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The 'Genome Hacker' Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person Family Tree

Huge crowdsourced genealogy databases are inspiring new genetics research.<p>Yaniv Erlich has been a white-hat hacker and a geneticist at Columbia University, and now he works for a genealogy company.<p>This unusual career trajectory has led, most recently, to a 13-million-person family tree unveiled …

Genealogy

Burning Out: What Really Happens Inside a Crematorium

Four decades ago, less than 5 percent of Americans were cremated. Now that figure stands at nearly 50 percent. This is how cremation actually works, and the story of what happens to a culture when its attitudes about memorializing the dead undergo a revolution.<p>Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, New …

Los Angeles

Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

No one expected the four young women to live much longer. They had an extremely rare, aggressive and fatal form of ovarian cancer. There was no standard treatment.<p>The women, strangers to one another living in different countries, asked their doctors to try new immunotherapy drugs that had …

Cancer

‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails

Anaesthesia remains a mysterious and inexact science – and thousands of patients still wake up on the operating table every year. By Kate Cole-Adams<p>When Rachel Benmayor was admitted to hospital, eight and a half months pregnant, in 1990, her blood pressure had been alarmingly high and her doctor …

Consciousness

LG Display's crazy 65-inch OLED TV can roll up like a poster

It's the world's first big-screen TV that can be rolled up to hide away when not in use. We go hands-on.<p>When you roll your future TV out of sight into a little box, thank LG Display.<p>The leader in big-screen OLED manufacturing, not satisfied to debut the first 88-inch 8K OLED TV, showed off another …

Gear & Gadgets

Mothers who regret having children are speaking up like never before

Photoillustration by Stephen Gregory & Heshmat Saberi<p>‘I regret having children’<p>In pushing the boundaries of accepted maternal response, women are …

Parenting

A Watergate moment? The Fusion GPS testimony could change history

Dianne Feinstein’s decision to release Glenn Simpson’s testimony has a long history, and could have a huge impact<p>One of the most misunderstood quotes from the Watergate scandal is also one of the most famous: "What did the president know and when did he know it?" That was uttered by Sen. Howard …

Donald Trump

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

The history of 2017 in seven charts

The graphic lowdown on wage equality, gun violence, sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, terrorism, Trump … and pet transport<p>When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, …

Sexual Harassment

Professor's resignation after death threats highlights uncomfortable truth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Until recently, George Ciccariello-Maher was an anonymous political science professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia. However, of late a white-hot mob has threatened him -- and his child -- so gravely that he is now teaching via a video feed. This week he announced he's resigning out …

Jordan Peterson

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation<p>Los Angeles, California, 5 December<p>“You got a choice to make, man. You could go …

Human Rights

Neutron star collision named biggest scientific breakthrough of 2017

The discovery of two neutron stars violently colliding has been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2017 by the journal Science.<p>Scientists from …

Black Holes

Person of the Year 2017:TheSilenceBreakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses …

Roy Moore

The Ghost of Matt Lauer

Why the departure of the longtime Today show host—who was abruptly fired by NBC after an allegation of sexual impropriety—represents much more than a casting change<p>“We just learned this moments ago, just this morning. As I’m sure you can imagine, we are devastated and we are still processing all of …

Media Industry

The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change

What lurks in the Arctic’s thawing permafrost?<p>From the air, the coast of Greenland appears vast and tranquil. Hundreds of fjords, their surfaces a mirror of blue sky and cloud bottoms, divide the territory. In the gaps between them, the terrain folds over itself, hill over hill, descending into …

Global Warming

If You Want to Have Lucid Dreams, Here's a Tip From a Recent Study

We're so down for this.<p>Having a degree of control of our dreams while we're in the middle of them can be one hell of a fun ride, adding a vivid new …

Tom Petty's final interview: There was supposed to have been so much more

This is not the Tom Petty story that I intended to write.<p>Though I was more than thrilled to catch up with Petty, whom I had interviewed before, I had no clue that this would turn out to be the last, for me and for him — that he would die just a few days later after going into cardiac arrest at age …

Animated map of how Earth will look in 250 million years

According to plate tectonics theory, Earth's outer shell is divided into multiple plates that slowly glide over the mantle. This slowly changes Earth's surface over time by merging, or separating, continents.<p>Here, we used projections from Chris Scotese— a professor with Northwestern University's …

Earth Science

America’s First Addiction Epidemic

<i>Christopher Finan</i>| Drunks: An American History |<i> Beacon Press</i> |<i> June 2017</i> |<i> 28 minutes (7,526 words)</i><i></i> <i>The following is an excerpt from</i> Drunks<i>, by</i> …

Alcohol

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers build the most complex RNA-based computer in living bacterial cells Illustration: Alexander GreenRibocomputer: Loops and other shapes in …

E.coli

Parasitic plants dwell in darkness, feeding on mold and mushrooms

They have great taste.<p>You might be under the impression that plants photosynthesize—using energy from the sun to turn carbon dioxide and water into delicious and nutritious sugar—and you're <i>mostly</i> right. Even carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap practice this process to some extent (though …

Botany

The Addicts Next Door

West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the country. Locals are fighting to save their neighbors—and their towns—from destruction.<p>Michael Barrett and Jenna Mulligan, emergency paramedics in Berkeley County, West Virginia, recently got a call that sent them to the youth softball field …

Drug Addiction

This is why you should beat egg whites in a copper bowl

Yes, it really does help<p>If you’ve never whipped egg whites before—don’t. It’s a real pain, and honestly, you can just buy baked meringues. But if you insist on doing it from scratch, at least whip ‘em in a copper bowl. Sure, you can only really use this cookware for one thing, but at least you'll …

Dessert

Giving young blood to older animals raises tantalizing possibilities for people

Dracula may have been on to something. It wasn’t just blood, but the blood of youth that was the secret to staying alive for centuries.<p>The rejuvenating effect of young blood has been demonstrated in strange, draculoid experiments first done 150 years ago. Two genetically compatible animals, one …

Biomarkers

Drinking cannabis cocktails will give you the buzz of a lifetime

As someone who enjoys drinking booze almost as much as smoking weed, I'm often forced to prioritize one intoxicant over another. So imagine my …

Cannabis

The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's Russia problem is getting worse -- and more complicated.<p>Questions about his campaign's alleged ties to Moscow seem to proliferate by the hour. The mushroom cloud surrounding his baseless allegations that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower is spreading faster. The …

Donald Trump

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?<p>1. Soft Targets<p>On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—<i>aktivniye meropriyatiya</i>—against the reëlection campaign of President …

Russia

Megyn Kelly, Matt Lauer, and the Battle for the Future of NBC

In his high-profile, high-priced hire of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, NBC News chief Andy Lack placed a major bet on star power. But Lack’s biggest, priciest talent, Today’s Matt Lauer, provides something of a cautionary tale. With morning news being one of the last mass television markets, its …

Media Industry