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2018 World Cup Predictions | FiveThirtyEight

Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings and chances of advancing for every team, updating live.<p>1 Select the first- and second-place finishers in each group …

Sports Analytics

Chapultepec, the Mexican Castle That Drove a Belgian Princess to Madness and an Austrian Archduke to the Firing Squad

A haphazard, rambling palace best described as resembling a riverboat-fortress, its place as a central part of Mexican history stretches from the …

That Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid? It Triggered Global Warming, Too

100,000 years of scorching temperatures may have followed the impact.<p>It took, at most, several seconds. An enormous hunk of rock, roughly the size of Manhattan, came whirling out of the vastness of space. It pierced Earth’s thin atmosphere, ignited as it fell, and slammed into the crust, opening a …

Climate Change

19 Books Successful People Read

Here's a pile of books recommended by high achievers.<p>It's all about efficiency: The most successful people are students who watch and learn from others who have already carved a path to the top. Here's a pile of books recommended by high achievers.<p>1. <i>The Power of One</i> by Bryce Courtenay<p>"[It's] a …

List-Worthy

How to Make Pozole, Perfectly

I arrived in Mexico City early on a Sunday morning and headed straight to Zona Rosa. My friend, Marco, was craving pozole. He wanted to take me to La …

Donald Trump, Dealbreaker

The president's America First policy is causing the U.S. to withdraw from the world.<p>Donald Trump styles himself a dealmaker, but so far in his presidency he hasn’t struck many deals on the international stage, besides a multibillion-dollar arms agreement with Saudi Arabia that might not be quite as …

Foreign Policy

How NAFTA Explains the Two Mexicos

The re-negotiation of the landmark trade deal will shape the country’s future.<p>On January 1, 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, a group of indigenous rebels in Mexico, seized public buildings in towns and cities across Chiapas, the country’s poorest, southernmost state. On that day, …

2017 NFL Predictions | FiveThirtyEight

For the regular season and playoffs, updated after every game.<p>Completed<p>Super Bowl<p>Sunday, Feb. 4<p>FINAL Eastern<p>Elo point spread<p>Win prob.<p>Score<p>Philadelphia<p>…

Analytics

Gravitational waves mark start of new era in space exploration

On Feb. 11, scientists announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space and time produced by the collision of two black …

A tour of Guantánamo Bay: ghostlike figures wait as a promise goes unfulfilled

A visit to the detention facility reveals a disquieting but almost tranquil scene, where tales of horror mix with glimpses of the mundane – and Barack Obama’s pledge faces doubts: ‘There’s not a hope in hell of closing it’<p>A man with grey beard, loose white T-shirt and sandals silently paces around …

What happened to the Jewish orphans who were brought to Britain in 1945?

The stories of the 732 orphans - of which only 80 were girls - who were taken in by the British government are now being recorded in 'Memory Quilts' at the Jewish Museum<p>Bela Rosenthal was three years old when she came to Britain in August 1945. She spoke no English and even her German was limited …

There’s a chance Zika could spread to every continent except Antarctica

Before the end of last year, the Zika virus was virtually unknown.<p>But when nearly 3,000 babies in Brazil were born with undersized heads last year, the Brazilian government connected the births to a surge of cases of Zika that occurred earlier that year. This condition, called microencephaly, can …

Public Health

What is the Doomsday Clock and why does it matter?

The Doomsday Clock has moved closer to midnight, from two-and-a-half minutes to two minutes. In announcing the decision, the Bulletin of the Atomic …

The 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016

Here are the books we can't wait to read in 2016! (Ranked in no particular order.)

The story behind David Bowie's stunning new album

<b>(Rolling Stone) —</b> One Sunday night in the spring of 2014, David Bowie walked into 55 Bar, a 96-year-old jazz joint tucked away on a quiet side street in New York's West Village.<p>A friend, jazz bandleader Maria Schneider, had suggested he check out the night's headliner, a quartet led by saxophonist …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Physics

Computer learns like a human and (sort of) beat the Turing Test

There is a fundamental difference between the way computers learn and the way humans learn. Humans can see one example and intuit what that object or …

Scott Weiland: The Lost Q&A

“I’m sick of talking about heroin and cocaine,” Scott Weiland told <i>Rolling Stone</i> in 2004. “I’m sick of talking about what it’s like to be in the back …

Concerts

The 6 Best Interview Questions Asked by Famous Execs (and the Worst)

You have an icon of entrepreneurship to charm. Are you ready for what he's going to ask?<p>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.<p>Interviewing people can be terribly dull.<p>It's a dance to which you hope both parties know the steps.<p>Sadly, …

Employment

How The Brain Tells Real From Fake: From Fine Art To Fine Wine

"If I'm allowed to have a favorite forger, which I know sounds a little bit funny, it would be Eric Hebborn, who's really the prince of art forgers," Noah Charney says. "He's the only one of over sixty that I look at in my book who I think is at the same level as the artists he forged."<p>This week on …

Best Trips 2016

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s Botswana's Okavango Delta or Brazil's beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing.

The New Yorker wants younger readers — but not enough to change itself

David Remnick describes his job like this: "to get <i>The New Yorker</i> from one shore to the other shore with our soul intact and...our clothes dry."<p>The …

Einstein’s First Proof

On November 26, 1949, Albert Einstein published an essay in the <b>Saturday Review of Literature</b> in which he described two pivotal moments in his childhood. The first involved a compass that his father showed him when he was four or five. Einstein recalled his sense of wonderment that the needle always …

10 Ways to Win the Thanksgiving Argument

Thanksgiving is the #1 time during the year when distant family members wind up in heated arguments. If you're going to engage, why not win?<p>I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Still, I understand that if there's anything worse a big argument at Thanksgiving dinner, it's <i>losing</i> a big argument at …

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