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The case for building $1,500 parks

The case for building $1,500 parks

A groundbreaking new study shows that access to “greened” vacant lots reduced feelings of worthlessness and depression, especially in low-resource neighborhoods.

fastcompany.com
This Band Is Writing Theme Songs for Tech Companies

This Band Is Writing Theme Songs for Tech Companies

'I certainly never pictured that this was how it would be'

time.com
‘I thought, what do I have to offer?’ The woman digitalising the Democrats

‘I thought, what do I have to offer?’ The woman digitalising the Democrats

After hi-tech won Trump the presidency, Jessica Alter wanted to put the Democratic party on a stronger footing. She shares what she has learned

theguardian.com
When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Can’t

When in Nature, Google Lens Does What the Human Brain Can’t

The visual search tool can identify a California poppy or Pacific poison oak with a single photo, bringing you deeper into the nature around you.

wired.com
These are the most danceable number one hits, according to computer science

These are the most danceable number one hits, according to computer science

The algorithm loves Timbaland.

qz.com
Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?

theguardian.com
The Pipeline: The Snapchat Spectacles Engineer Who Embraces Failure

The Pipeline: The Snapchat Spectacles Engineer Who Embraces Failure

How Andrea Ashwood, an engineer who helped make Snapchat's Spectacles a reality, ended up working in tech. Plus, why she thinks failure is a good thing.

refinery29.com
'Making It': Offerman, Poehler's colorful summer diversion

'Making It': Offerman, Poehler's colorful summer diversion

Hosted and produced by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, this crafts competition series will pit eight craftsmen and women against each other, as they vie for a $100,000 grand prize.

newsday.com
This Former Computer Scientist Pivoted to Film/TV and Built an Emmy-Nominated Production C

This Former Computer Scientist Pivoted to Film/TV and Built an Emmy-Nominated Production C

Lori McCreary has partnered with actor Morgan Freeman on their production company for more than 20 years. Here's her story.

entrepreneur.com
Boston tops list of cities where it pays to move farther away

Boston tops list of cities where it pays to move farther away

Report: In metro Boston, the typical home becomes 13.4 percent less expensive when it is 15 minutes away from downtown.

realestate.boston.com
The City That's Built An Affordable Housing Paradise

The City That's Built An Affordable Housing Paradise

Public housing is the accommodation of last resort in the U.S. Not so in Austria's capital city.

huffingtonpost.com
Copywriter Who Scored Job Posing as Fearless Girl Talks Breaking Into Advertising

Copywriter Who Scored Job Posing as Fearless Girl Talks Breaking Into Advertising

Jade Delaney ‘has taken it all in her stride,’ said McCann Bristol managing director Andy Reid.

adweek.com
Physicist Writes 270 Wikipedia Profiles So Female Scientists Get Noticed

Physicist Writes 270 Wikipedia Profiles So Female Scientists Get Noticed

Dr. Jess Wade wants to share female scientists' stories and get young girls to consider a career in STEM.

huffingtonpost.com
Venmo explains why transactions are public by default: 'Because it's fun'

Venmo explains why transactions are public by default: 'Because it's fun'

Though the answer may not be that convincing.

cnet.com
Mom, in Touch

Mom, in Touch

My mom’s handwritten notes were an abiding feature of my childhood. They offered wisdom, encouragement, and comfort—and they continued to arrive long after her death.

texasmonthly.com
UN and Yale team up to offer big ideas on tiny living

UN and Yale team up to offer big ideas on tiny living

Yale University's architecture school has collaborated with the United Nations' Environment and Habitat programs, as well as Gray Organschi Architecture, to design a prototype tiny house.

newatlas.com
Bill Maher Is Stand-up Comedy’s Past. Hannah Gadsby Represents Its Future.

Bill Maher Is Stand-up Comedy’s Past. Hannah Gadsby Represents Its Future.

The vast, telling gap between two recent comedy specials.

vulture.com
Why 'Ant-Man and the Wasp''s Heroine Is a Crystal Ball for Marvel

Why 'Ant-Man and the Wasp''s Heroine Is a Crystal Ball for Marvel

Hope Van Dyne may be an indication of what Marvel's superheroines will look like in Phase 4.

wired.com
Shay Mitchell on conquering YouTube’s male-dominated travel space

Shay Mitchell on conquering YouTube’s male-dominated travel space

The former Pretty Little Liars star talks with Fast Company about how launching her own YouTube channel in 2014 has helped her live life to the fullest.

fastcompany.com
These sneakers are made from recycled chewing gum

These sneakers are made from recycled chewing gum

Old chewing gum gets a second life in these gumshoes

theverge.com
The counterintuitive tricks to asking better questions, according to Harvard research

The counterintuitive tricks to asking better questions, according to Harvard research

For a skill we begin developing as infants, we have much to learn.

work.qz.com
In writing the music for 'Waitress,' Sara Bareilles taught musicals a thing or two

In writing the music for 'Waitress,' Sara Bareilles taught musicals a thing or two

Talking with Sara Bareilles of "Waitress" musical.

chicagotribune.com
Women-Directed and Women-Centric Feature Films at 2018 Boston Underground Film Festival

Women-Directed and Women-Centric Feature Films at 2018 Boston Underground Film Festival

Now in its twentieth year, the Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) is “committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative and experimental filmmaking.”  ... Missed the actual date, but it highlights some of the films ...

btchflcks.com