Bruno Santos

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The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson’s biography portrays a man obsessed with knowledge and almost impossible to know.<p>In Renaissance Florence, a number of designated boxes placed throughout the city allowed citizens to make anonymous denunciations of various moral crimes—in 1461, for example, the artist-monk Filippo …

Chris Rock in a Hard Place: On Infidelity, His New Tour and Starting Over

After a bitter divorce, and frustrated with Hollywood, Chris Rock wondered if he could still kill – so he’s spending a year on the road finding</b> …

Comedy

Going It Alone

It's the spring of 2016, and I’m ten miles south of Damascus, Virginia, where an annual celebration called Trail Days has just wrapped up. Last night, temperatures plummeted into the thirties. Today, long-distance Appalachian Trail hikers who’d slept in hammocks and mailed their underquilts home …

Hiking

Who are the new jihadis?

Biographies of ‘homegrown’ European terrorists show they are violent nihilists who adopt Islam, rather than religious fundamentalists who turn to violence<p>There is something new about the jihadi terrorist violence of the past two decades. Both terrorism and jihad have existed for many years, and …

Special Feature: The Runner’s High | Runner's World

The author, shown above in Moscow in 1984, was often inebriated as a teen. / Photograph courtesy of Caleb Daniloff; above photo collage by Runner’s World/Getty Images<p>I first got drunk at 12 years old.<p>Young perhaps, but it was Soviet Moscow, where my dad was stationed as an American journalist in …

Your phone's motion sensors can give away PINs and passwords

You could be the most careful mobile user ever, but hackers can still steal your PINs and passwords simply by spying on your phone's motion sensors. A team of cyber researchers from the UK's Newcastle University have demonstrated how easy it is to steal a four-digit PIN by analyzing the way your …

On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers

They pick up the dead and wounded from burning buildings, terrorist attacks and gun battles. And they get paid £1 a day<p>The impact of the explosion sent Muhammad Safdar flying backwards. He looked up from where he had landed and saw that the windows of his parked ambulance had shattered. As he tried …

A transformative practice in Mongolia is helping people die with grace and dignity

What comes to mind when you think of Mongolia? My answer, probably like many people’s, was vast empty space, those signature round white tents (which Mongolians call <i>gers</i>, not ‘yurts’ – a word brought in during the country’s period under Russian and Soviet influence) and Genghis Khan.<p>One thing you …

Genghis Khan

SpaceX Goes Head to Head With Boeing and Lockheed -- and Crushes the Competition

Six months ago, David met Goliath. Six months later, Goliath is getting carried away on his shield.<p>This contest began last August, with tiny SpaceX going up against United Launch Alliance (ULA), the giant space venture jointly operated by <b>Boeing</b> (NYSE: BA) and <b>Lockheed Martin</b> (NYSE: LMT), in a …

Space Travel

Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives

Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can …

Nanotech

Boeing and SpaceX Aren't Going Anywhere Without Biotechnology

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Elon Musk has captured our imaginations by releasing plans to put humans on Mars by 2022 and establish a colony of 1 million individuals as soon as the 2060's. SpaceX seems to have worked out a lot of the logistics: fleets of up to one thousand spacecraft in Earth orbit, …

Space Travel

Five big questions from Trump’s tax-return revelations

The wonky world of tax law experts was buzzing this weekend after Saturday’s revelation that Donald Trump may not have paid federal income taxes for as long as 18 years after reporting a $916 million loss in 1995.<p>The fraction of tax information from Trump’s long career as a real-estate developer …

Finance

Inside the brutal but bizarrely bureaucratic world of the Islamic State in Libya

SIRTE, Libya — When the Islamic State’s religious police arrived at his door, Ahmooda Abu Amood feared he would never see his family again.<p>The two militants drove up in a beige sport-utility vehicle, Abu Amood said, the kind used to transport anyone who broke the rules to an office to pay a fine, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?

On a 650-mile trek, two adventurers faced danger and hardship—and saw how development could spoil an American icon.<p>“If you break loose here, you can’t stop. You’re going into the abyss,” barks Rich Rudow. Normally he is unflappable, but as he knows too well, this is no place to let down one’s …

National Parks

4 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits …

Time Management

Big data’s humble beginnings

Clicks. Once upon a time they were the most powerful tool in assessing online ad performance. A humble beginning, but much has changed. The data-driven measurement and predictive analytics technologies that launched adtech and expanded to marketing are now being applied to nearly everything — and …

The doctor who beat big tobacco

When Dr Bronwyn King discovered her pension fund was investing in the cigarette companies that were killing her cancer patients, she was staggered. And she knew she had to act<p>On Good Friday this year, Dr Bronwyn King and her husband were staying with her parents in the quiet coastal town of Torquay …

Richard Di Natale

Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook’s Apple

iPhone sales have slumped, stock is down, and pundits insist Apple is a tech laggard. But the company may be stronger than ever.<p>Eddy Cue doesn’t look like a man in the midst of his toughest year in decades. Sporting an untucked apricot camp shirt and blue jeans over camouflage socks and a pair of …

Muslim women were once forbidden from sport. A new generation now chases Olympic glory.

DUBAI — In a coffeehouse with the world’s tallest building preening from two miles out the front window, here sits another groundbreaker: a 26-year-old, female, Emirati, Arab, Muslim, competitive weightlifter with a vitality in her tone, a hijab on her head and a herniated disk hollering from her …

Women's Sports

The Shadow Doctors

The underground race to spread medical knowledge as the Syrian regime erases it.<p>On a recent Tuesday evening in London, the surgeon David Nott attended a dinner at Bluebird, an upscale Chelsea restaurant. The room was packed with doctors, renowned specialists who had come for the annual consultants’ …

Middle East

16 movies that changed our lives

A great movie has images that stick in your mind long after you've seen them. They have unforgettable characters and tell moving stories. And they can even change your life.<p>We asked the staff at INSIDER, Business Insider, and Tech Insider to tell us the one movie that changed their lives.<p>For some …

Michael B. Jordan

Read the Google CEO's New Letter on the Company's Future

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin typically write a public letter every year to reflect on the company’s accomplishments and goals. This …

Become a Data Scientist in 3 months at Galvanize

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Data Science

Sylvester Stallone: five best moments

The veteran actor has just won a Golden Globe for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in spin-off Creed, but what have been his other notable career highs?<p>When a seventh Rocky film was announced, the news was met with collective apathy. But with Creed, Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler has …

Netflix’s orgy bonanza: “Marco Polo” gives a lesson in how not to write about other cultures

Bogged down by the idea of prestige TV, it flouts historical accuracy in favor of threesomes in the Khan’s harem<p>Netflix’s new original series “Marco Polo” is stunning, on multiple levels. The production values are breathtaking; the show reportedly had a budget of a whopping $90 million, which is …

The Best Streaming Netflix TV Shows

The best streaming Netflix TV shows include some great television dramas, sci-fi/adventure shows, sitcoms, and reality TV programs. From original …