Akhil Unnikrishnan

Engineering student with an addiction for technology and Web Culture. Love longform content and a hot cup of coffee.

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

9 days ago

apparently irrational impulse from the limbic system, an ancient and anxious voice from the deepest recesses of the brain telling us to avoid a shortcut across a graveyard after dark or to keep the feet inside the bed covers when we’re alone? Not that we believe in ghosts or monsters or zombies, naturally, but ... better safe than sorry, right?

How Evolution Designed Your Fear

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

9 days ago

These are all harbingers, the way a dropping barometer signals a coming storm—not the possibility of a storm, but the inexorable reality.

You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

10 days ago

The irony in this. And the fact that it's all real.

He said he was going to bring back the steel mills.

“You’re never going to get those steel mills back,” she said.

“But he said he was going to,” I said.

“Yeah, but how’s he going to bring them back?”

“I don’t know,” I said, “but it’s what he said, last year, and people voted for him because of it.”

“They always say they want to bring the steel mills back,” Frear said, “but they’re going to have to do a lot of work to bring the steel mills back.”

He hasn’t built the wall yet, either. “I don’t care about his wall,” said Frear, 76. “I mean, if he gets his wall—I don’t give a shit, you know? But he has a good idea: Keep ’em out.”

He also hasn’t repealed Obamacare. “That’s Congress,” she said.

And the drug scourge here continues unabated. “And it’s not going to improve for a long time,” she said, “until people learn, which they won’t.”

“But I like him,” Frear reiterated. “Because he does what he says.”

Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway.

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

12 days ago

Can you imagine if I was the only one to say no? I’d be the most hated man in nerd-dom.

Luke Skywalker Speaks

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

13 days ago

Of all the most polluting nations – US, China, Russia, Japan and the EU bloc – only India’s carbon emissions are rising: they rose almost 5% in 2016.

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

16 days ago

Let that sink in.

The crisis has been worsened because the US Congress this year insisted that a backup sea-ice probe had to be dismantled because it did not want to provide funds to keep it in storage.

Republicans accused of obstructing satellite research into climate change

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

18 days ago

The shadow of this monster will occasionally still appear today, such as when a child asks why multiplying two negative numbers together produces a positive one.

Math’s Beautiful Monsters

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

21 days ago

Deal With the Real World, Not the Ideal World

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21 days ago

Terrifying Nightmares from Around the World

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

21 days ago

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

27 days ago

A week like any other, during the opioid crisis. This story is why we need journalism, to report on actual human stories.

This is what an epidemic looks like

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

27 days ago

The surprising conclusion is that you can undergo a fundamental transformation of character and still be judged to be the same person, provided that the transformation is in the right direction.

How a change for the worse makes for a different person – Kevin Tobia

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

28 days ago

No words can do justice to the anger and pain I felt when reading this. Why is a system like this allowed to exist anymore?

Death at a Penn State Fraternity

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

28 days ago

Internet-connected washing machines, espresso machines, juicers, fidget spinners and toasters will ALWAYS be overkill, no matter what you tell me.

You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

28 days ago

Finding terrestrial-style bacteria on Mars would tell us we’re not alone. Finding methane-swimming organisms on Titan would tell us, even more profoundly, that ours is not the only way to make life.

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

29 days ago

A year ago, I would mock Hitler: Reloaded’s ignorance whenever I passed it. But now, with the Richard Spencers and Jason Kesslers of the world giving power to Nazi iconography back home, the misguided ignorance of the store is somehow comforting. Hitler, to Pakistanis, doesn’t conjure images of violence and blind hate.

Where ‘Hitler’ doesn’t mean anything

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

29 days ago

Nothing in this story could be more ominous than this line.

The company could indeed claim, as it did on its site, to have “the internet’s favorite mattress.”

It had made very sure of that

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

33 days ago

The journey of a “doctor” who joined the cult of alternative medicine and then broke out of it

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

50 days ago

Millennials are filling their homes — and the void in their hearts — with houseplants

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

50 days ago

Not only were we part of nature as we evolved,’ Wolf says, ‘but we were dependent on it. We had to rely on our senses, our intuition, and our responses in order to find food, water, shelter – the absolutely important things. We hunted or grew our food; we carried it back to the tribe.’

The healing power of nature

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

57 days ago

Sea salt around the world is contaminated by plastic, studies show

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

62 days ago

YouTube is leaving its creators in the dark

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

77 days ago

I needed this. 😅

You’ll Never Be Famous — And That’s O.K.

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

77 days ago

Climate change denial should be a crime

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

78 days ago

Be aware that the great likelihood is that you are going to lose all of your money

I now have equity in an alt-right Twitter clone

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

78 days ago

Four years on, YouTube’s approach suggests the feed is only becoming more important. An ever-growing repository of videos, matched with ever-improving personalization technology, will be difficult to resist.

How YouTube perfected the feed

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

106 days ago

Set a timer for 20 minutes. Open up your notebook (or begin a document on your computer). When the timer starts, begin writing about your emotional experiences from the past week, month and year. Don’t worry about punctuation, sloppiness or coherence. Simply go wherever your mind takes you, curiously and without judgment. Write just for yourself, and not for some eventual reader. Do this for a few days. Then, close the document without saving it, or throw the paper away. Or stick it in a bottle and cast it out to sea. Or if you’re ready, start a blog or find a literary agent.

You Can Write Your Way Out of an Emotional Funk. Here’s How.

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

128 days ago

American Tech Companies Are So Afraid Of Offending Indians That They're Censoring All Their Products

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

151 days ago

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

222 days ago

When Will New York City Sink?

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

228 days ago

The Secret Threat That Makes Corporations More Powerful Than Countries

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

269 days ago

Financial Advice for My New Son

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

325 days ago

How natural are nature documentaries?

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

325 days ago

A great read written with vivid imagination. RIP Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher. You will be missed.

Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

327 days ago

The Great A.I. Awakening

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

333 days ago

The Last Unknown Man

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

343 days ago

One reason for the “explosion” of double majors — as high as 40 percent of students at some elite schools — is that students want one major to satisfy Mom and Dad and another to satisfy their own interests

Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

346 days ago

Exclusive: How Elizabeth Holmes’s House of Cards Came Tumbling Down

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

349 days ago

An Alien Adaptability Scorecard for the World’s Biggest Religions

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

358 days ago

Spend the First Hour of the Day on Activities That Add Value to Your Life

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

363 days ago

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don’t Follow Through on What We Set Out to Do and What to Do About It

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

365 days ago

Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

368 days ago

Discriminatory design and decision-making affects all aspects of our lives: from the quality of our health care and education to where we live to what scientific questions we choose to ask. It would be impossible to cover them all, so we'll focus on the more tangible and visual design that humans interact with every day.

Discrimination By Design

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

371 days ago

Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

372 days ago

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

375 days ago

Why Are Babies So Dumb If Humans Are So Smart?

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

376 days ago

Through my bookshelf, my Kindle and my browser, I can access the entire store of human knowledge, insight and imagination at any hour of the day, and I think sometimes I’d be mad not to take advantage of that.

Here’s my secret weapon: I read

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

376 days ago

President Trump’s First Term

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

391 days ago

So pumped for these features to hit the beta app. 😍

Pocket’s Next Frontier: Solving The Internet’s Clickbait Problem

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Akhil Unnikrishnan

395 days ago

The Myth of Quality Time

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