Alex Mercado

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“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”

The Maison des Esclaves stands on the rocky shore of Gorée Island, off the coast of Senegal, like a great red tomb. During the years of its operation, the building served as a rendezvous point for slavers trafficking in a seemingly inexhaustible resource: Africans, whose very bodies became the …

Ryan Coogler

How Marvel's Black Panther Marks a Major Milestone

The Revolutionary<br>Power of <i>Black Panther</i><p><b>Marvel’s new movie marks a major milestone</b> <br>By <b>JAMIL SMITH</b><p><b>The first movie I remember seeing</b> in a theater had a …

Black History

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Nonprofits

Rockabilly rebels: the stylish French gangs who fought racists on the streets

Photographer Philippe Chancel recalls the risks of documenting the ‘skinhead hunters’ of 1980s Paris<p>• See a gallery of Philippe Chancel’s photographs<p>Philippe Chancel was only 20 years old when he first encountered the Vikings, a street gang whose teenage members hung out on the streets of central …

Jean-Marie Le Pen

How are French Libertines Reckoning With #MeToo?

It’s no news to anyone that France has a historically masculine-centric culture. The great republican project of the Revolution left women out; in response to the <i>Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen</i> (1791), Olympe de Gouges supplied her <i>Declaration of the Rights of Women and the</i> …

Feminism

The Apple Watch wants to alter your behavior — can it?

What happens when you try to change behavior without behavioral science?<p>Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I …

Fitness

After 61 Years, America’s Busiest Highway Is Almost Complete

An infamous gap in Interstate 95 will finally be closed this summer.<p>PENNINGTON, N.J.—The past few years have been thick with promises of shiny new infrastructure and the revival of American greatness.<p>Funny, then, that so little has been made of a quiet victory for U.S. infrastructure due later this …

Urban Design

Special Report: The fabulous story of North Korea's fabric made of stone

SEOUL (Reuters) - For much of the world, it's a niche product. In North Korea, where winter temperatures are frigid and which cannot produce enough cotton or wool for clothing, the synthetic fiber developed after nylon was glorified as a revolutionary invention.<p>Known outside North Korea as vinylon, …

Things Go Better With Coke, Laxative Edition

Japan warms to Coca-Cola Plus, which the government has awarded a gold label for the health benefits of its special ingredients<p>TOKYO—In a country where grilled fish is a breakfast food and many think the stinkiest soybeans are the tastiest, it stands to reason Coke is now a health drink.<p>Once a …

Alcohol

Making China Great Again

As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>When the Chinese action movie “Wolf Warrior II” arrived in theatres, in July, it looked like a …

China

When a North Korean Missile Accidentally Hit a North Korean City

What happens when a North Korean ballistic missile test fails in flight and explodes in a populated area? On April 28, 2017, North Korea launched a …

The University of Chicago’s 71-Year-Running Jewish Food Debate

An unwinnable fight between latkes and hamantashen.<p>When debating the merits of latkes, the fried potato pancakes eaten at Hanukkah, and hamantashen, …

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

Political Science

The death of vintage American denim

If you're lucky enough to own a pair of authentic, "selvage" denim jeans, you know what you love about them: their visible engineering, their …

Clothing

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Security

Think Mass Shootings Are Terrorism? Careful What You Wish For.

Those arguing America needs a new domestic terrorism law haven’t thought things through.<p>When Stephen Paddock, a troubled professional gambler, murdered 58 people in Las Vegas and wounding an astounding 546 others, the calls came fast and furious for a new law aimed at domestic terrorism. Never mind …

Stephen Paddock

How much does a kilogram weigh?

Stefania Pandolfi The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-4 Kibble balance measured Planck's constant to within 13 parts per …

Physics

The Irish Roots of the Diversity Visa Lottery

President Trump says this obscure U.S. immigration program is allowing in terrorists. But it exists because Irish and Italian immigrants felt they were getting a raw deal.<p>When an Uzbek greencard holder drove a van through a crowded bike path in New York City on Tuesday, killing 8 and injuring 11, …

Immigration

What Experts Know About Men Who Rape

In 1976, a Ph.D. candidate at Claremont Graduate University placed a rather unusual personal ad in newspapers throughout Los Angeles:<p>He sat by his phone, skeptical that it would ring. “I didn’t think that anyone would want to respond,” said Samuel D. Smithyman, now 72 and a clinical psychologist in …

Emissions, eschmissions: How to (simply) reduce your carbon footprint in 2017 | Ars Technica

Sick of waiting for governments, industry to lead? Here's how to be proactive on emissions.<p>Winter is coming—and not in that <i>Game of Thrones</i> sense. …

Chevrolet Bolt

A Remnant From Caligula’s Ship, Once a Coffee Table, Heads Home

The ceremonial ships that the Roman Emperor Caligula built to host decadent festivities on Lake Nemi were ornate floating palaces, with pink marble columns and brightly colored mosaic floors. Adorned with gold and gems and bronze friezes of animals, they were the sites of mega-parties that …

Matt Hulse evades North Korea’s photography regulations in his series Sniper

<i>The 30 nominees for this year’s Felix Schoeller Photo Award represent some of the best contemporary photographic talent. Spanning six categories –</i> …

North Korea

The Lost Photographs of Penang

Sometimes the mystery is more interesting than solving it.<p><b>PENANG, Malaysia</b><p>Y<i>ears ago, just a few months after 9/11, I found myself in Kabul,</i> …

The Arts

A Different Kind of Protest

How did Michael Schmidt’s independent workshop change postwar German photography?By Sabrina MandaniciMichael Schmidt, <i>Sozialarbeiterin beim Bezirksamt</i> …

Germany

For Trump, “Consequences Are Piling Up” with Republicans in Washington

Shortly after noon on Tuesday, after a morning in which President Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s I.Q. in an interview and insulted the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker’s diminutive stature in a tweet, I went to meet Ed Rogers, a lobbyist and lifelong …

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.<p>Heydar Aliyev Prospekti, a broad avenue in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, connects the airport to the city. The road is meant to highlight Baku’s …

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

Wim Wenders on his Polaroids – and why photography is now over

Vigils for John Lennon, road trips with Annie Leibovitz, portraits of Dennis Hopper … Wim Wenders took thousands of Polaroids while making his classic films. He shares the stories behind them<p>Wim Wenders reckons he took more than 12,000 Polaroids between 1973 and 1983, when his career as a …

Mike Pence's Flagrant Waste of Taxpayer Money

The vice president spent more than most Americans make in a year traveling to an NFL game to perform a political stunt.<p>On Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence made a big show of leaving an NFL game early. He declared himself upset that some players knelt during the singing of “The Star Spangled …

Mike Pence