High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead? by Amy Fleming Ever since smartphones hooked us with their limitless possibilities and dopamine hits, mayors and city bureaucrats can’t get enough of the notion of smart-washing their cities. It makes them sound dynamic and attractive to business. What’s not to love about whizzkids streamlining your responsibilities for running services, optimising efficiency and keeping citizens safe into a bunch of fun apps? There’s no concrete definition of a smart city, but high-tech versions promise to use … Continue reading The case for … making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones
Forget about Keto, Paleo, and Atkins. If your goal is better health and a smaller gut, there’s a better way. By Julia Savacool Here’s one that will make you rejoice and groan at the same time: Dieting is worse for you than being overweight. That’s right, the restrictive behavior of significantly reducing calories and eliminating entire categories of foods puts such a toll on a body, it’s better to simply be mildly obese. But why? It’s all due to weight-cycling, the well-established phenomenon that large shifts in eating habits lead to weight loss followed by even more weight gain. Studies show that along with excess … Continue reading Dieting Will Kill You Faster Than Obesity. Here’s What to Do Instead.
by SADHBH O’SULLIVAN We all have them – stories of a lie we were told that’s so wild it becomes an anecdote. So much so that when I asked around our office for stories, people came armed with some whoppers. Here’s a flavour…“There was a girl in my form at high school who insisted her brother was S Club 7’s helicopter pilot.””This blows my mind but I have a friend who tells the most bizarre lies from time to time. She once made up having contracted a deadly parasite while abroad, she kept it going for ages and is convinced … Continue reading Why Do Pathological Liars Do It? An Investigation