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Why Costco Beef Is a Favorite Among Chefs and Butchers

You're not the only one with romantic feelings for the wholesale chain.<p>There’s been so much debate about the supremacy of wagyu: Which wins out? Is …

Cows

Journalism taught me about facts but writing a novel helped me understand truth

I always thought I had a handle on truth. Truth lives in facts, in what we know and can measure and prove. But there is truth beyond that, too – truth that lives in the stories we tell each other.<p>I learned this from Augustine. He was a friend of mine from Nagaland, a forgotten teardrop of …

Journalism

Is This Fascism?

I am looking for feedback and opinions. I am looking for an open critique of my statements. Do you believe that I am being to extremist? Do you …

World History

The 'SIFT' Method for Your Child's Emotional Intelligence

One of the best things that you can do for your children's mental health is to help them develop their self-awareness and emotional intelligence …

Emotional Intelligence

People crave silence, yet are unnerved by it

<b>A History of Silence.</b> By Alain Corbin. <i>Translated by Jean Birrell. Polity; 147 pages; $19.95 and £14.99.</i><p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your inbox and …

Edward Hopper

A Doctor Lays Out the Perfect 12-Week Diet Plan to Lose Weight and Feel Amazing

For pretty much anyone on the planet, the hardest part about losing weight is changing your diet. There are so many different paths to cleaning up what you eat, and there's no one-size-fits-all rule. To help you navigate the weight-loss waters, we spoke to Dr. Luiza Petre, a weight-loss and …

Nutrition

4 Facts You Should Know About The Japanese Whisky Crisis

The global whisky community was left reeling by the recent news that well known flagship whiskies Hibiki 17 and Hakushu 12 are going to be discontinued by parent company Suntory.<p>Prized by collectors and whisky lovers, the Hibiki 17 in particular achieved global fame thanks to the film <i>Lost in</i> …

Whiskey

For too long, African languages have been defined by the European colonialists who wrote them

The issue of mother tongue education has been fiercely but sporadically debated in South Africa since 1994. In the past two and a half years, student protests at universities across the country have breathed new life into the discussions.<p>Proponents of mother tongue education tend to argue that …

Language

Japanese Rail Operator Says Sorry For 'Inexcusable' Departure 25 Seconds Early

In the U.S., you might expect a passenger rail operator to apologize for being late. However, in Japan — where sleek, high-speed trains are famous for arrivals and departures that you could set your watch by — leaving a station just 25 seconds early is nothing short of a disgrace.<p>That is what …

Japan

Four Problems With Research In American Universities

While American higher education can be criticized on many grounds, still a majority of the greatest universities in the world are American, as least as assessed by compilers of global rankings. America’s superiority, however, is due <i>exclusively</i> to its research prowess. M.I.T. is perceived to be a …

Higher Education

Amazon's Director of Learning Science shares 5 hacks to help you learn anything

Whether you're a student, an entry-level employee or an entrepreneur with your own company, learning is a vital part of getting ahead. Warren Buffett …

Self-improvement

Being Socially Isolated for Long Periods of Time Reshapes Brain Chemistry

But the pain of loneliness may have a remedy.<p>Being lonely sucks. Sure, we all need our alone time now and then, but scientists have repeatedly found …

Neuroscience

MLB Apparently Told Willson Contreras He Could No Longer Wear His Venezuela Sleeve

Last week, Willson Contreras stopped wearing his Venezuela arm sleeve. Did you notice?<p>I’ll admit, I didn’t really notice. Or, to the extent I did, I …

Baseball

'Dirty jokes' revealed on mystery pages of Anne Frank's diary

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mystery has swirled around the two pages of Anne Frank's diary where brown paper was pasted over the writing. But today it was revealed what lay behind the covered up pages.<p>Thanks to modern image processing technology, the writing from 1942 was uncovered, and four "dirty jokes" …

Jokes

Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea

Mark King has had the clap so many times he's renamed it "the applause. "<p>The first time King had gonorrhea, he was a teenager in the late 1970s, growing up in Louisiana.<p>King visited a clinic and gave a fake name and phone number. He was treated quickly with antibiotics and sent on his way.<p>A few …

Public Health

Doctor accused of fraud and misdiagnosing patients to fund 'opulent lifestyle'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Maria Zapata went to see Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada a little more than five years ago because one of her knees was bothering her. The rheumatologist told her that she had arthritis and that he'd give her injections "to strengthen the cartilage" in her knee, she said.<p>Her husband asked, "Why …

