10 New Songs to Get You Through the Long, Cold Winter


Want to Read the New Issue of ‘Charlie Hebdo’? There’s an App for That.


Brain signature of emotion-linked pain is uncovered


First Listen: Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities To Love’ : NPR

Sleater-Kinney’s new album, No Cities To Love, comes out Jan. 20.

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Aleksandras Macijauskas, In the market, 1974 … via.

…Pontiac Nation: 1928… A scene that would no doubt bring a tear to Chief Pontiac’s eye….San Francisco in 1928. “Scouts in Indian costume with Pontiac autos.” Junior G-men by the looks of it. … @.



Charlie Hayden [music videos]



Inside the Buzz-Fueled Media Startups Battling for Your Attention | WIRED


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Amazing Automatons, Robots & Victorian Androids


Zombie Cookie: The Tracking Cookie That You Can’t Kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook.


Matthew Swarts: The Alternatives is a series using image manipulation to process a painful breakup (PHOTOS).


Ōfuna (Japanese Prisoner of War Camp)

An example of Japanese P.O.W. propaganda

The Ōfuna Camp (横須賀海軍警備隊植木分遣隊 Yokosuka Kaigun Keibitai Ueki Bunkentai) was an Imperial Japanese Navy installation located in Kamakura, outside Yokohama, Japan during World War II, where high-value enlisted and officers, particularly pilots and submariner prisoners of war were interrogated and incarcerated by Japanese naval intelligence1 Richard O’Kane,1 Louis Zamperini and Gregory Boyington2 were among the prisoners held at Ōfuna.

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France: The Ground Shifts by Mark Lilla

Not long after the editors of the satiric paper Charlie Hebdo were massacred in their offices on the morning of January 7, people in cities across France gathered in public places to hold silent vigils for the dead. And there they remained for the next two days as the killing continued. A policewoman was assassinated the next morning, and the following day eight hostages were taken in a kosher grocery store, four of whom were eventually murdered. When it was all over President François Hollande declared a national day of mourning and called on the French to demonstrate their solidarity with the victims by marching on Sunday, January 11. Millions turned out all over the country.


Living in The Past – “London Calling” cover The Clash 1979 Photo….

15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German | Mental Floss

The German language is so perfectly suited for these syndromes, coming down with them in any other language just won’t do.

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Anthropocene epoch began with the nuclear age?

An international group of scientists has proposed a start date for the dawn of the Anthropocene – a new chapter in the Earth’s geological history.
—Humans are having such a marked impact on the Earth that they are changing its geology, creating new and distinctive strata that will persist far into the future. This is the idea behind the Anthropocene, a new epoch in Earth history proposed by the Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen just 15 years ago. Since then the idea has spread widely through both the sciences and humanities.
—But if the Anthropocene is to be a geological epoch – when should it begin? Humans have long affected the environment, and ideas as to when the Anthropocene might start range from the thousands of years ago with the dawn of agriculture, to the Industrial Revolution – and even to the future (for the greatest human-made changes could still be to come).

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The Cathedral of Computation

We’re not living in an algorithmic culture so much as a computational theocracy.

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40 Side-By-Side Photos Of Parents And Kids That Will Have You Seeing Double

It shouldn’t be surprising when babies look like their biological parents. But sometimes, seeing the resemblance in real life is downright uncanny. Members of the HuffPost Parents community shared photos of their kids, paired with images of themselves when they were the same age — and they have us doing double takes.

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11 Most Bizarre Tourist Attractions of the World



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The hills of southern Turkey are scattered with temples that are two or three times as old as Stonehenge. Philip Marsden goes on a walk in search of the meaning in ancient stones

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Sue Lyon, Lolita


Stayin’ in Black (The Bee Gees + AC/DC Mashup by Wax Audio)


Sea level rise quickens more than thought in threat to coasts


NY Times Interactive graphic of the guys free climbing El Capitan in Yosemite right now is really, really nice


Social Origins of Eugenics

While some eugenicists privately supported practices such as euthanasia or even genocide, legally-mandated sterilization was the most radical policy supported by the American eugenics movement. A number of American physicians performed sterilizations even before the surgery was legally approved, though no reliable accounting of the practice exists prior to passage of sterilization laws. Indiana enacted the first law allowing sterilization on eugenic grounds in 1907, with Connecticut following soon after. Despite these early statutes, sterilization did not gain widespread popular approval until the late 1920s.


Your Friends Sort of Know When You’ll Die


Can Israel lead the world in weed?

