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El Chapo's twin daughters had a decadent Barbie-themed birthday. Mexicans aren't happy about it

It was a Barbie-themed birthday party most kids could only dream about, with carnival rides, hundreds of pink balloons and a theater-worthy set featuring gold chandeliers and a rosé-colored throne.<p>The guests of honor were the 7-year-old twin daughters of the world’s most notorious drug lord, …

Sinaloa

Surreal Photos of Life in a Mystical 'Moonland'

Travel<p>This photographer documents the many contrasts in the remote region of Ladakh, India.<p>Travel<p>In a far-flung corner of northern India, the region of Ladakh envelops a mystical “Moonland” of barren alpine desert, where Tibetan Buddhist monasteries hide among some of the world’s most impressive …

Ladakh

9 Apps to Try if You Want to Learn Something New Every Day

Sure, smartphones and smartphone apps can waste our time and bring out the worst in people, but they can most definitely also be a force for good: …

Apps

Vicious Rumors Spread Like Wildfire On WhatsApp — And Destroyed A Village

<b>Hours after a mob of villagers</b> beat five strangers to death over a rumor on WhatsApp, nobody wanted to clean up the blood: There was just too much of …

Long-form Journalism

Trump’s border wall threatens to end Texas family’s 250 years of ranching on Rio Grande

MADERO, Tex. —<p>The most recent government letter arrived in an envelope marked “Urgent: Action Required,” so Fred Cavazos asked his family to meet at their usual gathering spot on the Rio Grande. He and three of his relatives crowded around an outdoor table as Fred, 69, opened the envelope and …

Immigration

Nation Stunned That There Is Someone in White House Capable of Writing an Editorial

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans were startled by the revelation on Wednesday afternoon that there was someone working in the Trump White House capable of writing an entire editorial, reports indicate.<p>In a nation already rocked by a series of bombshells since Labor Day, the …

The White House

The real Goldfinger: the London banker who broke the world

Every January, to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oxfam tells us how much richer the world’s richest people have got. In 2016, their report showed that the wealthiest 62 individuals owned the same amount as the bottom half of the world’s population. This year, that number had …

What the Heck Happened on the International Space Station?

The puzzling story of a mysterious malfunction 250 miles above Earth<p>A story emerged this week involving a surprising leak, a Russian investigation, and suggestions of sabotage, but it wasn’t set in Washington.<p>The story unfolded about 250 miles above Earth, where a mysterious hole was discovered …

Space

A Poetic Look Inside the World of Wildlife Conservation

AnimalsPicture Stories<p>Photographer David Chancellor captures how humans and wildlife rely on each other to survive.<p>AnimalsPicture Stories<p>Across Africa, growing populations and lingering poverty have intensified the battle between people and animals, who live on the same land and depend on the same …

Wildlife

Russia Is Co-opting Angry Young Men

Fight clubs, neo-Nazi soccer hooligans, and motorcycle gangs serve as conduits for the Kremlin’s influence operations in Western countries.<p>Deep in the forests of Slovakia, former Russian Spetsnaz commandos trained young men from a right-wing paramilitary group called the Slovak Conscripts. …

Russia

What Kindness Means to Death Row Inmates Like Me

Human beings insist on being social creatures, no matter how much you indoctrinate or denigrate them.<p><i>This article was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project. Sign up for their newsletter.</i><p>All of us condemned inmates were hurt when Chaplain Chestnut left the prison to pursue other …

Death Row

What Does a Chinese Superpower Look Like? Nothing Like the U.S.

What struck Wang Wen about Antarctica, beyond the brutality of the December cold, was the scale of U.S. operations in such an inhospitable …

IMF

These are the best movies of the 2000s

As the film world prepares to leave the childish things of summer behind and welcome the more serious, artistically ambitious movies of festival and awards season, it’s an opportune moment to consider the Canon: that list of revered films that helped form cinematic language, broke it open, captured …

Mary J. Blige

The Revolution That Rewrote Life’s History

Your high-school biology book needs an update.<p>Biologists have argued for a long time, long before molecular phylogenetics began complicating matters, about how to define <i>species.</i> The concept dates back to at least Carl Linnaeus, who during the 18th century defined a species in his system of binomial …

