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Why the NRA Always Wins

It’s not the money. It’s the culture.<p>Your burning outrage about the Parkland school massacre is already starting to flicker. The special counsel’s indictments of the Russian hacker operation, and President Donald Trump’s dizzying response to them, is competing for your attention (“This is code red” …

Guns

If You Can't Pass This Simple 10 Second Test, Science Says You're 5 Times More Likely to Die Sooner

And don't worry if you can't pass it today. With a little time and effort, you will.<p>Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. No one wants their life to be cut unnecessarily short. But is it possible to predict whether you're at greater risk of mortality? According to a Brazilian physician, the …

Workouts

Meera Sodha’s potato and cabbage curry

A generations-old Gujarati recipe that’s a cheap and delicious curry to make at home in the 21st century<p>Today’s recipe is an ancient dish that my ancestors cooked over wooden fires in their village on the Kathiawar peninsula in Gujarat, western India. It’s also something I ate regularly when I got …

Spices

9 short stories from female British writers you need to read before you die

Short stories may not take as long as novels to put together, but that doesn't make them any easier to perfect.<p>Crafting a short story that really …

Books

These Log Cabin Kit Homes From Finland Are Surprisingly Sleek

Helsinki-based company Pluspuu offers 11 customizable models of modern log homes and sauna cabins that start at $18,000.<p>To avoid settling, the centermost lamellas of the spruce or pine logs are laid vertically.<p>Working with a non-settling log structures allows Pluspuu to incorporate advanced …

Design

I Just Made Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts, and I Might Never Order Takeout Again

Though I’ll eat pretty much any vegetable tossed in oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and roasted in a hot oven, adding a little something extra …

Recipes

This Stunning Home in Austria Sets a New Bar For Alpine Retreats

Horizontal larch cladding and a copper pitched roof lend textural detail to a contemporary farmhouse.<p>In Tschengla, a high plateau in the Western Austrian village of Bürserberg, a minimalist retreat allows a local couple to work in the lively town of Feldkirch and escape to the solitude of the …

Architecture

This Italian Village Is Selling Its Historic Homes for $1 (Video)

You read that price right.<p>An Italian village is selling some of its historic homes for only €1 — or about $1.20.<p>Ollolai, located in the region of …

Italy

The Devastating Paradox of Pakistan

How Afghanistan’s neighbor cultivated American dependency while subverting American policy<p>Two months after the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Vice President–elect Joe Biden sat with Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, in the Arg Palace, an 83-acre compound in Kabul that had become a gilded …

Joe Biden

Alan Alda Wants Us To Have Better Conversations

Fighting miscommunication might seem an ironic choice for an actor whose comedy career was built on all the funny consequences of people misunderstanding each other.<p>But Alan Alda has made it his mission to help scientists — and the rest of us — communicate better.<p>It all started when he was hosting …

Science

Class war in the American west: the rich landowners blocking access to public lands

Private landowners present a rising threat to the millions of acres set aside for public use by blocking access to public lands<p>The Diamond Bar X is a postcard-perfect slice of Montana solitude. A former cattle ranch that’s been parceled up into sprawling home sites, it sits not far outside Augusta, …

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Blockchain

If Retailers Want to Compete with Amazon, They Should Use Their Tax Savings to Raise Wages

Walmart announced today that it is raising its starting wages in the United States from $9 per hour to $11, giving employees one-time cash bonuses of as much as $1,000, and expanding maternity and parental leave benefits as a result of the recently enacted tax reform. It is part of Walmart’s …

7 Surprising Sources of Protein That Aren't Meat or Dairy

Bulk up your meals with these power plants<p>Most guys looking to gain love a juicy piece of chicken breast, and with good reason. Your body needs protein to build and maintain lean muscle. Plus, the essential macronutrient helps keep you full, regulate your hormones, and build strong bones.<p>Loading up …

Raised in Just 10 Days, This Airtight Prefab Is a Lesson in Efficiency

This stunning forest retreat in England uses prefabricated panels to minimize site impact, shorten construction time, and protect against weather.<p>Each panel of rigid insulation, lined on each side with timber skins, stretches the height of the full story and carries the building load. After all the …

Architecture

This 1960s High School Gym Class Would Ruin You

“The program, in sum, not only builds physical fitness, but good Americans.” That’s how <i>Look</i> magazine summarized the physical education program of La …

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