A Coin-Inspired National Spirit, Hopefully

The Lakota Nation, a group of seven Native American bands in North and South Dakota, voted to make a Bitcoin-like crypto-currency called MazaCoin their official currency, according to Forbes. Programmer and Lakota activist Payu Harris believes that the coin will help the Lakota people gain sovereignty over their land. “To be a truly independent state […]

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50 Charities, 10 Years, $1 Billion Wasted

In Holiday, Florida, sits a warehouse. From the outside, it looks like nothing special, but as a joint investigative report from the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered, inside is one of the most useless charity in America: Kids Wish Network. For every dollar it raises, a mere 3 cents goes […]

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Whatever & Ever Today: Google Takes WiFi to the Sky, Bob Dylan’s Songs Mapped Out, & Canadian Money Smells Canadian

Google wants blimps to connect Asia and Africa, every location in Bob Dylan’s music gets mapped, and Canada’s new $100 bill smells like Maple Syrup.

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Zimbabwe Low on Cash with only $217 in the Bank

It’s not often that many Americans can equate themselves with foreign nations, but when it comes to finances, some might be surprised to find they’ve got more saved up than the Republic of Zimbabwe. Finance Minister Tendai Biti reports that after paying public workers, “there was $217 in government coffers,” AFP reported. After the year […]

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The Most Indebted Man in The World Carries A $6.3 Billion Burden

Jérôme Kerviel is a former arbitrage trader at Société Générale who went rogue and landed himself in massive debt. His scheme could make millions by executing $73 billion in unauthorized trades but when he fell, he fell hard. Now 6.3 billion is the number he will carry for the rest of his life. That’s how […]

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Sorry Nerds, Popular Kids Are More Successful Later in Life

The some-day-you’ll-work-for-me creed of the highly intelligent and socially inept might prove to be inconsistent with reality. New data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study shows that the popular kids in high school tend to make more money in the long run when compared to their nerdy counterparts. The survey looks at 10,000 men and women […]

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  • Google Glass Lets You Take Photos With Your Brain
    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

  • Android Art: The Accidental Selfies of Google Art Project
    July 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
    July 4, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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