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  • News

How much money did Kendrick Lamar make on Spotify yesterday?

How much money did Kendrick Lamar make on Spotify yesterday?

After the rapper’s third album, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” broke Spotify’s global one-day streaming record, we wondered how much Lamar made.

  • News

Buddha in headphones lands three in Burmese jail

Buddha in headphones lands three in Burmese jail

The ruling over a cartoon on Facebook attests to a government's hard-line pandering.

  • Question

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.

  • City Index

What are the subway fares around the world?

What are the subway fares around the world?

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.

  • News

This is a very, very, very old pretzel

This is a very, very, very old pretzel

These 300 year old pretzels sure are making me thirsty.

  • Citizen

How I lost myself to acne medicine

How I lost myself to acne medicine

While I knew that I got the brainbuzz from minocycline, I never put together that it had something to do with the blank canvas daydream of a life that I was living. I thought that was just life.

  • News

NASA probe orbits potentially life-harboring planet

NASA probe orbits potentially life-harboring planet

This morning, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft began orbiting Ceres, a small icy planet between Mars and Jupiter, with a huge amount of potentially life-sustaining water.

  • Transportation

How do you say “Kosciuszko?”
Updating the MTA announcements

How do you say “Kosciuszko?”
Updating the MTA announcements

We asked international consulate offices to help us re-record disputed pronunciations of New York subway station names.

  • News

What is "duang" and why is it viral in China?

What is "duang" and why is it viral in China?

A new Jackie Chan-inspired Chinese character is going viral, yet no one is sure what it means.

  • What Do You Do

I run an illegal DIY music venue

I run an illegal DIY music venue

Letting other people let their freak flag fly.

  • Music

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.

  • News

Catwoman is bisexual

Catwoman is bisexual

In the latest installment of the DC comic, Selina Kyle confirms her interest in women.

  • Office Dictionary

Office Dictionary: Know Your Meme

Office Dictionary: Know Your Meme

Every workplace has its own dictionary. We asked the meme tyrants at Know Your Meme to throw us a scrap of internal lingo, featuring "deadpool", "brones" and "super robo Jesus".

  • News

The computerized origin of the pulsar from Joy Division’s "Unknown Pleasures"

The computerized origin of the pulsar from Joy Division’s "Unknown Pleasures"

A Cornell graduate student’s thesis became an iconic post-punk album cover.

  • News

Net neutrality approved by FFC in 3-2 vote

Net neutrality approved by FFC in 3-2 vote

The kids are alright.

  • News

Japan's funerals for robotic doggies

Japan's funerals for robotic doggies

Mourning man’s artificial best friend gets a burial upgrade.

  • News

Over 62% of the world’s population have never been online

Over 62% of the world’s population have never been online

Your barely "liked" relationship status update is literally the least of the world's problems.

  • News

Australian beekeepers invent innovative new beehive that makes "honey on tap"

Australian beekeepers invent innovative new beehive that makes "honey on tap"

The Flow Hive The Flow Hive gives you "honey on tap" and could help the bee population flourish.

  • News

Orthodox Union might be kosher with weed edibles

Orthodox Union might be kosher with weed edibles

The Orthodox Union is in "preliminary talks" of putting it's kosher seal on kushy snacks

  • What Do You Do

I was a test subject for big tobacco

I was a test subject for big tobacco

A paid tobacco experiment participant talks about levers, FMRIs, EKGs, pizza bagels and dolphins on acid, as part of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series.

  • News

Go postal in Antarctica

Go postal in Antarctica

The Antarctic Heritage Trust is hiring four full-timers to join their post office, replete with fried Spam and "smelly" penguins.

  • News

Vicemo squeals on all your shady Venmo transactions

Vicemo squeals on all your shady Venmo transactions

New app reveals all of the digital currency you spent on sex and drugs.

  • Question

How can you tell you are being watched online?

How can you tell you are being watched online?

Hopes&Fears answers questions from our readers and friends, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we're wondering about internet privacy.

Internet slang meets American Sign Language
  • Internet

Internet slang meets American Sign Language

How do you sign "new" words? The Deaf community works as a network, collectively brainstorming new sign language terms over the web, until dominant signs emerge.

  • News

What are people Torrenting right now?

What are people Torrenting right now?

An art project shows video collage of what people are Torrenting around the globe, in a place where Dumb and Dumber To, Frozen, and Bang Bros meet.

  • News

That time the creators of South Park went to the Oscar’s on acid

That time the creators of South Park went to the Oscar’s on acid

It's a magical night

  • News

Sperm donors win visitation rights after previously renouncing them

Sperm donors win visitation rights after previously renouncing them

Even with many states legalizing gay marriage, there are still many challenges facing same-sex households

  • News

Spies can track your location through your phone’s battery life

Spies can track your location through your phone’s battery life

GPS data is only the tip of the iceberg

How does male make-up work?
  • Fashion

How does male make-up work?

Every model in a print ad, talking head on television and virtually anyone on the big screen gets a brush to the face. We put makeup artist Claudia Lake to work on three New Yorkers.

  • News

Giant high altitude clouds over Mars baffle scientists

Giant high altitude clouds over Mars baffle scientists

After three years of examination, the clouds remain a mystery

  • News

US government wages social media war with ISIS

US government wages social media war with ISIS

The fight against terrorism has taken to Twitter

  • City Index

What is the cost of a grande cup of black coffee around the world?

What is the cost of a grande cup of black coffee around the world?

Whether starting off your day or pummeling through 4pm fatigue, it's there when you need it. But a cup of joe can go for a lot, depending where you live. In this week's City Index, we explore coffee.

  • Question

Why do new things smell so good?

Why do new things smell so good?

Hopes&Fears answers questions from our readers and friends, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we're curious about scents.

  • News

Chelsea Manning joins The Guardian as contributing opinion writer

Chelsea Manning joins The Guardian as contributing opinion writer

The Espionage Act violator joins the iconic newspaper from behind bars

  • News

Map predicts cities underwater

Map predicts cities underwater

As if you needed another reason to hate Park Slope

  • News

'B-Movie' doc explores 80s West Berlin through drugs, sex and post-punk

'B-Movie' doc explores 80s West Berlin through drugs, sex and post-punk

The film premieres February 8th at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival

  • News

Charles Manson calls off wedding over fiancée’s plan to display his corpse

Charles Manson calls off wedding over fiancée’s plan to display his corpse

The serial killer’s 27-year old fiancee Afton Elaine Burton planned to make Manson’s corpse a tourist attraction

  • News

Dada Twitterbot describes Reuters images

Dada Twitterbot describes Reuters images

A bot creates Post-Internet art out of the English news agency’s feed

  • News

California's atmospheric rivers are drying up

California's atmospheric rivers are drying up

Hot temperatures and less rain means less water in reservoirs.

  • News

Researchers confirm that Facebook envy leads to depression

Researchers confirm that Facebook envy leads to depression

“Surveillance use” of the social networking site brings upon symptoms of depression