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The keto diet, explained

Is eating a lot of fat really the best way to lose weight?<p>It’s why people are putting grass-fed butter in their coffee, fasting for days, and replacing their cereal and pasta with eggs and avocados.<p>The ketogenic diet has become a Silicon Valley obsession and the diet du jour that supposedly keeps …

Diabetes

Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

As accounts of past sexual indiscretions threatened to surface during Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign, the job of stifling potentially damaging stories fell to his longtime lawyer and all-around fixer, Michael D. Cohen.<p>To protect his boss at critical junctures in his improbable political …

Donald Trump

The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica | The New Yorker

V. Get Wet and You Die<p>On October 30, 2008, Worsley, Gow, and Adams arrived in Punta Arenas, on the southern tip of Chile. They went to a warehouse owned by a company named Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions. During the summer, between thirty thousand and forty-five thousand tourists visit the …

Antarctica

We analyzed 17 months of Fox & Friends transcripts. It’s far weirder than state-run media.

How the Fox morning show evolved into Donald Trump’s posse.<p>It was 6 am, just a few weeks after Donald Trump had moved into the White House — and there was a light on in the East Wing. It was possible that Trump, notoriously an early riser, was in the residence watching <i>Fox & Friends</i>. It was his …

Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton, a favorite GOP foil, plans discreet 2018 strategy

There was a long line for selfies with Hillary Clinton last week at a Georgetown soiree for Lanny Davis, a Clinton loyalist whose latest book blames former FBI director James B. Comey for her 2016 presidential defeat.<p>Clinton devotees — waiting patiently within earshot — speculated about her future. …

Government

The showdown over the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Of all the political and cultural issues that divide red states from blue ones, none is more volatile than guns and who can carry them.<p>Conservative …

Guns

How the U.S. and Canada's Women's Ice Hockey Teams Formed One of the Biggest Rivalries in Sports

Nearly every world championship in women’s ice hockey has been fought over by two teams: the United States and Canada.<p>The powerhouse ice hockey teams …

Ice Hockey

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Journalism

A Shot at Glory

<i>Sam Riches | Longreads | February 2018 | 12 minutes (3,309 words)</i>Peter Forsberg skates in slow, tense circles and waits for his chance at history. …

Ice Hockey

How Canada Goose Went From Outdoors Outfitter to Fashion Force

The brand has changed a lot in 61 years.<p>Dani Reiss never wanted to be the CEO of Canada Goose. It was way outside his comfort zone. In fact, no one thought he would be—it was never in the plan for him to take over the family business. “I wanted to be a writer, so this is the last thing I ever …

Clothing

The Thriller That Predicted the Russia Scandal

David Pepper’s 2016 novel is eerily similar to recent real-world political events. But wait until you read the sequel.<p>David Pepper recently had to block someone on Twitter for the first time in his life, because he was tired of being accused, repeatedly, of hiding his real identity as a Russian spy.<p>…

Government

How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list

On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission. His name was Aaron Michael Jones, or possibly Michael Aaron Jones, and in any case, he went by Mike. According to court documents, Mike was a father and widower. He …

Identity Theft

Just how big is Big Data?

Big Data started with algorithms helpfully scouring vast amounts of data to find patterns. These days it feels a bit like Big Brother. Using machine learning and AI to tweak algorithms, companies are now able to deliver profound insights from datasets once considered impossible to compile.<p>This …

Is this the future face of sports gambling?

'It’s not just gambling. It’s a lifestyle'<p>LAS VEGAS — A fat, Jewish kid from Chicago, by his own account, Robert Gorodetsky is also a 25-year-old college dropout who has emerged as one of the most compelling and controversial, albeit largely unknown, figures in sports.<p>He wears a black cap with …

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, …

The Recruiters: Searching For The Next Generation Of Warfighters In A Divided America

On a muggy Tuesday afternoon in August, Staff Sgt. Justin McDonald, a U.S. Army soldier with the Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion, was piloting a …

Military

The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon

As Jeff Bezos’s juggernaut continues to grow, forward-thinking competitors are finding creative ways to succeed—and be what Amazon can never be.<p>The Mall of America’s terrazzo floors, glazed white like doughnut frosting, ribbon out in every direction, creating a vast mirror maze of consumerism with …

eCommerce

The Never-Ending Foreclosure

How can the country survive the next economic crash if millions of families still haven't recovered from the last one?<p>GLENDORA, California—In retrospect, refinancing their home was a bad idea. But the Santillan family never thought that it would lead them to foreclosure, or that they’d spend years …

Affordable Care Act

The few, the proud: women Marines define themselves

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>It’s never been easy to be a woman in the Marine Corps, which is the most physically demanding branch of the military and …

Military

The Great College Loan Swindle

How universities, banks and the government turned student debt into America's next financial black hole<p>On a wind-swept, frigid night in February …

College & University

The checkout line’s death knell | The Future IRL

We're all only about ten years away from sauntering into stores, grabbing whatever it is we want, then quick-stepping out like we stole it.<p>It'll be possible because many shops will be ringed with machine vision-enabling cameras and sensors that keep tabs on what you take while inside and then …

Great Travel and Productivity Apps You Haven’t Tried (Yet)

The 2017 Webby Award nominees have been announced. (Side note: we were nominated for Best Lifestyle Publication; vote for us here.) The Productivity …

How to Pack for a Business Trip

Your essential step-by-step guide on how to pack for a business trip like a pro<p>There is a certain art to packing that very few people seem to have mastered. Instead, I find that people simply shove every piece they own into a suitcase and hope that they will be able to plan outfits once they reach …

Hacks for Beating Boredom When a Plane's Wi-Fi Is Sh*t

As Wi-Fi slowly becomes a standard airline perk, many of us have become dependent on an in-flight internet connection to be as entertained and …

Managing Business Traveler Anxieties in an Era of Global Uncertainty

Travel managers are facing new sets of challenges as global risks––whether terror, climate, or health-related––seem to be increasing year after …

Business Trip or Vacation? Travel Start-Ups Try to Blur the Line

Planning a vacation? Chances are you’ll think about it differently than you do that business trip you’re also arranging.<p>For the vacation, you may scroll through hotel reviews before deciding where to stay, not just to compare prices but also to consider the amenities offered.<p>For the business trip, …

Hospitality

What Millennials Can Teach Us About Business Travel

They're digitally obsessed, adventurous, and down to do business like they do leisure.<p>They flew business class, were picked up by a car service at the airport, and taken to a hotel near where they’d be working for a few days. They packed suits. They were overwhelmingly male. In a time before …

How A Russian Con Artist Is Running A Multibillion-Dollar Scam

One of Russia's most famous conmen ran a pyramid scheme that earned him billions of dollars before he was jailed for fraud. Now he lives in hiding, but that hasn't stopped him targeting Nigeria.<p>ABUJA, Nigeria — The realization that she’d made a catastrophic gamble came in the form of a letter …

Inside an Epic Hotel Room Hacking Spree | WIRED

On a warm Phoenix night five years ago, Aaron Cashatt walked down the red-carpeted hall of the second floor of a Marriott hotel, trying to move …

The Fake-News Fallacy

Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet.<p>On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio. Aliens had landed just down the road, a newscaster announced, and were …