Corruption

‘With Our Deepest Sympathy, From the New York Yankees’

The Police Department in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was mourning the death of one of its officers, Sean Gannon, last month when a bouquet of flowers …

New York Yankees

Net neutrality set to end on June 11

The end of net neutrality is now scheduledfor next month.<p>The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice filed Thursday that new rules repealing the net neutrality protections are set to take effect 30 days from this Friday, or June 11.<p>"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet …

Telecoms

104-year-old scientist David Goodall 'welcomes death' at Swiss clinic

<b>Basel, Switzerland (CNN) —</b> A 104-year-old Australian scientist who is set to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland later this week told CNN that his life was no longer worth living and said he hoped his story would lead to the legalization of assisted dying in other countries.<p>David Goodall, a …

Western Australia

Study: Nearly 40 Percent of Top Liberal Arts Colleges Have No GOP Professors

<b>Dem Sen: 'Vindictive and Political' for DOJ to Punish FBI's McCabe via Pension</b><p>A new study found that 39 percent of "top-tier liberal arts colleges" in the United States don't have any Republicans on their faculties.<p>The study by the National Association of Scholars also found that the …

Humanities

He was one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. So he put himself up for adoption.

TIANJIN, China — Han Zicheng survived the Japanese invasion, the Chinese civil war and the Cultural Revolution, but he knew he could not endure the sorrow of living alone.<p>On a chilly day in December, the 85-year-old Chinese grandfather gathered some scraps of white paper and wrote out a pitch in …

China

Lonely Chinese old man puts himself up for adoption

An elderly Chinese man was lonely but didn’t want to go to a home — so he put himself up for adoption.<p>“Lonely old man in his 80s. Strong-bodied. Can shop, cook and take care of himself. No chronic illness. I retired from a scientific research institute in Tianjin, with a monthly pension of 6,000 …

Loneliness

This year's Nobel Prize for Literature is in jeopardy over a sex scandal

<b>(CNN) —</b> The institution that awards the Nobel Prize for Literature is mired in a sexual and financial scandal so deep that this year's prize may be postponed for the first time in more than seven decades.<p>In recent weeks, six members of the Swedish Academy -- one of Sweden's most highly respected …

Nobel Prize

Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity

<i>Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With</i> <i>Overlooked</i><i>, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people who went unrecognized.</i><p>By Maira Garcia<p>When the poet Julia de Burgos left Puerto Rico at 25, she vowed never to return. It was a promise she would keep.<p>It was a …

Caribbean

The Concept of Musical Harmony Explained in Five Levels of Difficulty, Starting with a Child & Ending with Herbie Hancock

<i>Wired</i> magazine has entered the video explainer game with a novel series that takes concepts from kindergarten to graduate school and beyond in under …

Communication Skills

Skeletons tell story of 'truly horrifying' fifth-century massacre

<b>(CNN) —</b> About 1,500 years ago, something terrible happened at Sandby borg, a ringfort on the beautiful island of Öland, off Sweden's southeast Baltic coast.<p>Yearly excavations beginning in 2011 provided the first clues to the island's grisly secret. The digging uncovered the skeletons of dozens of …

Paleontology

Suzanne Venker: Chivalry is dead because women killed it

A friend of mine whose mother died recently was going through her parents’ memorabilia and unearthed a Western Union telegram from 1954 that her father sent her mother just before they married. Here’s what it said:<p><i>Darling, I shall be waiting for you at eight. With a lifetime of expectancy. My heart</i> …

Feminism

Sailing around the world -- with three children

<b>(CNN) —</b> He had competed in one of the world's toughest sailing races and forged a successful business career, but neither of those came close to Caspar Craven's biggest challenge.<p>That was setting sail on a two-year odyssey around the world with his inexperienced wife and three young children, aged …

Sailing

These 5 healthy habits could help you live a decade longer, study suggests

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? A new study suggests that you can do just that by following these five healthy habits: never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don't drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy …

Biomedicine

Parents plan 'Sex Ed Sit Out' to protest sexualized school curricula

Many of America’s public schools are teaching youths “pornographic” subject matter these days, some parents argue, so they’re planning a “Sex Ed Sit Out” on April 23.<p>They want like-minded parents to keep their children at home that Monday, to send a message to local school boards and elected …

Education