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Upstract Will Open Soon ▶︎ Final Chance for an Invite!

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...

12,000 Feet Up, With a Storm Coming In

A summer romp in the Tetons with Jimmy Chin and his pals.

This $1 Hearing Aid Could Treat Millions With Hearing Loss

LoCHAid can be assembled in 30 minutes with cheap parts

Why a Russian Billionaire Wants to Buy Controversial Statues That Were Taken Down

The Daring Plan to Save the Arctic Ice With Glass

The fear that action to combat climate change has been too slow has led some scientists to test unconventional methods to stem the loss of Arctic sea ice.

How a Chinese Network of Fake Accounts Infiltrated Facebook

This is the first time that Facebook has taken down Chinese-based accounts for foreign interference and engagement in US politics.

Sweet Display of Affection

This Ain't My First Rodeo: America's Queer Cowboys in Pictures

Luke Gilford spent four years immersing himself in queer rodeo culture – and discovered a world where steer roping meets lip sync battles and camp glamour

Are We Living at the 'Hinge of History'?

Could right now be the most influential time ever? Richard Fisher looks at the case for and against – and why it matters.

World Grows Less Accepting of Migrants

As the European Union unveils a new migration pact, Gallup finds the world growing less accepting of migrants, and a number of EU countries topping the list of the least-accepting countries in the...

The Future of the Middle Class

The middle class is struggling. We outline policy ideas to improve the quality of life of middle-class Americans, in the key dimensions of money, time, relationships, health, and respect.

How to Eat a Carrot

The panda is charming.

The Rise of Digital Despots

How Facebook and Twitter became the favourite tools of dictators around the world

The Fantastic Art of Tatsuya Tanaka

Robots & Humans Work Together to Master an Ancient Sport

Curly the robot has defeated top curling teams. But the sport could offer a prime opportunity to bring people and robots together.

The Unlikely Endurance of the Rubik's Cube

Nearly half a century after its humble invention, the cube continues to be a global sensation. What's the secret?

Gigantic 'Gundam' Robot Can Now Move Its Legs, Arms, and Head

This giant Gundam robot is now able to walk on its own.

Watch: Devil's Gold — A Miner's Story

Meet the Most Extreme Stars in the Universe

Some huge, some small. Some zip, some crawl. The cosmos is full of objects that defy expectations.

LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Built a Big-Money Machine to Oust Trump — Why Do Some Democrats Hate Him?

Reid Hoffman symbolizes a bigger debate over whether Silicon Valley disruption has any place in our politics.

How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?

Outdoor dining is having a moment. Let these traditions from eight different places help you put together the ultimate open-air meal

Mystery Company Ties Accused Temple Raiders to Art World Elite

Where in the world is Pantheon Worldwide? Not even its own bank can say.

Four-Day Work Week Stats: Could It Ever Really Happen?

It’s an idea that’s getting a lot of airplay as the world reimagines the post-pandemic working week. But will employers ever make such an expensive leap of faith?

A Simple Guide to Asian Architecture

Artificial Intelligence Diagnoses Alzheimer's With More Than 95% Accuracy

The Secret Life of a Ghost Hunter

Far from the staged spookiness of cable TV, part-time paranormal investigator Dan Sturges pulls back the curtain on a decade spent searching for spirits.

"Amazon Room" Becomes Hot Amenity for Hollywood Homebuyers Amid Pandemic

In Pictures: China’s Poverty Alleviation

China lifted over 800 million people out of poverty over 40 years. For the relocated, the transition has been difficult.

The Rise of the Wokefluencer

A summer of protest has forced influencers, once so reliant on beautiful backdrops, to find new ways to post. The results are grim.

How Humanity Came to Contemplate Its Possible Extinction: A Timeline

It is only in the last couple of centuries that we have begun to grasp that our existence might one day cease to exist forever.

Distributing the COVID Vaccine: The Greatest Logistics Challenge Ever

Frank Slootman: Amp It Up

Mediocrity is the silent killer. Organizations are not getting killed by their C players. Everybody knows who they are, and performance eventually is addressed. The people who kill organizations...

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. 

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.

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?

Asia's Vast Digital Potential

'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?