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Word power: Soros skewers Facebook & Google

Something very harmful and maybe irreversible is happening to human attention in our digital age. Not just distraction or addiction; social media companies are inducing people to give up their autonomy. The power to shape people’s attention is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few companies. It takes a real effort to assert and defend what John Stuart Mill called “the freedom of mind.” There is a possibility that once lost, people who grow up in the digital age will have difficulty in regaining it. This may have far-reaching political consequences.

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Akan’s green spheres: meet the marimo

Some local tourist promoters and “official” signage falsely claim that marimo live nowhere else.

However, eastern Hokkaido’s Lake Akan is the best place to see them.

Akan has by far the largest known examples of this rare and astonishing algal form…and the lake and its surrounds are beautiful in their own right.