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Trump’s Culture Wars Come to Architecture

Trump’s Culture Wars Come to Architecture

Feb 25, 2020 11 Min read time A U.S. federal courthouse in Islip, New York, designed by Richard Meier & Partners. Image: Douglas Palmer / Flickr A draft executive order condemns the modernism of an aesthetic elite in favor of popular neoclassicism. The ensuing controversy has obscured not just the diversity of each style, but…

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2020

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2020

Here is our annual list of technological advances that we believe will make a real difference in solving important problems. How do we pick? We avoid the one-off tricks, the overhyped new gadgets. Instead we look for those breakthroughs that will truly change how we live and work.Unhackable internetHyper-personalized medicineDigital moneyAnti-aging drugsAI-discovered moleculesSatellite mega-constellationsQuantum supremacyTiny…

How to Stay Motivated in Any Situation

How to Stay Motivated in Any Situation

It is no secret that some days it is easier to find motivation than others. No matter what is causing you to lose a little drive, today we are breaking down the most common stressful situations and how you can stay motivated through them all. How to Stay Motivated When You’re Hunting for a New…

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) and her Sovereign God

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) and her Sovereign God

Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753-1784) and her Sovereign God             Whatever moved the Wheatleys to buy the little slave that had just arrived from Africa, it was not her physical strength. Frightened and skinny, with two missing teeth, she looked sickly and frail. Susanna Wheatley’s decision of picking this instead of stronger girls might have been…

The 35 Best Breakup Songs Ever

The 35 Best Breakup Songs Ever

Murder! Suicide! Murder-suicide! Here’s a compendium of pop’s most genius works of staggering heartbreak, with sentiments just caustic enough to make you consider sticking with dogs for companionship. Brenda Kahn – “Mint Juleps and Needles” (1992) Folk-punk singer-songwriter Brenda Kahn obviously knows a few things about shitty boyfriends (Creem once called her the “high priestess…

House of the Century

House of the Century

Daisy Alioto | Longreads | February 2020 | 16 minutes (3,903 words) “A house is the physical manifestation of the ego” – Aline Kominsky-Crumb, “My Very Own Dream House” I. Security I have always harbored suspicions about fire escape windows. When my mother was living in Boston in the 80s, her TV set sat across…

How Facial Recognition Works

How Facial Recognition Works

From iPhones and Snapchat filters to airport check-ins and smart doorbells, facial recognition has entered into our everyday, as has the anxiety surrounding it. One in two American adults is in a law-enforcement facial-recognition database, often without his or her knowledge, while only a handful of cities regulate how the technology is used. And consumers…