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This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866.<p>It was good to hear the scientist sing. It had been a long and punishing winter at Fort Nulato, where Kennicott's expedition to map …

Smithsonian

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. An Oracle lawyer says that Google's Android operating system generated revenue of $31 billion, with $22 billion in profit.</b> The analysis came after Oracle was allowed to examine private documents from Google for a court case.<p><b>2. Two analysts from Raymond James have warned that the iPhone 7 may not</b> …

IPhone 7

Forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 Benchmarks Leak

Samsung is gearing up to release its next big flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S7, on the eve of the Mobile World Congress tradeshow next month. But as is usual with flagship product releases in this info-overloaded age, a few tidbits of intel have leaked out ahead of the official reveal.<p>The latest …

Scientists Find Evidence for Ninth Planet in Solar System

The world, if it exists, would join the other eight (or nine, depending how you feel about Pluto).<p>A planet larger than Earth could be hiding in the cold, dark depths of the solar system. The presence of the planet, which would lie far beyond Pluto, is betrayed by the curious orbits of a handful of …

These Are the Best Jobs in America Right Now

Take your pick<p>What makes a job not just good, but great? According to Glassdoor.com, it’s a combination of how much you make, the level of demand for …

The Shaming Of Robert De Niro

After a slew of box office bombs and critical flops, Robert De Niro’s been told to retire, that he’s ruining his legacy, that he’s too blinded by his own genius to understand just how limp his films truly have become. But what if there’s a different explanation for why his movies end up so …

25 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at Sundance 2016

‘Author: The JT Leroy Story’<p>Remember when mysterious novelist, abuse survivor and rentboy JT Leroy was the It author of the moment, befriended by …

Six charts that explain why U.S. companies feel unwelcome in China

By Xu Yangjingjing<p>Simon Denyer<p>, Bureau chief<p>American companies feel significantly less welcome in China than in the past, the American Chamber of Commerce in China said Wednesday.<p>According to its China Business Climate Survey Report, U.S. companies are concerned not just about the economic …

China

The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity’s Early History

The rebels of early Christianity, like Melania, Paula, Susan and that guy Jerome. (All Illustrations: Matt Lubchansky)<p>I. From Silk Robes to Hairshirts<p>…

Dead Certainty

How “Making a Murderer” goes wrong.<p><i>Argosy</i> began in 1882 as a magazine for children and ceased publication ninety-six years later as soft-core porn for men, but for ten years in between it was the home of a true-crime column by Erle Stanley Gardner, the man who gave the world Perry Mason. In …

Crime

Thomas Jefferson and the fascinating history of Founding Fathers defending Muslim rights

By Elahe Izadi<p>, Staff writer<p><i>This post has been updated with President Obama's comments. The Fix originally wrote about Thomas Jefferson and Muslims in December.</i><p>Muslims are at the center of a roiling debate over religious freedom in the United States. But they've actually been a part of that heated …

Religion

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

<b>Kim Scott,</b> co-founder of Candor, Inc., has built her career around a simple goal: Creating bullshit-free zones where people love their work and …

Middle School

The Case For Staying Away From Your Boss

Spatial distance plays a critical role in office ethics. Time to redesign that open office?<p>Unethical behavior is bad for business, whether you’re talking about massive scandals a la Enron and Fannie Mae, or just a boss treating employees unfairly. Even worse, research has shown that misbehavior in …

Einstein’s First Proof

On November 26, 1949, Albert Einstein published an essay in the <b>Saturday Review of Literature</b> in which he described two pivotal moments in his childhood. The first involved a compass that his father showed him when he was four or five. Einstein recalled his sense of wonderment that the needle always …

Mathematics

How turkeys got from Mayan temples to your Thanksgiving dinner table

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>It is an amusing (and apparently apocryphal) piece of Thanksgiving lore that Ben Franklin believed the turkey ought to adorn the presidential seal.<p>In reality, he was complaining in a letter to his daughter that the eagle chosen for the seal looked more like a turkey. Which, …

Insects

41 Ways to Give Back (That Don't Involve Writing a Check)

Crisp, cool temps and the return of pumpkin-spice everything mean one thing is for sure: The gifting season’s almost upon us. While that means lots …

Paris attack victims: Father-of-one died when he took a bullet for his girlfriend

Yannick Minvielle was shot dead when he jumped in front of his girlfriend as one of the Bataclan terrorists prepared to shoot her<p>Desperate loved-ones hoping for news of the missing after the Paris attacks took their search to the world through social media.<p>A special stream of messages on Twitter, …

The moment Jihadi John may have become a terrorist

By Terrence McCoy<p>, Reporter<p><i>Updated: This story, originally published in March, has been updated in light of reports that Jihadi John was targeted by a U.S. military drone strike Thursday.</i><p>The 22-year-old man arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport on an early June day with a heart full of hope. He …

Just your luck: 13 fun facts about Friday the 13th

<b>(CNN) —</b> Yet another Friday the 13th has arrived, bringing the usual superstitious chatter along with vows to avoid flying and other fear-inducing activities. Why are we so weird about the 13th?<p>The answer is unclear but our aversion may have religious origins. Some Christians believe Friday is …

8 Uncommon Ways To Show You're Thankful

When we show people we are thankful for them, it doesn’t just make <i>them</i> feel good. It’s actually good for <i>us</i> as well. In fact, Dr. Martin Seligman, a former president of the American Psychological Association, and his colleagues found that tangible expressions of gratitude can reduce depression and …

Babysitting

Top 10 World Heritage Sites for Kids

There are nearly a thousand UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Check out this list for the best trips to please travelers both young and old.

Lost at sea: the man who vanished for 14 months

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him – for 438 days. This is his story

Digital Noise Is Creeping Out Our Brains’ Fear Network

What happens in our brains when we hear things that creep us out, and how that’s changing in an age awash in digital noise.<p>David Hendy can be lying in bed, driving on the highway, or flying in a commercial airplane, when suddenly his ears perk up. Does the heating boiler always rattle so violently? …

Here's How China's One-Child Policy Started in the First Place

With China’s one-child policy ending on Thursday after more than three decades, looking back to when—and why—the strict policy was first implemented …

China

Bad posture? It may be in your head

Posture is not a rigid concept. It represents something more fluid with considerable range for change. Despite this, it is often oversimplified, rightly or wrongly, as being “good” or “bad”.<p>Your posture is affected by many aspects of your daily life, including physical and psychological factors. …

Ergonomics

The Top 7 Shoe Trends from Spring 2016

Find your footing for the season ahead with the footwear that reigned over the runway.<p>Find your footing for the season ahead with the footwear that reigned the runway—from elevated trainers to silver streaks and something wild, care of the West.

The Archive of Eating

In an era when we spend less time cooking than humans ever have, we are insatiable for recipes. Every year, globally, some 24,000 new cookbooks are published, while recipes posted online have become as uncountable as grains of rice. Our refrigerators display wishful clippings; our kitchen shelves …

Food Preservation

Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?

Fear old women in fairy tales. For as long as people have been telling stories, crones have been scaring the wits out of children. But why does the face of evil so often belong to an old woman?<p>Typecasting is one explanation. "What do we have? Nags, witches, evil stepmothers, cannibals, ogres. It's …