America’s ‘Dr. Cannabis,’ Alan Shackelford, says Israel’s openness and its 50-year history of marijuana research puts eZitksTit in the vanguard of the medical-marijuana field.
—Medical marijuana on sale at a Colorado pharmacy. Photo by Reuters
—America is slowly coming around to the idea that marijuana isn’t only a recreational drug and that it has legitimated medical uses. Washington and Colorado have legalized the recreational use of marijuana and 23 more others allow it for medical purposes. Around half of the U.S. population now has access to medical cannabis.
—Marijuana is medicine but it’s also businesses. Shares of companies such as GrowLife, Nuvilex and Medbox, which are tied in one way or another to the cultivation or study of marijuana, soared in the weeks after Colorado and Washington put their new marijuana laws into effect. But it’s a business that will take time to cultivate. While Nuvilex shares have continued higher over the past year, GrowLife and Medbox have pulled back. It could be a long time before anyone gets rich from buying stock in cannabis.

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E.O. Wilson and the End of the Anthropocene

What do you do when you’re over 80 and still at the top of your game? If you’re the famed naturalist E. O. Wilson, you discover something you’ve never had before: a circle of friends.


Soviet Life, New Set of Photos

A new set of photos depicting life in the Soviet state. Taken from the archives, some previously unpublished might provide a nice insight in the days of past. Click for the larger versions, read the captions and enjoy!



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Abandoned Shopping Mall in Bangkok Turns Into Fish Pond

The New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, has been lying abandonment and lifeless since 1997, but not quite. The roofless four-storeyed structure has since flooded with several feet of rainwater and became a paradise for a variety of fish.

The store, which was built in 1982, was 11 storeys high, and very noticeable because it towered over the surrounding area. But it was later revealed that the developers only had permission to construct a four-storey building. In 1997, Thailand’s supreme court ordered the demolition of the seven-storey extension of the shopping centre leaving a gaping hole on the roof. Over the years, rain turned the ground floor of the mall into a shallow pond, and subsequently a breeding ground for mosquitoes.


A bearded US Marine gives candy to a Japanese child through the barbed wire fence of an internment camp in the Pacific island of Tinian, 1944

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood

Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city’s solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.


She’s About a Mover

Margaret Moser started writing about music for the Austin Sun in 1976. After its demise, she joined the Austin Chronicle for its prototype issue in 1981 and wrote for the paper for more than thirty years. Moser is the author …

Portraits from a life shaped by music


Fed Tapes

A confidential report and a fired examiner’s hidden recorder penetrate the cloistered world of Wall Street’s top regulator — and its history of deference to banks.

The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra


Detroit in the 1940s

The early part of the 20th century saw the city of Detroit, Michigan, rise to prominence on the huge growth of the auto industry and related manufacturers. The 1940s were boom years of development, but the decade was full of upheaval and change, as factories re-tooled to build war machines, and women started taking on men’s roles in the workplace, as men shipped overseas to fight in World War II. The need for workers brought an influx of African-Americans to Detroit, who met stiff resistance from whites who refused to welcome them into their neighborhoods or work beside them on an assembly line. A race riot took place over three days in 1943, leaving 34 dead and hundreds injured. After World War II ended, the demand for workers dried up, and Detroit started plotting its postwar course, an era of big automobiles and bigger highways to accommodate them.


Urban Exploration Photographer Finds a Stash of Cash in an Abandoned House


Rome’s military women have been hiding in plain sight

TALK about hiding in plain sight. Women are thought to have had no official role in Roman army activities. But now a sjuZtaAmonument that’s been sitting in the centre of Rome for almost 2000 years is adding to the evidence that soldiers ignored a ban on marriage, and that the wives or daughters of commanders might have taken part in triumphal ceremonies.
—Archaeologist Elizabeth Greene told the 8-11 January annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans about six females depicted on the iconic Trajan’s column in Rome, Italy, a triumphal monument to a military victory.

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The Science of Acupuncture


Sandro Botticelli – Renaissance Artist



Encounter with the Infinite

There is a form of Buddhism so potent, adherents say, that to hear its name spoken is to receive a promise of 142132493447522premature enlightenment, of early freedom from the wheel of incarnations. Something similar is true of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the super-genius who was born into deep poverty in an obscure part of southern India, who taught himself mathematics from a standard textbook, and in total isolation became a mathematician of such power that a hundred years after his death, at the age of thirty-two, the meaning of much of his work is still a mystery. In the middle of what I thought would be my life’s work, writing and producing music, I heard his story; now I find myself in graduate school studying number theory.