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Why It's So Hard To Change Minds About Refugees

Fleeing violence and starvation in their native country, the refugees arrived in their new home only to be ridiculed in the press, subject to overt racism, and faced with persecution in their places of worship. Sound like recent headlines? This was the reality for the first Irish refugees to come to the US. It hasn’t gotten much better in the last 150 years, either in the US or around the world.

It's Perfectly Normal To Live With Your Parents

A recent survey from Pew Research found that 18-34 year-olds in the US are living with their parents for much longer than any generation since the 1960s. 43% of men and 37% of women in this age group are living at home. Commentators on last night’s PBS News Hour called it “the new normal.” But it’s actually the same old normal. The idea of moving out has been an aberration for decades.

Are We Recycling Too Much Of Our Trash?

A recent credible study suggests the amount of waste Americans dispose in landfills each year is over twice what the EPA had been estimating.

The 25th Ig Nobel Awards Were The Greatest Moment In The History Of (Silly) Science

For years, the Ig Nobel Awards have been famous for celebrating the most offbeat and ludicrous forms of scientific discovery. And last night, I was lucky enough to attend the 2015 Ig Nobel ceremony, because a friend was the proud winner of an Ig Nobel.

How Much Money Would It Take To Be Batman?

Is it possible to be Batman? OK, better question, who could afford the technology to be Batman? Could we even make much of what we see being used by Batman in the Dark Knight movies?

Sanctioning China For Cybercrime Would Be Very Naive  

Remember when Obama declared a national emergency in April and issued an executive order to allow sanctions for cyberattacks? The administration is now talking about using those sanctions to punish China for stealing US trade secrets, including nuclear power plant designs.

Why Does Montreal Have A Bitcoin Embassy?

In the heart of downtown Montreal, between a boarded-up bar and a poutine shop, there’s a three-story glass building. It looks for all the world like realtor’s office — that is until you spot the sign swaying in the wind: “Bitcoin Embassy”.

Tesla Is A 'High-End Disruptor', Despite Being A Startup

Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla has defied expectations and succeeded — despite having a product that nobody was sure even had a market. But how did it happen?

It Turns Out That The US' GMO Warning Labels Didn't Work

The US has seen widespread campaigns to warn them against the horrors of frankenfood by putting GMO labels on cans, but a new study shows that even when food has GMO labels, nobody cares.

Why My Car Costs More Than Taking Uber Everywhere

Two weeks ago, I sold my car. It was a great car: a 2002 Subaru WRX with 36,700 miles. It did 0-60 in 5.9 seconds (and I’d tested it out enough times to appreciate that). Super fun. Carried groceries and anything I needed. Good for city, good for climbing and camping trips. Worked well. Nothing wrong with it.

Good riddance.

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