Evolution

This Man Spent 30 Years Solving A Rare Bird’s Murder Mystery

Environment<p>The Attwater prairie chicken has been on the verge of extinction for decades. Now it has one more chance.<p>The first time Mike Morrow met the Attwater prairie chicken in the wild, it was the middle of the night. It was 1983 and he was a young graduate student at Texas A&M, helping another …

Birds

What Breakfast Looks Like Around the World

Breakfast is complicated.<p>On weekdays, when you hit snooze and grab a cup of coffee on your way out the door, breakfast might just be an afterthought. …

Breakfast

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind.<p>The headquarters of A.P. …

Long-form Journalism

Taipei 101: Exploring one of the tallest buildings in the world

For six years it was the tallest building in the world, and today it stands as an iconic symbol of Taiwan. Not only is it known for its unique design and incredible New Year's Eve fireworks display, the tower is also the world's largest LEED-certified Platinum building -- that's the highest level …

Skyscrapers

The World's Best Lake Resorts

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>Soak up these water-lapped retreats for birders, anglers, and absinthe-sippers.<p>Oceans crash and rivers run wild, but lakes somehow, even when they bluster, evoke a sense of serenity. In northern climes synonymous with summer, lakes combine wonder (cold or warm? deep or …

National Parks

The 5 kinds of sci-fi space travel, ranked by realism

<i>This post is part of Science of Sci-Fi, Mashable's ongoing series dissecting the science (or lack of science) in our favorite sci-fi movies, TV</i> …

Germany Has Proven the Modern Automobile Must Die

<i>This story originally appeared on The New Republic and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Germany was supposed to be a model for solving …

Beer, Drinking Water And Fish: Tiny Plastic Is Everywhere

Plastic trash is littering the land and fouling rivers and oceans. But what we can see is only a small fraction of what's out there.<p>Since modern plastic was first mass-produced, 8 billion tons have been manufactured. And when it's thrown away, it doesn't just disappear. Much of it crumbles into …

Particles

The year was 1966, and the Princeton boys never knew what hit them:

The year was 1966, and the Princeton boys never knew what hit them.

Crossing Mexico

(Guillermo Arias / Ronaldo Schemidt / Ulises Ruiz / AFP/Getty Images)<p>Beginning with first image: A Mexican migrant shows his most valuable item, an …

Trump and Mexico Need Each Other

From immigration to trade, the interests of the U.S. are broadly congruent with the agenda of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.<p>It is no secret that Donald Trump began his presidential campaign with a series of calumnies directed at Mexico, which he painted as a wily enemy, and its émigrés, whom he …

Economics

See Inside Italy's Ghost Villages

Travel<p>Italy’s abandoned houses are believed to number in the thousands.<p>A lonely minaret juts into the air above the remnants of a once-luxurious shopping center in a northern Italian town built by an eccentric developer as the “City of Toys.”<p>The town of Consonno, once a sleepy farming village about …

Writers Have Always Loved Mobile Devices

Writing boxes, popular from the 17th century, provided the same pleasure as today’s laptops and custom word processors: to make the experience of writing pleasurable, whether any actual writing gets done. An Object Lesson.<p>Writing is a mobile art. People do it on laptops, tablets, and phones. They …

Mobile Devices

Science shows that luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy

You’re so lucky! How do I know? Because, to name just a few factors, you’re literate, can access the internet, and have great taste (you’re reading this story, after all). And social scientists would advise against you arguing otherwise—because how lucky we feel influences our future fortunes.<p>That …

Psychology

The rare blue the Maya invented

The colour survives in the work of 17th Century Spanish colonial painters, a symbol of the wealth that ultimately doomed the Maya, writes Devon Van Houten Maldonado.<p>In 17th Century Europe, when Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens painted their famous masterworks, ultramarine …

Murals

Despite summer heat, Brussels' flower carpet emblazons city center

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian flower growers bested the summer's blistering heat to lay out 500,000 blossoms on the central square of Brussels, in this year's edition of the world famous flower carpet.<p>As Europe endured one of its hottest summers on record, organizers worried that the heat would …