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60 Times Madonna Changed Our Culture

Power. Innovation. Identity. Madonna has blended all of these and much more into a singular career in music, fashion, movies and beyond. For her 60th birthday, we assessed her broad and deep influence.

Music

Summer Essentials: 20 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Beach Reads

This is the irreverent, absurdist sci-fi comedy against which all others inevitably fall short. If you’ve yet to experience the intergalactic …

Books

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.<p>Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.<p>It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in …

Immigration

When the Menu Says ‘Organic,’ but All the Food Isn’t

About four years ago, Gil Rosenberg started eating at Bareburger, an international restaurant chain, after undergoing surgery that left him prone to infection and more inclined to eat organic meat. And the sign outside the Bareburger in Astoria, Queens, where he first ate prominently displayed the …

Agriculture

To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, which suggests that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain.<p>Going …

The Brain

The Mopeds Are Coming

Shared, electric motor scooters are racing to catch up with Bird, Lime, and other kick-scooter brands, as tech companies attempt to reinvent urban mobility. But can these vehicles ever find a place in America?<p>When King Carlos III commissioned the Puerta de Alcalá in the 1770s, the city of Madrid …

Urban Design

The complex art of apology in Japan

Roughly translated as an apologetic ‘excuse me’, ‘sumimasen’ rings out of doorways, taxis, shops and restaurants, leaving ‘arigatou’ (thank you) by the wayside.<p>It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and …

Japan

Finding new music in the algorithm age

Six people working in the music world tell us how they do it.<p>Personalized recommendations, sponsored playlists, and the dominance of streaming …

New Music

Snapchat photo filters linked to rise in cosmetic surgery requests

Plastic surgeons are reporting that patients are coming to them with selfies of themselves edited using the filters on Snapchat or Instagram and asking to look more like the retouched photo.<p>Researchers at the Boston medical center have authored an article in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, …

Social Media

10 reasons Americans go to church -- and 9 reasons they don't

<b>(CNN) —</b> If American religion were traded at a stock exchange, your broker might be advising you to sell. The trend lines don't look great and haven't for quite some time.<p>Social scientists and religious leaders have lots of theories about the long, slow slide, blaming it on everything from the …

El Salvador

Obesity in America 2018: 7 charts that explain why it’s so easy to gain weight - Vox

“In America, the unhealthiest foods are the tastiest foods, the cheapest foods, the largest-portion foods.”<p>It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even larger …

Nutrition

Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics.<p>The surgeon is a showman. Scrubbed in and surrounded by his surgical team, a lavalier mike …

Genetics

Stretching after exercise isn’t actually doing what you think it’s doing

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value—or lack thereof—of muscle stretching to accelerate recovery after exercise. “Stretching clears out your lactic acid,” and other similar claims abound. Is any of this true?<p>Sort of.<p>First, it is important to understand the difference between …

Exercise

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

<b>The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people</b> <b>but it</b> <b>is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 20</b><b>5</b><b>0, say researchers. Is it too late?</b><p>It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and …

Asia

Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America

We lasted three years and three days after Dollar General opened. Sales dropped and just kept dropping Doug Nech<p>When Dollar General came to Haven, Kansas, it arrived making demands. The fastest-growing retailer in America wanted the taxpayers of the small, struggling Kansas town to pick up part of …

Dollar General

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit

My back hurts when I sit down.<p>It's been going on for 10 years. It really doesn't matter where I am — at work, at a restaurant, even on our couch at home. My lower back screams, "Stop sitting!"<p>To try to reduce the pain, I bought a kneeling chair at work. Then I got a standing desk. Then I went back …

Pain

Steven Mnuchin Is Still Standing

If you want to understand U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, you have to know why he sometimes avoids Pebble Beach. The spot on the North …

Donald Trump

Meet Peru's First Women Porters

TravelWomen of Impact<p>These trailblazing Peruvians are breaking the glass mountain as the first and only women to work as official porters on the Inca Trail.<p>The Andes Mountains are breathtaking: the iconic history, the rugged alpine vistas, the air thinner than a whisper. It’s a landscape that …

South America

A Guide to the Evangelical Celebrities and Pastors Dominating Hollywood

When <b>Justin Bieber</b>, the 24-year-old oft-troubled pop star, announced his engagement to <b>Hailey Baldwin</b>, the 21-year-old model daughter of <b>Stephen …

Kylie Jenner

Hypnotic Music Ages This Wine to Perfection

Travel<p>Scientific studies suggest that soft tunes make better tasting vino–and Chile's vineyards are taking note.<p>Nestled at the bottom of the rolling hills and green vineyards of Chile’s Colchagua Valley sits a winery where the vino ages to the hypnotic sound of Gregorian chants. Known for its …

National Parks

Trump blows up GOP's formula for winning House races

A POLITICO analysis of the vote breakdown in Ohio's special election shows that the party's suburban problem might be even deeper than feared.<p>The vote breakdown in Ohio’s special election this week amplified a trend that's been building in the suburbs during the Trump era — and illustrated how the …

Elections

'The President Is Starting to Sweat': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Bursts Out Laughing at Giuliani's Damning Comments About Trump

Rudy Giuliani has a tendency to make things worse for the president.MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace burst into laughter Thursday afternoon while watching a …

Donald Trump

The psychological effects of a heatwave

This has been a summer to remember, not least because of the unusual and prolonged spells of heat and sunshine. But aside from the physical changes of tanned skin or freckles, how does unusually hot weather affect us mentally?<p>VM Sharma and colleagues at AIMIL Geotechnical Consultancy in New Delhi …

Siblings

The booming business of luxury chicken diapers

It’s Instagram’s fault.<p>Julie Baker never intended to become a figurehead of the luxury chicken-diaper industry. Before she launched her brand …

Chickens

Kathleen Turner on Trump’s “Gross” Handshake and the Co-Star She Slapped

When Kathleen Turner, standing in the Vulturereception area, introduces herself in her singular throaty rasp, the effect is almost comic — who <i>else</i> …

Warren Beatty

Cracking the Secrets of Old Faithful's Geyser Eggs

Science & InnovationYellowstone Live<p>Researchers get their first look at a geological 'gobstopper' from Yellowstone, which may hold clues about its iconic geyser's past and future.<p>The animal kingdom brims with egg-laying creatures—chicken, goldfish, toads, and more. But one thing you might not …

Geology

Johnny Mathis, the voice of the ’50s, was always ahead of his time. Now he’s ready to talk about it.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Johnny Mathis, master of the velvet vibrato, exercises with a personal trainer at 5:30 in the blasted morning every weekday that he’s not on perpetual tour of America’s midsize cities and casinos.<p>“Everything counts when you’re onstage,” he says, perched on a stationary bike …

Music

How Dare You Call Me a Snollygoster, You Pillock : Saltimbanco

Photo: via Budweiser<p><b>Definition</b> - a very stupid or foolish person<p>Pillock (which has also on occasion been spelled pilloch, pillok, and pillick) is one …

Language

'I Hope You Get Raped and Killed': MSNBC's Katy Tur Details the Vicious Threats She Receives Because of Trump

Click here for reuse options! "Either the president doesn't get the problem, or he doesn't care."MSNBC's Katy Tur on Friday shared the details of …

Donald Trump

Do men have it easier? For these transgender guys, the truth is more complex

In the 1990s, the late Stanford neuroscientist Ben Barres transitioned from female to male. He was in his 40s, mid-career, and afterward he marveled at the stark changes in his professional life. Now that society saw him as male, his ideas were taken more seriously. He was able to complete a whole …

San Francisco