Homage to West Coast Punks

They were fast, loud and furious—and when things got out of hand the police sent in the snipers. The Guardian pays tribute to America's west coast punks.

L.A. could not only accommodate straightforward punk bands (the Dils, the Avengers, the Zeros) but also artists like the Middle Class, who, says Savage, were "four extremely pissed-off adolescents who were playing incredibly fast songs, all about a minute long". There were also the Weirdos, influenced by pop art, and the Screamers. The latter had two lead vocalists, two synth players and no guitarists; they grandly announced that they wouldn't release any records—just videos. "If it was creative and energetic, it was fine," says KK Barrett, then the Screamers drummer, now a film designer for such stars as Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze.

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

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  • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
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Why is 18 the age of adulthood if the brain can take 30 years to mature?

Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.

Mind & Brain
  • Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
  • Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
  • The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
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Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.

Strange Maps
  • Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
  • Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
  • Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
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Mini-brains attach to spinal cord and twitch muscles

A new method of growing mini-brains produces some startling results.

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Surprising Science
  • Researchers find a new and inexpensive way to keep organoids growing for a year.
  • Axons from the study's organoids attached themselves to embryonic mouse spinal cord cells.
  • The mini-brains took control of muscles connected to the spinal cords.
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