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Upstract is my next small thing in the news space — made for those who miss the days when Digg 1.0 was fun, Reddit less of a political play, and content discovery all about genuine affinity and...

The Birthplace of the Space Age Isn’t Where You Think

Scientists riding balloons in a remote region of the U.S. collected vital data used by NASA to get humans into orbit.

The Internet of Beefs

Anything that is not an expression of pure, unqualified support for whatever they’re doing or saying is received as a mark of disrespect and a provocation to conflict. 

Dancing With Belief

All of us believe things that might be inconsistent, not based on how the real world actually works or not shared by others. That’s what makes us human. There are some questions we can ask ourselve…

Will COVID-19 Change Our Relationship With Meat?

How a Judge Could Decide the Presidential Election

Amid what will likely be a flood of charges, countercharges and a lot of heated rhetoric, there are prescribed legal processes that will play out in the event of election challenges.

Asia's Vast Digital Potential

The Global Scale of the Coronavirus Disaster Demands a Global Response

Just as world leaders came together after the second world war, now we need to create a new framework for health security, says writer and researcher on politics and economics Tom Kibasi

A Nation of Walls

An artist-activist catalogues the physical remnants and political legacies of 'segregation walls,' unassuming bits of racist infrastructure that hide in plain sight in American neighborhoods.

Australia's Forgotten Other Great Reef

The Great Southern Reef might not be as well-known as the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia’s "other" reef is brimming with biodiversity – and has battles of its own.

'Vertical Forest' in Chinese Residential Complex Becomes Mosquito-Infested Jungle

The Qiyi City Forest Garden residential complex in Chengdu, China, was supposed to be a green paradise for its residents, but two years on, the vertical forest concept has turned into a nightmare....

What Is a Minimally Good Life and Are You Prepared to Live It?

Would you be willing to swap your life with that of the least fortunate person in your society? A philosophical test for justice

Tired of Being a Bird?

Airbus ZEROe Concept

Watch: A Normal Day of Sassi

TikTok, Now Featuring the Italian Mafia

And it's an insight into the changing world of organised crime.

Lights, Camera … COVID! The Perils of Shooting Amid a Pandemic

Whispers of horror stories are beginning to make their way around town. There's the film that told its cast and crew they couldn't leave the Motel 6 where they were staying, only to realize there...

The Dying Russians

Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS in the United States, but this was different....

Dog taking package delivery

Updated: RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

TED: Is Human Evolution Speeding Up or Slowing Down?

Seaweed Tides Over Bali Islanders After Tourism Slump

Aquaculture provides fallback for people of the Penida Archipelago as they wait for tourists to return.

Photos From Moria Refugee Camp

Photos and Text Petros Giannakouris

The Problem With the U.S. Economy Is There Are Too Many Poor People

It's easy to hate the rich for all that they have and all that you don't, but the rich aren't the problem.

Can Circuit Breakers Stop Viral Rumors on Facebook, Twitter?

ISS Forced to Move to Avoid Space Debris

Nasa says astronauts sheltered in the Soyuz spacecraft so they could evacuate if necessary during the ‘avoidance manoeuvre’

Where Camels Take to the Sea

In Gujarat, India, a special breed of camel is not constrained by land—but cannot escape the many forces of change.

We Need to Learn to Love All Kinds of Weather

An eco-linguist wants people to start using positive language to describe weather, since this affects consumerism and willingness to fight climate change.

"No Memory Is Ever Alone" Photo Series

The Spiral of Silence

Our desire to fit in with others means we don’t always say what we think. We only express opinions that seem safe. Here’s how the spiral of silence works and how we can discover what people really...

The CIA Once Considered Using Lightning to Assassinate People

Yes. Really.

Politics Is Visceral

In an age thick with anger and fear, we might dream of a purely rational politics but it would be a denial of our humanity

Politics as a Chronic Stressor

"Daily political events consistently evoked negative emotions [which] predicted worse day-to-day psychological and physical health, but also greater motivation to take action aimed at changing the...

Acorn Woodpeckers Have Multi-Day Wars, and Birds Come From All Around to Watch

A window into complex avian sociopolitical lives.

German Hospital Cyberattack Trail Leads to Russia

German media are reporting that IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia

One Man’s Trash

In an era of aspirational minimalism, two new books reveal the meaning latent in the junk we collect.

PAWG: The Instagram Accounts Devoted to Phat-Ass White Girls

Why are women paying these dudes to post photos of their butts?

The Fiasco of the 1976 ‘Swine Flu Affair’

With a pandemic looming, the US president announced a warp-speed effort to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the country. The mistakes that followed hold lessons for today.

Momma Hedgehog Leading Babies Up the Stairs

Covid and the Science Behind a Spiritual Reckoning

Even those who don’t pray to a higher power still usually have some belief in how the world works that gives them a sense of safety and security.