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Why is it called a black box if it's actually orange?

Why is it called a black box if it's actually orange?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we answer a reader's question about a mysterious piece of aircraft equipment.

Tipping

Tipping

How much should you tip wait staff in restaurants in Beijing, Reykjavik and Seattle? This week, City Index compares the excepted tipping percentage in cities around the world.

Art that startups buy

Art that startups buy

Talking with Skillshare, Enigma, Electric Objects, Kickstarter, and Tumblr, we learned how these startups art-up their work place.

City patterns: stacked living

City patterns: stacked living

City Patterns examines urban landscapes, juxtaposing various cities to create a geographical tapestry. In our inaugural City Patterns, we examine stacked living.

Can you swipe someone onto the NYC subway?

Can you swipe someone onto the NYC subway?

Hopes&Fears answers questions, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder if swiping someone in with your unlimited Metrocard is legal.

The world of psychedelic mushrooms online

The world of psychedelic mushrooms online

Hopes&Fears's Mike Sugarman dives into net-enabled psilocybin, exploring the agendas and online resources available for those who wish to grow magic mushrooms.

I'm a bellman at 
a hotel full of celebrities

I'm a bellman at a hotel full of celebrities

A bellman at a luxury hotel talks whiskey and oatmeal room service, photo-bombing the paparazzi and Keanu's #1 fan as part of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series.

How psychics, crystal healers and exorcists utilize the web

How psychics, crystal healers and exorcists utilize the web

Tapping the supernatural through your wifi.

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Hopes&Fears answers questions, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder if what we've always been told about breakfast is actually true.

White God: Revenge horror, fairy tales, and a dog revolution in Budapest

White God: Revenge horror, fairy tales, and a dog revolution in Budapest

Hopes&Fears talks to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó about his new film White God.

Banking is dead,
long live banking

Banking is dead, long live banking

An anonymous investment banker explains why the banking system is just big enough to fail, and will collapse soon, to be replaced by peer-to-peer networks.

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Sex for all: A sex worker's campaign for the disabled
Sex for all: A sex worker's campaign for the disabled

Sex for all: A sex worker's campaign for the disabled

MP candidate, activist and sex worker Charlotte Rose provides a remedy that can't be found in a hospital.

Penalties for possession of 
a gram of weed

Penalties for possession of a gram of weed

This week, City Index explores the smallest slaps on the wrist and the harshest punishments for possessing a gram of weed around the world.

Subway fares

Subway fares

Whether you live by it or despise it, public transportation is an essential part to any city’s infrastructure and helps curb carbon emissions. This week, City Index explores subway fares.

Culture

What's changed since 
Fight Club: Terrorism, 
vibrators, soap

What's changed since Fight Club: Terrorism, vibrators, soap

In the wake of Fight Club sequel news, Hopes&Fears puts plot points from the 1996 book and 1999 movie into 2015. What's new in offices, Dissociative Identity Disorder, and vibrator-related TSA issues?

Max/MSP for average music junkies

Max/MSP for average music junkies

Hopes&Fears explores the history and uses of Max/MSP, and sees how the computer-human relationship changes from coders to non-tech sound artists.

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I used a 56K modem for a week and it was Hell on Earth

I used a 56K modem for a week and it was Hell on Earth

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to live with a 90s internet connection for a week. This is his story.

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

Hopes&Fears answers questions, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder if what we've always been told about breakfast is actually true.

Which appendages can be reattached?

Which appendages can be reattached?

Hopes&Fears answers questions, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we get to the gory as we examine the science of reattaching lost body parts.