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Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Know

It was January 27, 1908, at the Columbia Theater in St. Louis and Harry Houdini was about to debut his first theatrical performance. The great master …

Cool Stuff

How Ultrasound Became Political

The technology has been used to create sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.<p><i>Editor’s note: This article has been significantly revised since original publication. Please see correction note below.*</i><p>One of the first measures that Republicans in the 115th Congress proposed was the …

Pregnancy

Scientists find 'oldest human ancestor'

<b>Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans - along with a vast range of other species.</b><p>They say that fossilised traces of the 540-million-year-old creature are "exquisitely well preserved".<p>The microscopic sea animal is the earliest known step on the evolutionary path that led …

Evolution

Loneliness actually hurts us on a cellular level

A scientist explains how the pain of loneliness makes us sick.<p>“Humans are social animals” is a phrase often repeated by psychologists to sum up why we’ve been such a successful species. Our ability to live, work, and cooperate in groups is <i>the</i> key to our survival.<p>But it comes with a tradeoff. …

'This Is Real Freedom of Speech': Young Cambodian Women Forge a New World Through Rap

On hot Phnom Penh afternoons, the rapper Jessica “Lisha” Srin finds her shade and solace within the darkness of recording studios. In the booth, …

Khmer Rouge

Girls feel less 'smart' than boys by age 6, research says

<b>(CNN) —</b> By the age of 6, girls already consider boys more likely to show brilliance and more suited to "really, really smart" activities than their own gender, according to a new study.<p>The US-based researchers found that at the age of 5, girls viewed themselves as being just as capable as their …

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The surgeon giving his patients VR instead of sedatives

In Mexico’s most violent state, a surgeon is using virtual reality to relieve the pain and stress of operations when sedatives are not possible. Jo Marchant watched him as he works.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-oldalways wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers …

Chemotherapy

Why Local News Anchors All Have the Same Look

The faces on your TV may have been surgically altered for a distraction-free experience.<p>Mark* was a sophomore in college, interning at a popular local television station in a medium-sized city in the South, when his boss told him to consider plastic surgery.<p>“One of the first things he said was ‘Oh, …

Study reveals which moves can take you from disco disaster to dancing queen

Hip-swings, leg moves, arm waggles and staying on the beat are the best moves for women who want to be admired on the dance floor, say psychologists<p>Disco divas looking to tear up the dance floor should ditch the soft sway and plump for the hip-swing, leg moves and an arm waggle or two – according …

Photographing as a Need

When I first saw Ed van der Elsken’s book “Love on the Left Bank,” I realized I had just met my predecessor. My real predecessor. The feeling was similar to that of meeting a lover, or of finding a brother. Earlier, when I discovered art photography, at the age of nineteen, the artists who really …

The Darkest Town In America

GERLACH, Nev. — Here in the desert, the Earth boils and stars fill the sky. By day, you can see plumes of geothermal steam rising in every direction, …

13 Cocktails That Start With a Can of LaCroix

Cracking open a can of LaCroix is a good idea any time of day, but especially during happy hour. If you've never thought about making quick cocktails with LaCroix, you're about to have a satisfying moment of realization as you see these 13 creative cocktail recipes anyone can re-create, plus a …

America the Stuck

The Census reports that a record-low share of Americans are moving. A recent paper suggests government policies might be curbing mobility.<p>Our ability to move to opportunity—our mobility—is a key factor in our own and our nation’s economic success. But the mobility of Americans has reached record …

5 reasons to create and share lists in Google Maps

Here's why saving and sharing lists in Maps can come in handy.<p>For a while now, you've been able to save places of interest (like your favorite restaurants, bars and attractions you visited or want to visit) inside the Google Maps app. But because every address was filed under a master list simply …

The Agony and the Angst: An Oral History of My So-Called Life

For teenagers in the mid-'90s, nothing else on TV so honestly captured the all-consuming euphoria of first love, the deep pain of a best-friend breakup, or the daily identity shifts that defined teenage existence as <i>My So-Called Life</i>. The hour-long series about the teenage travails of 16-year-old …

40% of foreign students in the US have no close friends on campus: The culture shock of loneliness

Foreign students are flocking to the higher education system in the US. A recent study found that in 2011-2012, the number of international students in the US increased by 6.5% over the last year to a record high of 764,495 students. Of these, 56% came from only five countries: China, India, South …

Students

You're never alone at the Museum of Broken Relationships

<b>After a relationship ends, even the most mundane objects can become painful reminders. One museum in Los Angeles puts them on display.</b><p>When you're heartbroken, everything reminds you of the person who's no longer there. So do you burn your love letters? Throw away your wedding dress after a divorce? …

How I Set Aside Two Days Each Week To Work On Just One Thing

You already know about time “batching,” but when those batch periods slide all over your schedule, they aren’t much good to you.<p>My company recently surveyed more than 350 U.S. business owners on the biggest time-wasters in their workdays. The results weren’t much of a shock, with email coming up on …

Meet the Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News and Corrupted the US Election

Inside the Macedonian<p>Fake-News Complex<p>Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex<p>by Samanth Subramanian | photographs by Guy Martin 2.15.17<p>The first …

Journalism

Meet the 10 Breakout Models of New York Fashion Week

At New York Fashion Week this season, there were the usual suspects, of course: Gigi, Bella, and Kendall all made appearances on the runway. But there were also set of fresh, new faces who caught our attention. Here, a guide to the top 10 breakout models of the week.

You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food

The majority of Americans have no clear idea what “sell by” labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.<p>On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest …

Agriculture

W.E.B. Du Bois Was A Master Of The Hand-Drawn Infographic

The activist, historian, and prolific author was also a skilled designer of infographics depicting black life post-Civil War.<p>The prominent civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois was also a historian and sociologist—a background that led him to a firm belief in the revolutionary power of empirical …

The On-the-Rise Scandinavian Designers You Should Know

AD highlights the best emerging talents from Stockholm Design Week<p>Convincing thousands of people to fly to Sweden in the middle of winter is no small task. But great design has proven a serious draw. This year the 66th edition of Stockholm Design Week (February 6–12), which centers on the Stockholm …

How The EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success

The Environmental Protection Agency has a pretty simple mission in principle: to protect human health and the environment. It's a popular purpose too. Nearly three out of four U.S. adults believe the country "should do whatever it takes to protect the environment," according to a 2016 survey by the …

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