World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporations

  image edited by Fernando Kaskais Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon, poses as he stands atop a supply truck during a photo opportunity at the premises of a shopping mall in the southern Indian city of Bangalore © Abhishek N. Chinnappa / Reuters Most companies become successful thanks to their stellar reputations. But not always. RT Business scraped the bottom of the barrel to find the most hated companies trending on the internet. Monsanto The company that needs no introduction, creator of DDT and Agent Orange, Monsanto is one the world’s largest pesticide and GMO seed … Continue reading World’s top 5 ‘most evil’ corporations

Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

image edited by Fernando Kaskais By Robert J. Burrowes Is Earth the largest garbage dump in the Universe? I don’t know. But it’s a safe bet that Earth would be a contender were such a competition to be held. Let me explain why. To start, just listing the types of rubbish generated by humans or the locations into which each of these is dumped is a staggering task beyond the scope of one article. Nevertheless, I will give you a reasonably comprehensive summary of the types of garbage being generated (focusing particularly on those that are less well known), the locations … Continue reading Junk Planet: Is Earth the Largest Garbage Dump in the Universe?

The South Asian Men Sliding Into Your DMs in Hopes of ‘Fraandship’

They might seem like bots, but they’re most definitely real Hussein Kesvani, Writer, UK/Europe There’s a common character who’s likely to appear in your “requests” folder on Facebook or Twitter. More often than not, it’s a young guy, usually of Indian or Pakistani descent, sporting a neatly trimmed beard and aviator sunglasses. His messages will always begin with “hii,” “hello,” or my favorite, “hello dear.” Usually, you’ll ignore him. But most of the time, he will try to continue the conversation by sending selfies, or if you’re a woman, messages declaring his undying love. Such interactions aren’t anything new, but recently, … Continue reading The South Asian Men Sliding Into Your DMs in Hopes of ‘Fraandship’

We’re Killing Our Lakes and Oceans. The Consequences Are Real.

We only need to look to the Mediterranean Sea and the North American Great Lakes for dramatic illustrations of what lies in store if we don’t act now. BY Eelco Rohling & Joseph Ortiz   ON JANUARY 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are falling dangerously low has increased even more. We’re seeing the same thing happen in major lakes. The Science study reveals that … Continue reading We’re Killing Our Lakes and Oceans. The Consequences Are Real.

Algorithmic wilderness

A drone offers a unique bird’s eye view as part of a forest fire surveillance system in the Landes region, France. Photo by Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world? by Henry Mance is a political correspondent at the Financial Times. He writes Strangers’ Gallery, a weekly satirical take on politics and culture. He lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies I’ve tried many ways to free my brain from my iPhone. I’ve invented rules, bought books, deleted apps, installed other apps. But the only thing that reliably works is to leave the phone at … Continue reading Algorithmic wilderness

How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost

“Le Tourisme”George Redon / Getty Tales of people losing their way, before and after GPS by JULIE BECK The last time I was ever truly lost was in the summer of 2013. It was in St. Petersburg, Russia. I traveled there for work, and after four days of fighting jet lag to cram in sightseeing on the side, I fell asleep on a bus, nodding off over the copy of A Clash of Kings I’d been carrying with me during the trip.When I woke up, I had no idea how long I’d been out and if I’d missed my stop. The stop … Continue reading How Digital Maps Have Changed What It Means to Be Lost

City Noise Might Be Making You Sick

Lower Manhattan, 1902Underwood and Underwood / Library of Congress / Emily Jan / The Atlantic For a century, urban commotion has been treated as a moral failing of individuals. Fixing it will require systemic changes to environmental noise by KATE WAGNER What are your ears hearing right now? Maybe the bustling sounds of a busy office, or your partner cooking dinner in the next room. Whatever the texture of the sonic landscape of your life may be, beneath it all is the same omnipresent din: the sound of cars. That might seem benign, or perhaps even endearing—the sound of the … Continue reading City Noise Might Be Making You Sick