Blockchains could breathe new life into prediction markets

WILL a Democrat win America’s next presidential election? Will Tesla file for bankruptcy by the end of 2019? Punters now have a new option for such bets: Augur, an online prediction market. Whether it takes off will be a gauge of the viability not only of such markets but of decentralised applications built on blockchains, […]

This Los Angeles Teen Fights Back in Bid to Breathe Easy

In a year when teenagers are changing the gun debate and stoking the fire of grass-roots democracy, a 17-year-old activist is not uncommon. But, with all due respect to the newcomers, Nalleli Cobo has been challenging the oil industry since age 9. The veteran environmental activist — who reminds us of the disproportionate impact of […]

‘Not only Pompeo thinks US is exceptional, this is the air Americans breathe’ – Peter Kuznick

We’ve already heard about US exceptionalism from Albright, Obama, and Clinton, but we are no longer in the 1990s, we are in a multipolar world, says Peter Kuznick, professor of history at American University. Donald Trump’s new pick for America’s top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, has gone through the required Senate grilling while outlining his view […]

Sequel Bits: ‘The First Purge’, ‘Glass’, ‘Don’t Breathe 2’, ‘Avatar 2’, and More

In this edition of sequel bits: The First Purge teaser capitalizes on how terrifying America is right now. M. Night Shyamalan has screened some Glass footage, and people are happy. Stephen Lang confirms Don’t Breathe 2 (again). Stephen Lang also offers an update on Avatar 2. Tom Cruise is kind of a jerk on the set of Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Michael […]

No, humans weren’t forced to breathe dirty VW diesel exhaust in a study

You might have heard that a group financed by Volkswagen conducted a study where humans were exposed to diesel exhaust fumes. Which might make you imagine that, like the monkey study we told you about earlier, a car somewhere was idling with a hose up the tailpipe, pumping emissions into a room with study participants […]

‘Stranger Things 2’ Early Buzz and Clip: We Can All Breathe a Sigh of Relief

The first season of Netflix’s Stranger Things took everyone by surprise and became an instant phenomenon. But here’s the thing about phenomenons: they’re tough acts to follow. And when a freshman show becomes that big that quickly, there’s always potential for a huge drop-off in quality when season 2 rolls around (cough, True Detective season 2). Thankfully, it sounds like Stranger Things […]

‘Breathe’ Review: Andrew Garfield Astounds in Andy Serkis’ Directorial Debut [TIFF]

As an innovator in the field of motion capture technology, Andy Serkis might possess a greater understanding of the nuances and capabilities of the human face that anyone working in cinema. The knowledge shows early on in Breathe, Serkis’ directorial debut, as Andrew Garfield’s protagonist Robin Cavendish begins to succumb to paralysis from polio. Serkis […]

Can Refugees Breathe New Life Into Ireland’s Empty Towns?

If County Roscommon is known around these parts for being remote, Ballaghaderreen and its 1,808 residents are a small mark on Roscommon’s map. Like towns across rural Ireland, Ballaghaderreen has been crippled by the fallout of the 2008 economic crisis. The closure of a major meat-processing plant in 2010 took out 200 jobs. By the […]