Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.
Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.
A Dutch man has a prosthetic connected to his nerves, which allows him to feel pressure; Harvard alumni will have exclusive access to some massive open online courses offered by the university; meanwhile, former Vice President Dick Cheney's legacies live on. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Though caffeine has been found to enhance long-term memory in bees, it hadn't been shown to have similar effects on humans until now; green vegetables may be a new transformative source of energy for batteries; meanwhile, Brazil faces new dilemmas as a neoliberal democracy. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Recent lawsuits could render the latest form of in-office slavery obsolete; an LGBT group visits a paradisiacal island to honor gays once relegated there under Mussolini's fascist rule; meanwhile, death squads in Honduras are still fueled by U.S. dollars. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Thanks to the urge to be constantly wired, extremist propaganda is becoming easier and easier to feed to the masses; the industrial food system has a single aim--make CEOs and shareholders rich; meanwhile, legalizing gay marriage may make it more difficult for LGBT activists to effectively fight other types of discrimination. These discoveries and more after the jump.
The New York Times ignores a historic environmental demonstration in D.C.; accused hacker Jeremy Hammond speaks out against the government’s faulty “cybersecurity strategy” regarding Aaron Swartz's prosecution; meanwhile, nudists in Vienna attend an art exhibit on "Nude Men From 1800 to Today" to show off their goods. These discoveries and more after the jump.
A union in New Zealand got fast food chains such as McDonald's and Starbucks to raise their workers' wages by 50 percent; Palestinian books don't indoctrinate children against Jews after all; and perhaps, rather than fear Massive Online Open Courses, we should embrace this opportunity for cheap widespread online education. These discoveries and more after the jump.