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Hosico's guitar concert

Today is my only guitar concert 🎙

FUN & PETS youtube.com

How to Make the UN Relevant Again

Council of Councils global perspectives roundups gather opinions from experts on major international developments. In this edition, members of six leading global think tanks reflect on what...

CURRENT AFFAIRS cfr.org

The Sounds of the Forest Soundmap

Explore the first ever forest soundmap of the world

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT timberfestival.org.uk

Fresh from the Wire

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J.K. Rowling’s newest book criticized for a reportedly transphobic plot line
House GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election

America’s Exceptional Housing Crisis

How the rest of the world tamed runaway home prices

BUSINESS & FINANCE foreignaffairs.com

Europe’s largest green facade

SCIENCE & TECH brightvibes.com

How algorithms discern our mood from what we write online

Researchers and companies are harnessing computers to identify the emotions behind our written words. While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it manages to distill meaning from huge amounts...

SCIENCE & TECH knowablemagazine.org

The Italian Fishermen Who Brought the Sea Back to Life

When harmful fishing practices sapped Puglia's shores of life, conservationists and fishermen created a marine reserve that turned their catches around.

LIFE & HEALTH reasonstobecheerful.world

Don't fall for the Venus life trap

Here we go again. A team of scientists (led by Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University) has discovered possible evidence of life on another planet. In this case, the planet is Venus and the...

SCIENCE & TECH unherd.com

Death decreed over Zoom

Virtual courts were meant to be the solution to a congested system in Nigeria. Then it was used to sentence a man to death.

CURRENT AFFAIRS restofworld.org

Paying People to Take a Covid Vaccine

The plan was first proposed by Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution.

CURRENT AFFAIRS reason.com

Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation

A 6,600-word internal memo from a fired Facebook data scientist details how the social network knew about specific examples of global political manipulation — and failed to act.

CURRENT AFFAIRS buzzfeednews.com

Shady Contracts, Raw Deals: Inside the Industry of Managing Video Game Stars

Many of the two dozen streamers, managers, and lawyers WIRED spoke with described rampant exploitation they've seen or experienced in the booming business.

BUSINESS & FINANCE wired.com

The True Stories Behind Comic Sans and Ctrl-Alt-Del

Thanks to the brilliance of these four computer programmers we can play Solitaire on our computers, discover Easter eggs in video games, write emails and res...

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT youtube.com

2,600-year-old Phoenician wine 'factory' unearthed in Lebanon

The oldest press found in the country was used by ancient Phoenicians to manufacture vintages once adored around the Mediterranean.

ARTS & CULTURE nationalgeographic.com

The history of the cross and its many meanings over the centuries

Sept. 14 is the the Feast of the Holy Cross celebrated by many Catholics and some Christians. A scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.

ARTS & CULTURE theconversation.com

Will the United Nations Survive To See Its 100th Birthday?

Franz Baumann & Christopher Ankersen

CURRENT AFFAIRS pairagraph.com

Who Gets Hurt When the World Stops Using Cash

Some people don’t have credit or debit cards, so a growing number of state and local governments are requiring businesses to accept cash.

BUSINESS & FINANCE nytimes.com

Harper's Index October released

Percentage of registered U.S. voters who said in 2016 they would consider moving to Canada if Donald Trump were elected

CURRENT AFFAIRS harpers.org

Why some people become super smellers

Some people have an extraordinarily sensitive nose, but is this something they are born with or can you learn to have this fragrant “superpower”?

LIFE & HEALTH bbc.com

Autism Screening in Toddlers: 82% of Positive Tests are False

Autism screening in toddlers likely results in a huge number of false positives.

LIFE & HEALTH madinamerica.com

The wellness realm has fallen into conspiritualism

We need to understand that research done via YouTube is not “your own research”. It’s an algorithm at play that handcuffs us to our worst cognitive biases

CURRENT AFFAIRS theguardian.com

Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open

Hundreds of emails offer a rare look at the meat industry’s influence and access to the highest levels of government. The draft was submitted a week before Trump’s executive order, which bore...

CURRENT AFFAIRS propublica.org

When Technology Takes Revenge

While runaway cars and vengeful stitched-together humans may be the stuff of science fiction, technology really can take revenge on us. Seeing technology as part of a complex system can help us...

SCIENCE & TECH fs.blog

In Pictures: Brazil's Pantanal wetland is on fire

Fire burning in the wetlands of west-central Brazil is threatening one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet.

CURRENT AFFAIRS aljazeera.com

What the Hell Is Going On with Brexit Now?

Oh great, this again.

CURRENT AFFAIRS vice.com

The Man Who Refused to Spy

The F.B.I. tried to recruit an Iranian scientist as an informant. When he balked, the payback was brutal.

CURRENT AFFAIRS newyorker.com

Visions of a Visionary, The Designs of Eero Saarinen

The exemplary career of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen demonstrates how talent can indeed run in the family. An individual who looked to the future, and often sky, with his bold...

ARTS & CULTURE gestalten.com

Gene editing to produce 'super dad' livestock

Modified animals could improve sustainable meat production, but safety and ethical issues remain.

SCIENCE & TECH bbc.com

Is Globalization Over?

Top economists including Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman and Mark Zandi offer predictions on the future of globalization. Jim O'Neill does not expect companies...

BUSINESS & FINANCE youtube.com

Operation Legend Is Bringing Surveillance Tech to Cities

Using federal grants, cities are contracting with companies that hack smartphones and detect gunshots.

CURRENT AFFAIRS theintercept.com

Super Mario at 35: Mario's makers on Nintendo's most enduring mascot

The joyful jumping plumber has been on every Nintendo console and inspired a generation of players. Shigeru Miyamoto, Kenta Motokura, Takashi Tezuka and Yoshiaki Koizumi reflect on his legacy.

MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT theguardian.com

Why Women Can Dress Like Men But Not Vice Versa

A woman slips on her boyfriend’s cotton shirt, its shoulders dropping inches below hers, and rolls up the long, long sleeves. She looks even more feminine. A man borrows his girlfriend’s soft blue...

ARTS & CULTURE wustl.edu

A year in the life of Momo's snoot

FUN & PETS imgur.com

Face-mask recognition has arrived, for better or worse

New algorithms can police whether people are complying with public health guidance. The practice raises familiar questions about data privacy.

SCIENCE & TECH nationalgeographic.com

What New York City Taxi Drivers Are Doing During the Covid Pandemic

BUSINESS & FINANCE bloomberg.com

Let’s Hold On to the Throwaway Society

LIFE & HEALTH city-journal.org

Peru’s Indigenous turn to ancestral remedies to fight virus

Photos and Text Rodrigo Abd

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The movements that betray who you are

The accents that creep into the way we speak can reveal a lot about where we are from, but there are also subtle clues visible in our faces and the way we move.

LIFE & HEALTH bbc.com

The Possibility of Life Without Money

The prospect of a “cashless” society is upon us. But could ordinary life be “moneyless” entirely?

BUSINESS & FINANCE currentaffairs.org

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