States has some pretty cool stamps and, once the Harvey Milk stamp is released next month, at least one commemorating an openly LGBTQ American. But it’s difficult to imagine a future where America’s stamps are as amazingly, graphically gay as Finland’s. This fall, the country will ...

10 Rules for Students and Teachers Popularized by John Cage

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Avant-garde composer John Cage started out as a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg. He greatly looked up to the exiled Austrian as a model of how a true artist ought to live.

How to Cut Tomatoes Like a Ninja

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How to cut tomatoes quickly and easily. Great cooking and kitchen tip, and a fun life hack. Perfect for small cherry tomatoes, and ideal if you need to cut a...

Broadacre City: Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

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Frank Lloyd Wright was arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant. But above all, he was a shrewd businessman who understood the importance of spectacle in keeping his business afloat. Wright put on many shows over the course of his lifetime, but arguably no performance was greater than his utopian plan ...

Have living standards really stopped rising?

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Income inequality is soaring in the US and the UK. The income earned by all but a few has been stagnating for a generation. So I claimed in my column of March 22. But was I right? Several readers contacted me to suggest alternative interpretations

How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

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The literary genre isn’t meant to predict the future, but implausible ideas that fire inventors’ imaginations often, amazingly, come true

"he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England"

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Harrison Ford does an “Ask me anything” We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And … Continue reading →

No, Tech Adoption Is Not Speeding Up

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Yesterday the folks over at Vox published an article arguing that generations should be defined by the technology they use, rather than by age. They included a graph that purported to show how American society is "adopting new technology more quickly than ever before." The graph is garbage.


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Facebook : Lindzee Poi FRANCE - Vidéo tournée à Angers ( 49 ) au Parc de Balzac - " objects used: Eight Ring " We...

Jee Young Lee: Resurrection

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For these self-portraits, the Korean artist Jee Young Lee created an elaborate installation in her studio.

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

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Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

Economists aren’t all bad

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‘Some research on students suggests economics either attracts or creates sociopaths’ Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently bemoaned the way that “we are all reduced to being Homo fin...