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How Zika Breaks Into the Brain

The virus may rely on particular receptors to infect neural stem cells—but scientists still have more questions than answers.<p>When Brazil’s alarming spike in newborns with brain damage was linked to an obscure virus last year, Arnold Kriegstein began to do some reading. Kriegstein, a neurobiologist …

The ISIS Correspondent: How the Times’ Rukmini Callimachi Learned to Cover Her Devastating Beat

From the time ISIS rose to become the most infamous terrorist organization on Earth, no reporter has done more to explain and expose the group than</i> …

Michelle versus Melania: Who said it?

Melania Trump has stayed relatively quiet over the course of her husband's campaign. But her speech at the Republican National Convention last night has suddenly landed her in hot water, as she has been accused of lifting an entire chunk from a previous speech by none other than the First …

15 innovations pushing human performance to the limit

1. Taekwondo Sensors That Beat Human Judges<p>During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, referees missed a high kick by British athlete Sarah Stevenson that …

How To Fix Flying

Air travelers love nothing more than to complain about their latest flight. But modern aviation is an incredible technological achievement, and it doesn't have to be so miserable. Here's how you'll love flying again.<p>1<p>Out of Air Traffic Control<p>by Chris Clarke<p>On the morning of March 27, 2010, United …

Air Traffic

The Comic-Con TV Shows We’re Most Excited About

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A scientific guide to navigating the world of gendered toys without screwing up your kid

Developmental psychologists and parents worry about toys because toys matter.<p>“They are how children learn about themselves and the world around them,” said Christina Spears Brown, author of <i>Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes</i>.<p>Every toy teaches something: …

‘I Was an ISIS Jihadist—Until They Arrested and Tortured Me’

Abu Omar says he didn’t give a damn about the apocalypse, or learning the ways of “true” Islam, or joining a world-historical movement. It was 2013 …

Middle East

The 9 Biggest Myths About Creativity You Should Never Believe

Here are nine things you were told about innovation and creativity. None of them are true--here's what the reality is.<p>The following beliefs are held firmly throughout corporate America, and I hear them all the time. They simply make sense to people, but they are not true. Here is why.<p>1. Innovation …

Nice Awakes to a Changed City on Morning After Attack

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Inside the Eiffel Tower apartment

The Eiffel Tower welcomes seven million visitors a year, but none of them have been able to spend the night snoozing under its iron latticework - until now.<p>An unused conference room on the first level of the tower has been transformed into a designer apartment, 188ft above ground level.<p>It was …

The history of the rainbow flag

After the tragic events in Orlando, one image has symbolised solidarity. Kelly Grovier looks at an emblem “torn from the soul of the people”.<p>Suddenly, they are everywhere: stretched across balconies, flapping from car antennas, and pinned to coat lapels the world over in a moving display of …

San Francisco

She overcame blindness to thrive at Google

When Jyotsna Kaki got a call from Google, she was stunned. She had never applied for a job with the tech giant.<p>"I thought that getting into Google was impossible for me," said Kaki, 33, who is blind.<p>But it wasn't, thanks to her brother who passed her resume to a friend at Google.<p>At the time, Google …

Disability

Coral Reefs Doing Better Than Expected in Many Areas

A new study found "bright spots" where corals are thriving, despite global bleaching events.<p>Despite the unprecedented extent of coral bleaching around the world, a major new study has also found"bright spots" where corals are doing significantly better than anyone expected. And the reason for the …

RANKED: Every Pixar movie from worst to best

Yes, Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation had their time, but for over 20 years, Lasseter's Pixar has consistently put out box-office hits (the company has earned close to $10 billion worldwide) and created stories that affect us on an emotional level that we can't wait to experience again …

Box Office

We’ve been expecting you, Ms Bond: why fiction needs more female spies

The idea of Gillian Anderson as 007 has caused controversy. But spy fiction is such a rich and inventive genre, isn’t it time to give women a more central role?<p>It is a playful and memorable image: a charismatic actor, Gillian Anderson, splashed above the iconic logo of 007. But I was surprised by …

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

<i>Editor's note: This longform journalism project chronicles a soldier-scientist's quest to figure out how battlefield explosions injure brains. It was first published on Shots in June, and is running on NPR's Morning Edition on July 25 and Aug. 1. The project includes a second story on how the U.S.</i> …

Why Didn’t the FBI Stop Omar Mateen?

The face of terrorism is changing. And critics say the bureau has been too slow to catch on.<p>If Omar Mateen was a disciple of “radical Islam,” as Donald Trump angrily described him, and “one of the soldiers of the caliphate,” as the Islamic State approvingly deemed him, he wasn’t a very impressive …

Terrorism

How Mark Zuckerberg Led Facebook’s War to Crush Google Plus

In Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg built not just a business, but a company culture with the fervor of a messianic sect. So, in June 2011, when Google launched Google Plus, Zuckerberg put his company into lockdown. In an adaption from his new book on Silicon Valley, former Facebook employee Antonio …

7 Super-Useful Apps for Last-Minute Trips

You’ve spent all week looking at #vanlife pictures at work and now you simply have to get out of town. The beach would be great, but you’ll take the mountains. Or the city. Really, anywhere but here. It’s time to let that tiny computer in your pocket do the work for you. In recent years, …

The 50 coolest races you can run this year

Your gym could have a wall of TVs facing the treadmills and your morning runs might be soundtracked by seriously motivating tunes, but there’s …

8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity

To live a creative life, you must be able to destroy your habits that are killing your creativity.<p>If you think some people are born creative and you're not one of them, think again.<p>What makes some people more creative than others is that they nurture their creativity. In fact, experts say that …

The Outsized Life of Muhammad Ali

What a loss to suffer, even if for years you knew it was coming. Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, in Phoenix, at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no …

When Sensory Marketing Works and When it Backfires

If you’ve ever picked up a product and took note of how it feels in your hand, you understand the power of sensory marketing. Manufacturers understand it too, which is why tactile information like the famous contour of a Coca-Cola bottle or the textured burlap packaging of Marfa brand soaps are …

Muhammad Ali, My Father and Me

The photograph might be mistaken for a Norman Rockwell print: a fighter kitted out in safari gear and boxing gloves landing the gentlest of blows on the head of a small girl in a flared blue skirt, a cherry-red turtleneck and a pair of exceptionally cool little sneakers worn with neither socks nor …

Misery Tourists: How the Wealthy Learn What It's Like to Be Poor

Tiela Chalmers, an accomplished lawyer, went to her first “poverty simulation” workshop kit when she was working for a group that helped domestic …

To Increase Well-Being, Train Your Brain

All of us grapple with the tendency to become "stuck in our ways." But it's encouraging to remember that well-being is more than a state or a condition that you have or do not have. It's actually a skill that can be acquired.<p><i>by Mimi O' Connor</i><p>The tired clichᅢᄅ that claims, "You can't teach an old …

Self-awareness

Detained and interrogated for 10 hours in North Korea

<b>The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was last week expelled from North Korea and forced to apologise for his reporting. He was held incommunicado for 10 hours and interrogated. Here he gives his first account of what happened.</b><p>After a week in North Korea I was more than ready to go home. The trip, to …