Alexandra Hong

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A North Korean Defector’s Tale of Lies, Blackmail and Betrayal

SEOUL, South Korea — At about 1:20 a.m. on April 6, 2016, an AirAsia flight bound for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was preparing for takeoff in Shanghai. One of the passengers, a North Korean man named Heo Kang-il, dialed a familiar number on his phone and conveyed a message.<p>“I could hear hurrahs and …

North Korea

World class AI experts share what their favorite algorithm is

Credit: Mr. Nobody<p>From keeping our inboxes free from SPAM to mining your favorite cryptocurrencies, algorithms are all around us. While we feel like we’re drowning in an ocean of big data, clever algorithms are actually helping us to make sense of it all. And although these algorithms are ruling …

Artificial Intelligence

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Psychology

The Google Doc I Send to People Who Ask About My Skin

<i>Update: For the one-year anniversary of this post, Rio has updated her Google Doc of products. See the</i> <i>new list of her essentials here</i><i>.</i><p>When it comes …

Skin Care

I Waited 4 Months for This Japanese Skincare Product to Ship to Me and It's Changed My Life

Bye, wrinkles, dark spots, and blotchiness.<p>As a beauty editor, I have two responsibilities in life: answering every frantic midday text that reads, "Help, I'm at Sephora, what do I buy?!" and telling the world to wear sunscreen every single day, no matter what. The problem is, though, that most …

Can Sleeping With An Air Purifier Change Your Skin? Here's What Using One For A Month Did To Mine

You've likely considered using an air purifier to ease your allergies, but the gadget can do more than just relieve your sinuses — using an air …

Eat This Corn Salad with Hot-Honey Dressing Outside in Your Shortest Shorts

This new recipe should be mandatory at every summer cookout.<p>A few weekends ago, I went upstate with a group of friends. We brought the necessities for outdoor life: bug spray, hamburger patties, and<p>too muchjust enough beer. After bagels and a meandering “hike”, it came time to turn on the grill. …

4 soft skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Navigating the job search as a candidate can feel pretty opaque. From your perspective, it's difficult to identify which skills you should …

Employment

I Always Get Compliments on My Skin—These Are the 10 Products I Use Every Day

I'm certainly not a Type A person—not by a long shot. My vintage '70s bedroom chair barely sees the light of day, consistently draped in whatever …

9 science-backed books that could change your life for the better in 2018

This year, like every year, most of us are trying to get more done, be happier, and have better relationships. Given the high levels of burnout across professions (50% by some accounts), we all could use some tools for higher efficiency and better self-care. The good news is that these 9 books …

Yoga

Bogotá, Colombia Is an Irresistible Dining Destination

New and varied flavors are unavoidable in Bogotá, Colombia’s largest city, nestled high in the Andean mountains. The minute you touch down at El Dorado Airport, you can smell the sweet scent of toasting cheese arepas as it wafts through the air. And yet, even at the most bare-bones airport café, …

A Beginner's Guide to The Ordinary Skin Care

The Ordinary has taken the skincare world by storm due to its very affordable prices and focus on ingredients. But as miraculous as the fancy science names sounds, getting a grip on what those ingredients do can be pretty confusing if you don't have a chemistry degree. Luckily, The Ordinary is so …

The Zippy, Make-Ahead Green Sauce That'll Brighten Cold-Weather Dinners

<i>The words "hassle-free holiday trick" are music to our ears. We partnered with Delta® Faucet to announce their newest addition to the kitchen, ShieldSpray™ Technology It makes holiday cleanup easy by keeping the splashing contained, so we're free to entertain more. And we're celebrating by sharing</i> …

Sweet Potato Fries With Spicy Yogurt

8 servings<p>We prepared the tastiest oven-baked sweet potato fries that will be your new fav guilt-free indulgence. With a spicy and creamy harissa and herb yogurt sauce, they are simple to make and even more delicious to eat when paired with a crisp and refreshing Michelob ULTRA.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>4 …

This Soba Noodle Salad Has Seen Me at My Worst—and Made Me Better

By Aliza Abarbanel<p>For lunch. For dinner. When it's hot. When it's cold. This beyond-easy sesame soba noodle salad has always been there for me.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This week: the soba noodle salad that</i> …

5 Stretch Mark Treatments That Actually Work

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with stretch marks. We love them for the achievements they symbolize (read: pregnancy or weight loss), but we loathe them for sticking around. Though the streak-like skin tears often fade over time, there are expert-approved ways to speed up the healing …

Can Certain Foods Up Your Chances of Getting Pregnant?

When you look back on your earlier years as a baby-seeking adult, you realize how hard you had to work just to NOT get pregnant. The nightly pill. …

Nutrition

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

Wouldn't it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would be asking you in your next job interview?<p>While we unfortunately can't read …

The Google Doc I Send To People Who Ask About My Skin

By Rio Viera-Newton<p>When it comes to skin care, I used to do the absolute bare minimum: grabbing whatever I found at CVS and slapping it onto my skin whenever I felt like it. But then I got a very demanding new job — as a music publicist at Interscope Records — a full-on, around-the-clock, …

Forget Detoxing: This 4-Week Diet Could Transform Your Skin

January and detoxing go hand in hand, but before you commit to a liquid-only diet for seven days, consider a different type of cleanse: the …

A Top Korean Beauty Editor Tells Us Her Must-Have Products

Our ears are always open to product recommendations from our fellow editors—after all, they've tried just as many products as we have and boast an …

7 Simple Salmon Recipes We Swear You Won’t Screw Up

Hunting for dinner tonight? Salmon is the answer. Full of omega-3 fatty acids and protein yet mild in flavor, this non-fishy fish is a great choice …

Seafood

7 Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes to Whip Up in No Time

Salad dressing can make or break your meal. You know the drill: A plate of naked greens? Drab. Greens drizzled with an outrageously good dressing or …

Still Looking for the Perfect Red Lipstick? We Found Your Color

Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may …

Stretch Marks 101: Why We Get Them, How To Prevent Them And How To Get Rid Of Them

Stretch marks, which appear red or even purple-red at first and then gradually fade until they are silvery-grey or white, can show up anywhere that …

6 High-Tech Sunscreens to Upgrade Your Summer Skin Routine

Until recently, sunscreen was probably the most boring thing you put on your skin—an essential preventative step in your skincare routine, sure, but …

10 Beauty Foods For Glowing Skin And Shiny Hair

<i>Photo credit: Paul Delmont, Thrive Market</i><p>Beauty from the inside out is what we're going for with a healthy lifestyle.<p>Rather than looking to your vanity table for a beauty fix, take a look in your kitchen -- you might be surprised how much what you eat can affect your skin and hair!<p><b>1. Dark …

Healthy Eating