Bill Gates says a deadly flu epidemic is one of the biggest threats to humanity. It could kill nearly 33 million people in 6 months.

JP Yim / Getty Bill Gates released his annual “What I learned at work this year” letter, which reflects on the issues of the past year and predicts what may happen in the upcoming 12 months.  In his 2018 edition, the Microsoft founder shared what he believes will be the next epidemic: the flu.  “If […]

Daylight-saving time is a curse against humanity, and we should end it forever

Skye Gould/Business Insider Daylight-saving time, or DST, began in the US in 1918 as a way to conserve energy. However, many Americans believe the practice is not worth the hassle. Scientific studies also suggest that daylight-saving time may cause more problems than it solves. There are two main proposals to get rid of DST: by […]

Stephen Hawking warned of future ‘superhumans’ threatening the end of humanity

Cancan Chu/Getty Images The posthumous writings of Stephen Hawking warn of ‘superhumans’ threatening the end of humanity. The world-famous physicist argued that gene-editing technologies could lead to genetic augmentation. Hawking warned that this genetic augmentation could create a race of ‘superhumans’ — causing natural humans to die out or become unimportant. It’s been several months since the late Stephen […]

‘Roma’ Review: Alfonso Cuarón Has Made a Masterpiece of Humanity and Empathy [TIFF]

Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma is a singular achievement – a visually resplendent tale of empathy, focusing on a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, and the family she works and lives with. “The movies are like a machine that generates empathy,” wrote Roger Ebert, and that description is more than apt for Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s new masterpiece. The most personal film […]

This Surgeon Is Injecting Humanity Into U.S. Health Care

In 2009, Atul Gawande received a surprise check for $ 20,000. It came not from The New Yorker, the magazine for which the 52-year-old Boston-based doctor has been a staff writer since 1998, or from a thankful patient, but from an executive in Warren Buffett’s inner circle. The money was a token of gratitude for […]

Hilarious Portraits of Cats Shaking… Off the Burden of Humanity

It wouldn’t be an internet-worthy week without some cat commentary. While The Awl has owned this corner of the webz this week, we’re doing our part by highlighting the adorable cat photography of pet photographer Carli Davidson. The artist is probably better known for her series of dogs shaking their damn cute selves around. Davidson […]