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Paul Stefanski

Why Interstellar Should Be Taken Seriously -- Very Seriously

Paul Stefanski | November 26, 2014 | Entertainment
Fund NASA, invest in SpaceX, write your congressperson, and vote. Space travel isn't just cool. It isn't just something to do because we can. If Interstellar has anything to teach us, it's that space travel can save our species. The truth is we might need saving very soon.
Nathan Gardels


Weekend Roundup: Can an 'Elderly and Haggard' Europe Defend a 'World of Rules' Against Russia?

Nathan Gardels | November 26, 2014 | World
As Pope Francis slammed Europe as "elderly and haggard" in an address this week in Strasbourg, the speaker of the Polish parliament, Radek Sikorski, warned in the WorldPost that Europe's starkest challenge is defending "a world of rules" against an aggressive Russia. Writing from the Vatican for our "Following Francis" series, Sébastien Maillard looks at the "holy ghostwriters" behind the pontiff's tweets and encyclicals. WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Istanbul on yet another retrograde move in Turkey's modern history taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared this week that men and women can't be equal. Though Erdogan still considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party a terrorist organization, Nazand Begikhani writes from Iraqi Kurdistan about how women from that party who have taken up arms to defend their fellow Kurds from the radically misogynist Islamic State are also advancing equal rights in their own society. This week, as the Israeli cabinet moved to define Israel as a "Jewish state," the French parliament, like other European parliaments of late, is voting on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. Writing from Paris, Bernard-Henri Lévy argues passionately that such a move, intended to enhance peace, will perpetuate war. (continued)
Steven Crandell


Happy Thinks-giving

Steven Crandell | November 26, 2014 | Technology
Here's an idea. This year, turn Thanksgiving into Thinks-giving. Unplug. Yup. The whole day without digital engagement. No screens. No big balloon parades. No football.
Robin L. Smith


The Regeneration Generation: A Conversation With Bob Hariri, Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of Human Longevity Inc.

Robin L. Smith | November 26, 2014 | Science
Utilizing technological advancements in genomics, bioinformatics, computing and cell therapy, HLI plans to develop therapeutic solutions to some of the most complex yet actionable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. Bob recently sat down with me to discuss his current work on the frontiers of aging and cellular science.
Lisa Abeyta


The Real Reason Girls Don't Like to Code

Lisa Abeyta | November 26, 2014 | Technology
I don't believe that girls are turned off by STEM because it's hard or simply because girls think they're bad at math. Girls aren't wimps or wilting flowers; they don't shrink from challenges just because something isn't a strength. We, as a culture, just aren't doing a very good job of selling tech to girls.
Danielle Ariano


Why You Should Care That Tim Cook and Michael Sam Are Gay

Danielle Ariano | November 26, 2014 | Gay Voices
Have you heard the news that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay? Are you thinking, "OK, was anybody asking?" or perhaps more pointedly, "Who gives a flying f***?"? Then this blog post is for you!
Shayla R. Price


4 Great Online Tools for Music Lovers

Shayla R. Price | November 26, 2014 | Technology
Music is the cornerstone of human culture. No matter who you are or what you do, a great song can make you feel happy. A certain track can remind you of unforgettable experiences, like your first kiss, honeymoon, or the birth of your child.
Legrain Antoine

How Origami Could Help Us Reach the Third Dimension in the Micro World

Legrain Antoine | November 26, 2014 | Science
We, at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, have used capillary forces to assemble micro-machined structures -- the so-called capillary origami technique. We believe that Origami is a promising option to reach the third dimension in the micro world.
Jessica Cussins

The Vagina Bio-Hack That Wasn't: How Two 'Startup Bros' Twisted the 'Sweet Peach' Mission

Jessica Cussins | November 26, 2014 | Technology
There's nothing inspiring or empowering about two male CEOs taking credit for a young woman's work while twisting the entire purpose from being about reproductive health to being little more than a joke. But a 20-year-old ultrafeminist scientist who's about to launch her own company? That will be something to watch.
Larry Magid


The Good Side of Anonymous Apps

Larry Magid | November 26, 2014 | Technology
Apps like Secret, Whisper, Ask.FM and Yik Yak are wonderful ways to discuss things like substance abuse, illnesses, obsessions, religious doubts, sexual orientation and other issues you might not want to disclose.
John W. Whitehead


Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

John W. Whitehead | November 26, 2014 | Politics
We would do well to tread cautiously in how much authority we give the government to criminalize free speech activities and chill what has become a vital free speech forum. If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to drift toward fear, repression, and violence.
Shira Dicker


The Dybbuk Inside My iPhone

Shira Dicker | November 26, 2014 | Technology
Overriding my vocalizations, my personal AutoCorrect serves as a cyber-Ouija-board, spelling out that which I am trying to ignore, forcing me into a direct confrontation with reality.
Eduardo Bertoni


Internet Applications: Don't Cry for Me in Argentina!

Eduardo Bertoni | November 26, 2014 | Technology
Modernizing the telecommunications law in Argentina is necessary. Any initiative to guarantee, for example, net neutrality or citizens' access to Internet has legitimate objectives. But when the law is hastily put together, there can be ridiculous consequences.
Maya Albanese

New Yorkers, Times Have Changed: Charge Your Car or Fill It Up?

Maya Albanese | November 25, 2014 | New York
In a city that is still recovering from the shock of empty gas pumps in the chaotic aftermath of Superstorm Sandy two years ago, there are obvious advantages to being free from reliance on the island's declining gas stations.
Brian Hanley


The Secret Lives of LinkedIn Users

Brian Hanley | November 25, 2014 | Comedy
I have over 1,250 LinkedIn connections. Most people would consider me an active LinkedIn user. Still, I don't have the faintest idea what I'm doing on LinkedIn. In search of answers, I surveyed hundreds of fellow users.
Yvette Alberdingk Thijm


Why Venture Capitalist Investors Should Care More About Human Rights Values

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm | November 26, 2014 | Technology
In a world where government surveillance regimes like the NSA are not shy about asking companies for users' personal information, companies have a heightened responsibility to only collect what they absolutely need--and to keep it safe.
Yuanbo Liu

The Structure Dilemma

Yuanbo Liu | November 25, 2014 | Technology
The constant change which defines our industry today also requires constant creativity to deal with its ever evolving set of challenges. For the mind to contend with the unknown, it can benefit from the removal of parameters
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman


Technology, Communication and Religion

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | November 25, 2014 | Religion
No matter one's feelings about the interaction of religion and technology, religion is being pushed, cajoled, uplifted, and profoundly changed by the technological advances of our time and merits greater study.
Andrew Durkin

The Discomforts Of Digital Music

Andrew Durkin | November 25, 2014 | Books
When it comes to music, the mood prompted by digital technology has shifted in recent years, from carnivalesque to callous. Pop star Taylor Swift is only the latest to bring attention to the trouble musicians are in, recently withdrawing her recordings from Spotify.
Robert Siciliano


How the Internet of Things Can Go Very Wrong

Robert Siciliano | November 26, 2014 | Technology
The Internet--one of history's greatest inventions--is also one of history's greatest platforms for crime. Here are ways things can go very wrong with the Internet of Things.
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