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Month: June 2018

Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 10: What Is Real?

June 30, 2018

"What is real?" Dolores asks Arnold, in a flashback, at the beginning of Westworld's second season. He responds: "That which is real is irreplaceable." Season 2 of the HBO series has played with the nature of reality as if it were a feather dangled before our paws. Is this person real? What about this world—where […]

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London Breed to become San Francisco’s first black female mayor

June 30, 2018

After lengthy vote count, moderate community activist beats Mark Leno, who would have been first openly gay mayor London Breed, a longtime community activist who grew up in public housing, has won San Franciscos mayoral election, becoming the citys first black female mayor. No matter where you come from, no matter what you decide to […]

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The Powerful Groups Stonewalling a Greener Way to Die

June 30, 2018

This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Samantha Sieber’s grandfather had a traditional American burial. His body was embalmed, put in a metal casket, and laid to rest at a cemetery, where the grounds would be perpetually cared for. “It felt good to give him what he wanted,” said Sieber, […]

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19 People Tell Us the Most Expensive Thing Theyve Ever Held in Their Hands

June 30, 2018

Throughout your life, you’ve probably touched hundreds of thousands of different things. Some of them are probably worth only pennies — like shoelaces, toothpicks, or literal pennies. But other things you’ve touched may have been worth a lot of money. For instance, I personally have touched a piece of the actual Titanic, fossils that are […]

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How we really feel when watching the ‘Bumblebee’ trailer

June 30, 2018

It was a hot time in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon. Sorry, sorry. (No I’m not.) It’s been five months since The Boring Company sold 20,000 space age flamethrowers to… people who want to burn things, I guess. On Saturday, 1,000 of those buyers got to pick up their purchase at a party thrown by […]

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People aren’t happy with the pay gap between these two surfers

June 30, 2018

Over the weekend, surfers competed in the Ballito Pro, which takes place in South Africa’s east. In the Billabong Junior Series, the under-18 mens winner was Indonesia’s Rio Waida, while the womens competition was won by South Africa’s Zoe Steyn. SEE ALSO: Barbie has a brand-new STEM career, and it’s pretty cool While the news […]

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The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism

June 30, 2018

In the summer of 1990, I was running a pretty weird nightclub in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo. I was deeply immersed in the global cyberpunk scene and working to bring the Tokyo node of this fast-expanding, posthuman, science-fiction-and-psychedelic-drug-fueled movement online. The Japanese scene was more centered around videogames and multimedia than around acid and […]

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Why Are CDC Disease Detectives in a Cave Crawling With Snakes?

June 30, 2018

The 18-foot pythons in Uganda’s Python Cave don’t bother Brian Amman too much. It’s the black forest cobras that worry him. “They're extremely venomous and known to be fairly aggressive,” says Amman, a disease ecologist with the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. A single bite from one of the 10-foot snakes can kill […]

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Homeless people on their pets: ‘She saved me as much as I saved her’

June 29, 2018

Four people share stories of animal companions as experts say they take better care of pets than those with housing Heather, 22, Seattle Before we found Poppy, I didnt feel like I had anything to wake up for. I was going through a rough time in my life and didnt care about myself. Id been […]

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