Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

The latest of these, Netflix’s Miss Americana, trains its camera on Taylor Swift, an artist known for both her social media prowess and her skill in controlling what, exactly, the world knows about her.

A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Almost Sold on eBay

A Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Script Almost Sold on eBay

While it seems like everything is slowing down before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there’s still a lot to cover, including Taylor Swift’s big night at the American Music Awards and Frozen 2’s big weekend at the box office.

Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV

Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV

And there’s the combined story of Nicole and Dion, about a mother and son learning to make a life in a world that doesn’t know what to do with young black boys or black women despite them doing their very best to succeed.

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Mighty Mustelids: Meet the World’s Most Epic Weasels

Included in the family are such charismatic critters as badgers, otters, ferrets and martens.Marbled polecat © ZooFanatic/Flickr under a creative commons license This may be the most beautiful of the mustelids, with striking color and spotting patterns.

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists

Ozkan’s team also created a new category called “frequent sitting,” with outdoor cafés and restaurants in mind, where wind shouldn’t exceed 5.6 mph.

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever

Now 99 percent of all exported bananas are Cavendish—with almost all of them grown in Latin America.“What we’re having is an almost apocalyptic scenario where we’ll probably lose Cavendish as well,” says Sarah Gurr, Exeter University’s chair in food security.

Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies

Marvel's Games Are Starting to Feel a Lot Like Its Movies

Now that focus is finally paying off in the world of games: Last year's Spider-Man was the first Marvel game in memory that felt like a spiritual sibling of the MCU.

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

“I got to not stress every time I went to the bathroom.” Tushy was founded a year later, promising, as Agrawal variously calls it, “the Model T of bidets” and “an iPhone next to your toilet.” It sits atop your existing john, a sleek control panel to the right and a nozzle hanging at the back of the bowl, just outside the average pooping radius.

Emirates Team New Zealand seek NIWA’s technical edge

Emirates Team New Zealand seek NIWA’s technical edge

“Weather is such a vital element of a successful America’s Cup campaign,” said Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

Suggestions of specific policies that would enable a Green New Deal to address land use have already emerged: We could, simply, measure greenhouse gases from our transportation system or build more housing closer to jobs centers.

The Year the Alt-Right Went Underground

The Year the Alt-Right Went Underground

But in its place has come something shadowier and far older: an underground white supremacist movement operating on society’s fringes, and a culture that disavows the racists while quietly mainstreaming their ideas.

Miriam Müller

Miriam Müller

Miriam é alemã e mestre em Sociologia e Estudos Latino-Americanos pela Freie Universitaet Berlin e está finalizando seu doutorado em Sociologia na Humboldt Universitaet Berlin.Blogging on: Latin America, Open Data

Travel a Familiar World Created by a Copy Machine

Travel a Familiar World Created by a Copy Machine

But Dominique Teufen’s Toshiba e-Studio 255 is lucky: It gets to see the world.Snow-capped mountains, shimmering beaches, a glacial lake: These breathtaking scenes aren't exactly real—Teufen creates them with found materials on the glass—but that's part of the fun.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeNorman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Recast for Modern AmericaMichael HardyClose Encounters at AlienCon, Where Ancient Aliens Fans MeetLaura MalloneeThe Secret Tools Magicians Use to Fool You"When people look at these landscapes, they think they're photographed," Teufen says.

Tundra-Trailblazing Beavers Shaped How We Coexist

Tundra-Trailblazing Beavers Shaped How We Coexist

Hard, heavy stuff could be passed down through generations, where light, ephemeral stuff was best used for far and wide proselytizing.Because the parties to the fur trade mimicked, and pushed, one another forward—beavers imitated the damming styles of humans, humans dressed as beavers, animal and human cultures fought and fused—their ways of communicating evolved rapidly.The beavers inspired a media theory that oral, print, and digital media are always biased.Innis’ germinal work inspired the so-called Toronto School, which helped shape the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, named for Innis’ most famous protégé, Marshall McLuhan.

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

The America’s Pledge on Climate initiative was set up the same year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Jerry Brown to map “bottom up” US climate action.

How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

How Do Viral Videos Make Money? YouTubers Share Their Secrets

Beyond that there are merch deals, collaborations with brands, and other promotions YouTubers can use to bring in cash from their channels."I don't think you get paid for subscribers [though]," says Rhett, one half of Rhett and Link, the team behind Good Mythical Morning—a fact that his cohost calls "sad."But that's just one of the tricks of the trade revealed in this episode of Creator Support, wherein we asked a host of YouTubers questions that fans and aspiring viral video creators posted on Twitter.

Just another day on aerosol Earth – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Just another day on aerosol Earth – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

On that day, huge plumes of smoke drifted over North America and Africa, three different tropical cyclones churned in the Pacific Ocean, and large clouds of dust blew over deserts in Africa and Asia.

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Like to Eat? Then You Should Care About Biodiversity

Through the implementation of healthy agricultural systems in Colombia, The Nature Conservancy and partners are demonstrating that biodiversity can increase ecosystem’s productivity and its long-term growth.