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Ministers fail to cinch major trade pact

Failure to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal complicates a top Obama goal.<p>KAANAPALI, Hawaii — Top trade officials from the United States, Canada and 10 other Pacific rim nations fell short of concluding the biggest trade pact in history on Friday because of differences over agricultural, …

Globalization

This No-Gym Workout Gets the Job Done in 10 Minutes

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Silicon Valley

Is it better to get 30 minutes of exercise or 30 minutes of extra sleep?

Here's a simple quality-of-life question: If you had 30 minutes of extra unexpected free time in your day, would you use it for sleep or exercise?<p>I asked this last week to friends and colleagues, and they all said the same thing: "Who in the hell has these 30 minutes of free time, and are their …

Sleep

This is why 'BattleBots' was able to return to TV after 13 years

Only the right combination of cultural movements and people could bring the robotic fighting challenge back to the small screen. But, it was clear that no one involved with the show lost heart.<p>"Trey [Roski] and I went through this agency, that agency, this executive producer, that production …

TV

Angelina Jolie to Direct, Star in Film With Her Son Maddox Jolie-Pitt

The Unbroken director will handle the adaptation of activist Loung Ung's memoir.<p>Angelina Jolie is working with Netflix on a new original movie.<p>The actress and <i>Unbroken</i> director will helm the adaptation of <i>First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers</i>, the memoir published by human …

Inside Out review – an emotional rollercoaster

Pixar returns to form with a dazzlingly imaginative adventure set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl<p>The new Pixar animation <i>Inside Out</i> could easily have been called Out There. It’s as bizarre, imaginative and authentically psychedelic as anything produced in mainstream animation. At this point …

Animation

What goes on inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl?

Inside Out, Pixar’s new film, offers a helpful insight – and reveals the unexpected pressure to be ‘happy’<p>Like Yves Klein’s deep, uncomfortable blue, Pixar should patent the particular happysadness you feel when you emerge from seeing its films. The teary wonder at nature and humanity that comes …

Animation

The Verge Review of Animals: the slow loris

The Primate of the Flowers<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>The slow loris’s large, glossy eyes make it look a …

Game of Thrones

Continued destruction of Earth's plant life places humans in jeopardy

Unless humans slow the destruction of Earth's declining supply of plant life, civilization like it is now may become completely unsustainable, …

The Verge Review of Animals: the domestic cat

<i>This is the first column in a series, where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>Everyone knows cats are metal as hell.<p>Seriously: as obligate …

Peer-Reviewed