High-Tech Santa Trackers
Video and photo editing, smartphone apps, email and other digital tools are gaining popularity as parents try to persuade their 21st-century kids that there is a Santa Claus.
Technology can create evidence more convincing than fake reindeer tracks in the snow—though without a deft touch, Santa can come off looking like a perp in a security video. As adults seek slicker proof to back up the legends of childhood—the existence of Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny—there's new confusion over the line between harmless fibs and outright deception. "I want it to be playful and fun—I don't want it to be the source of future therapy sessions," says Amy Lupold Bair, whose four-year-old, Noah, often turns to the computer to back up his parents' assertions.
New research links urban planning and political polarization.
- Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
- Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
- People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
- Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.
- Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
- What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
- Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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