The Heart and the Mind

The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”. The small mechanical pump was meant to relieve the burden of his failing cardiac muscles, but Carlos (not his real name) disliked the sensation. The beat of […]

The Serial Podcast: Justice and Storytelling

Serial has quickly become the internet’s most popular podcast. Its narrator, Sarah Koenig, is investigating the case of Adnan Sayed, who is in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, in 1999. Is he innocent, or guilty? The series oozes suspense, and each weekly episode is now awaited with a degree of […]

Kim Jong Un, the One and Only

Kim Jong Un has banned the use of his name across North Korea. Those, men and women, who may share his name must now find a new name and make the legal change or face jail time. New infants must not be named this either. Imagine having to change your name simply because someone else […]

Womenomics

What happens when the traditional jobs “too tough” for women are occupied by those who can. In Japan, the experiment has been successful in resuscitating a struggling economy. http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/12/03/368143686/is-womenomics-the-answer-to-japans-economic-woes

#CrimingWhileWhite Shows Solidarity on Police Brutality Issue

My 13yo son and his friends were loitering at Walgreens recently. Only his black friend got searched for shoplifting. ~ #CrimingWhileWhite ~ — Dave Hoover (@davehoover) December 4, 2014 Got pulled over for a brake light out. Underage and drinking and blew over the limit. Cop let me walk to my friend’s apt. #CrimingWhileWhite — Matthew Skalak (@skalakattack) December 3, […]

Is This the Future of Food?

Not Green, Just Soylent: Is This the Future of Food? By John Tozzi Just before it was lunchtime on the West Coast on Tuesday, Rob Rhinehart went on Twitter to seek donations for something called Soylent. He describes it in the pitch video as “an efficient form of fuel for humanity for the first time in […]

Another One on Ferguson

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, “My son was sweet. He didn’t mean any harm to anybody.” He was, she said, “a gentle giant.” But when police officer Darren Wilson fired the shot that ended Brown’s life, he saw things differently. “I felt like a five-year-old holding onto […]

Paying for the past

Caribbean nations prepare demand for slavery reparations Heads of state of 15 Caribbean nations will gather in St Vincent on Monday to unveil a plan demanding reparations from Europe for the enduring suffering inflicted by the Atlantic slave trade. In an interview with the Guardian, Sir Hilary Beckles, who chairs the reparations task force charged with framing […]

Hearing Colours

How synaesthesia inspires artists The experience of colour as we usually understand it is a visual one: objects have colour, artists use colour, and we can recall a colour in our mind’s eye. But for some people, colour is a more multi-sensory affair, linked to sound, texture, taste or shapes. Music has a hue – […]