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The More Coffee You Drink, the Longer You Live, Says Huge Research Report

Drinking coffee in moderation is good for your health but drinking a LOT of coffee is even better.<p>The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and the Feinberg School of medicine at Northwestern University recently analyzed coffee-drinking data from the UK BioBank, a long-term …

Coffee Waste Is Now Fetching a 480% Premium Over Coffee Itself

Aida Batlle grows coffee on her family’s farm in the hills surrounding El Salvador’s Santa Ana Volcano. Like generations before her, she had little …

Coffee

Trader Joe’s podcast is weirdly popular on Apple right now

Trader Joe’s announced a new product this week. It’s not frozen cashew milk or kale-flavored Joe Joe’s, but a podcast. And like its other cult favorites, it’s weirdly popular. <b>At press time, it was number three on Apple Podcasts, edging out Joe Rogan.</b> The five episodes of <i>Inside Trader Joe’s</i> attempt …

Design Crime! People Are Smuggling Succulents Now

Succulents are so popular that poachers are stealing them. More than 3,500 of California’s flower-shaped dudleya plants have been recovered in the last year alone.<p>Why? This understated interior design icon of American millennials has become the must-have accessory for Asia’s middle class across …

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>X⁠—<p>Last week I returned to Amherst. It’s been years since I was there, the time we met. I was hoping that you’d show up again; I even …

Mind

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

There’s a new plant milk in town, and it’s started such a craze that coffee shops across the country are struggling to keep up with demand.<p>It’s …

Nestlé Targets High-End Coffee by Taking Majority Stake in Blue Bottle

In 2002, James Freeman gave up on being a professional clarinetist and began pursuing his other passion, roasting coffee.<p>Mr. Freeman started out in a 183-square-foot potting shed in Oakland, Calif., and named his newborn business Blue Bottle Coffee, after a storied Viennese coffee house. Fifteen …

Coffee

Why Oat Milk Is Suddenly All the Rage

Over the last few months, you may have noticed a new vegan milk option at your local coffee shop: oat milk. I’ll be honest; when I first heard I could turn my cappuccino into a capp-OAT-ccino, I rolled my eyes. Could LA <i>be</i> anymore, LA? Turns out, oat milk isn’t an LA thing. It’s a Swedish thing …

The Best Coffee in Every State

Plus, at least one runner-up for every choice.<p>There's never been a better time to be a coffee drinker here in the United States. After decades of …

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically.<p>It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still who repeatedly calls a prison to do so. But after more than a year of meetings and negotiation, …

Psychology

Under the Darkness of Depression a Cyclist Pursues Zen by Bike

Is cycling religion? A vision quest to Japan’s Shikoku Island reveals some answers<p><b>“Do you have a spiritual practice?”</b><p>Of the many questions I expected a psychiatrist might ask me, I hadn’t expected that one.<p>I was in his office seeking help for my depression, anxiety, and irritability. For more than …

Roads

This Photo Of A Single Atom Just Blew My Mind

The photo received a top science photography award–and made me ponder my own existence in the universe.<p>If you really zoom into the middle of this image you’ll see a tiny pixel. That little spot is not a mote of dust on the camera lens or an imperfection on the sensor. No, that thing is one single …

Meet the vegans having better sex than you

“The Game Changers” is the latest of several documentaries that aim to convert men to plant-based diets<p>Can going vegan improve your sex life? Yes it …

Diets

Feeling Stressed? Try an Anger Room.

I slammedthe aluminum bat into the laptop. Pieces of the shattered screen bounced on the metal table. <i>Whack! Whack! Whack!</i> The keys popped off. The display detached. Each time the bat landed, a satisfying crack echoed throughout the room like gunfire. I felt a surge of adrenaline. My heart raced and …

No, Google’s Pixel Buds won’t change the world

Over-engineered by a company that doesn’t seem to understand how humans interact, they are a perfect example of Silicon Valley arrogance<p>The dream of …

Elon Musk Learns Faster & Better Than You Thanks to These 2 Skills

Elon Musk is that kid that says he’s going to the moon when he grows up and then actually does it, except Musk’s moon is building a multibillion …

'True Blue' Explores the Origins of Japanese Indigo Dyes

The process dates back to the 1600’s.<p>For the latest installment of the <i>Frontiers</i> series, Great Big Story explores the artisanal process behind …

Is This the Most Beautiful Restaurant in Japan?

Japan-based adventurers Simon and Martina have been traveling the world and making videos since 2008, the same year the Canadian couple moved to …

Four Points That Make 'Last Jedi' So Fascinating

Let me begin with bit of sacrilege: “The Last Jedi” is so marvelous and fascinating that I would not be surprised if it becomes “The Empire Strikes Back” for the new generation of Star Wars fans -- the film they will tell their grandchildren was the best of the bunch. The movie fully deserves its …

Star Wars

Hello Kitty and Pikachu are now the cutest ambassadors in Japan

Raise a glass of limited-edition Hello Kitty sparkling rosé, because the adorable Sanrio character has just been named Ambassador for Osako, Japan, where she might just get to help promote the World Expo 2025. But the “happy little British girl” (who is not a cat, okay?) wouldn’t be taking on those …

The World’s Most Controversial Car Designer Returns–With An EV

Chris Bangle is back with a wild-looking electric vehicle that’s designed to make sitting in traffic suck less.<p>Chris Bangle is an auto industry legend. An arguable mad genius of auto design (as well as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People), Bangle was BMW’s first American design chief and a …

Japan Releases a Range of Miniature Furniture for Cats

Recently, we’ve introduced you to a range of cat-tastic designs that demonstrate how modern cat furniture doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Cat-sized cardboard landmarks, tetris cat towers, and even a new line of IKEA pet furniture proves that furniture design for our fluffy friends is a growing …

Furniture

The Most Beautiful Starbucks on Earth Is in a Historic Japanese Townhouse

The coffee giant opens its take on a traditional Japanese tea house.<p>This past Friday, Starbucks opened the doors to its new outpost located in an …

The struggle to repopulate Fukushima

FROM his desk, the mayor of Iitate, Norio Kanno, can see the beloved patchwork of forests, hills and rice paddies that he has governed for over two …

Why Harvard Business School is under fire

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (HBS) has come under the cosh this month. A new book, “The Golden Passport” by Duff McDonald, argues that HBS has lost its …

Watch the Charming Short Film 'Hair' Starring John Turturro

Which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.<p>Already making its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, short film <i>Hair</i> captures the unscripted …

Donald Trump Finally Pays a Price for His False and Reckless Words

As a Presidential candidate, Donald Trump led a charmed existence. Whatever he said, no matter how outrageous, it didn't seem to hurt him. He could insult his Republican opponents, make misogynistic comments about female journalists, call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, describe …

Donald Trump

Take a Look Inside Japan’s Crazy Truck Modding Scene

If you think Japan’s love for modifying cars is obsessive, then wait until you see this. This clip from <i>Great Big Story</i> shows the almost insane amount …

Japan

This Simple Design Change Would Have Saved The Oscars

The Academy has over 6,000 members, but not a single graphic designer, apparently.<p>Anyone who watched the Academy Awards live could tell something was wrong. Warren Beatty looked at the card, which supposedly held the winner for Best Picture. And then he looked again. He could clearly tell something …

The Perfect Restaurant For Dining Alone

Ichiran Ramen, which just opened its first U.S. location in Brooklyn, is something like Japan’s Waffle House. Open 24 hours a day, this chain of ramen shops offers diners a delicious, if factory-made, bowl of porky tonkotsu broth long after the Tokyo subway stops running.<p>But its most unique selling …