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Going behind bars: How fantasy football works in prison

The commissioner calls himself "Gee Money," and the rules for his prison fantasy football league are simple: There are 10 roster slots per team, and six teams in the league. Lineups are due every Wednesday at 8 p.m. — "NO EXCEPTIONS."<p>"Only men of their word are permitted to join," Gee Money wrote …

Fantasy Football

The Difference Between A $5 White Tee And A $125 White Tee

The answer isn't that simple, but we spoke to experts to get to the bottom of this wardrobe staple.<p>If you’ve ever looked at a $5 H&M white T-shirt, you’ll notice it doesn’t look all that different from a plain white designer tee that sells for upwards of $300. <b></b>What’s the deal with the price …

T-shirts

In ‘Small Fry,’ Steve Jobs Comes Across as a Jerk. His Daughter Forgives Him. Should We?

When Steve Jobs told his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs that the Apple Lisa computer was not named after her, it was not a cruel lie to a little girl, she insists — he was teaching her “not to ride on his coattails.”<p>When Mr. Jobs refused to install heat in her bedroom, he was not being callous, she …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: what sports have taught me about race in America

As the Guardian’s series on race and sports starts today – and we mark two years since Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem – I am reminded that whenever an NBA player comes close to shattering one of my dusty old records, eager journalists contact me to ask how I feel. Here’s …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p><i>Updated and corrected on September 7, 2018</i><p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport …

Extinction

Who invented rocky road ice cream? It’s complicated

Even to a skeptic, Fentons Creamery at dusk radiates charm, the light from its windows stretching into the evening like fingers. The Oakland, California institution flaunts its 120 years, with just-so red vinyl booths, a vintage-style soda fountain, and a rotating refrigerator showcasing sundaes …

Ice Cream

The music industry's 9-figure war for Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records is set to expire in November, likely thrusting the world's biggest artist into an industry bidding …

Indie Music

Judging by the Cover: How the Magazine Industry’s Identity Crisis Is Playing Out on Its Front Page

<i>Vogue</i>’s September issue is fabled in the magazine world. Advertisers flock to it, an entire 2009 R.J. Culter documentary revolves around it, and …

Kylie Jenner

Why Women Stay Out of the Spotlight at Work

To get ahead in the workplace, you have to be seen. Being visible at work allows employees to demonstrate their skills, land prominent assignments, and build strategic relationships.<p>For women, however, the importance of visibility creates a conundrum.<p>On the one hand, women’s contributions are …

Leadership

NASA 60th anniversary: All about the space agency's past, present and future

NASA is turning 60. Over six decades, it's had a remarkable run of rocketeering and exploratory achievements, from the moon landings to the space shuttles, from the surface of Mars to destinations far beyond our solar system.<p>It's also now facing an identity crisis. Blame people like SpaceX's Elon …

Amazon

Duterte's Drug War And The Human Cost Of Facebook's Rise In The Philippines

<b>In August 2016</b>, a handful of crude images began circulating widely throughout Facebook’s Filipino community: a middle-aged man and woman having …

Social Media

What Does Science Tell Us About Sex Ed?

<i>School’s back! To celebrate, FiveThirtyEight’s science crew figured it was time to talk about sex. Sex ed, that is. Over the next few days, we’ll be</i> …

Teen Pregnancy

Why Hasn’t Science Solved Acne Yet?

Dermatologists are cautiously optimistic that a new vaccine could work better than so many other flawed treatments.<p>There are dozens, if not hundreds, of theories on preventing and treating acne. Some people swear by supplements. Others sing the gospel of giving up dairy or even drinking dog pee in …

Birth Defects

Outdoor Barbecue Do's and Don'ts: Midwestern and Southern Style - Chowhound

Chef Thomas Boemer wants to set one assumption straight: Discussing Midwestern grilling in general is like lumping all Southern desserts together, …

Cooking

These are the reasons you can never make a decision

Here’s how to avoid and overcome these six decision-making obstacles.<p>Deciding on key investments in your company over the next year may seem like a wildly different thought process than deciding where to take your family on vacation. However, a recent study published in the journal <i>Science</i> indicates …

Critical Thinking

The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money

A new breed of entrepreneurs is creating huge consumer brands — like MVMT and Tuft & Needle — without venture capital, and laughing all the way to the bank.<p>When Moiz Ali launched his startup Native, the maker of a natural deodorant brand, he couldn’t help but be self-conscious when mingling with …

Entrepreneurship

Stephen Colbert: Rolling Stone Interview on Trump, Late Night Journey – Rolling Stone

The Triumph of Stephen Colbert<p>Peter Yang for Rolling Stone<p>The host on anxiety, Trump and the difficult journey to the top of late night<p>“Time to …

Stephen Colbert

These Companies Really, Really, Really Want to Freeze Your Eggs

Jennifer Lannon lay, her feet propped in stirrups, on an examining table at Extend Fertility, an egg-freezing clinic in Midtown Manhattan. A screen at her right displayed the results of her ultrasound, the image closely monitored by Ms. Lannon and her doctor, Joshua Klein.<p>How many eggs could she …

Reproductive Medicine

The Nerd King of Home Cooking Sets His Eye on the Restaurant World

This past spring the cook and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt took the stage at Italy’s Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena, in the small city of Mantua, …

How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle

In late September a group of businessmen and economic development officials from Michigan made a sort of urban pilgrimage to downtown Seattle. They …

Taxes

Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. By Bee Wilson<p>In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At …

Clean Eating

How the Playlist Finally Usurped the Album

Just 15 miles separate Cardi B’s childhood home in the Bronx and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where she donned a floor-length pink feather coat to …

What Amazon Alexa pays the people building its skills

If you can't make money off it, no one's going to seriously engage.<p>Joseph "Jo" Jaquinta, indie developer<p>If our developer community succeeds, we succeed.<p>Rob Pulciani, director of Amazon Alexa

2017 Changed How We'll Be Having Babies

It used to be that reproduction was a seemingly straightforward thing: A man’s sperm met and clung to a woman’s egg. If the the stars aligned and the …

Pregnancy

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates — ProPublica

This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.<p>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Mayo Clinic

The Mystery of Why Japanese People Are Having So Few Babies

Many point to unromantic 20-somethings and women’s entry into the workforce, but an overlooked factor is the trouble young men have in finding steady, well-paid jobs.<p>TOKYO—Japan’s population is shrinking. For the first time since the government started keeping track more than a century ago, there …