James Flood

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The Last Samurai In Rare Photos From 1800s

The Meiji Restoration of 1868 took power from the warlords that had been the de facto rulers of Japan and consolidated it under the Emperor Meiji. …

This Is What Work Would Be Like If Gender Roles Were Swapped

We live in a world where women are treated as equals in all professional settings. They're never spoken over in meetings or left out of boys club bro time at the office, and their ideas are certainly never devalued because of their gender.<p>LOL, JK. But wouldn't it be cool if that was the case? A new …

Maybe You Don’t Know What Love Is

We sit silently. My friend stares deeply into her empty glass, occasionally shuffling the ice around with her straw. “Wow,” she says. I sit and wait …

Relationships

How a Breakup Changed my Life.

I lived the first 29 years of my life closed off.<p>And when I say closed off, I mean really closed off. In short—I endured many traumatic events …

What Are Gravitational Waves, and Why Should You Care?

<b>The short answer:</b><p>Gravitational waves are an important prediction of Einstein's general theory of relativity, published a century ago. Because this theory changed the way we understand the nature of space, time, and gravity, it also fundamentally changed our perception of how we fit into the …

The Most Powerful Space Telescope Ever

Inside a <b>​</b>nondescript building at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, NASA engineers are assembling the most powerful space telescope ever created. Once completed, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest space observatory in the known universe, <b>​</b>with<b>​</b> 100 times the …

Telescopes

Dear Coleen: I have become no more than a carer for my gay wife

I have been with my girlfriend for 33 years. We met in 1983, got engaged in 1985 and had a great relationship for about three years. Then things …

How to be human: how much should I sacrifice to make a relationship work?

<i>Leah Reich</i> <i>was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "</i><i>Ask Leah</i><i>" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at askleah@theverge.com and</i> …

Hitler’s world may not be so far away

Misunderstanding the Holocaust has made us too certain we are ethically superior to the Europeans of the 1940s. Faced with a new catastrophe – such as devastating climate change – could we become mass killers again?<p><b>It was 20 years after I chose to become a historian</b> that I first saw a photograph of …