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The Entire History of Female Pop Music in One Woman

The night that iconic photo of Marilyn Monroe was taken—you know the one: stilettos on a subway grate, billowing white dress—Monroe and her husband …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

The case for optimism

The world is better than ever before. And Harvard’s Steven Pinker can prove it.<p>It’s easy to look around and conclude that everything is horrible, that the world is getting less safe and more chaotic.<p>Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychologist and author of <i>Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science,</i> …

How Virtual Reality Affects Actual Reality

Book Talk<p>The technology helps quarterbacks learn plays, first responders recover from PTSD, and everyone get a grip on climate change.<p>Since tech wizard Jaron Lanier made virtual reality popular in the 1990s, many claims have been made about its transformative power. Most of these have proved to be …

Virtual Reality

In Her Own Words

“Hmm, your blood pressure is low. We’ll check that again in half an hour. Is there any chance you could be pregnant? Wait, of course not; you just had a hysterectomy!”<p>The nurse frowns awkwardly as she administers my blood thinners, the shot you get when you can’t even begin to walk, leaving a …

Pregnancy

'They Don't Want to Include Women Like Me.' Sex Workers Say They're Being Left Out of the #MeToo Movement

Like millions of others, Melony Hill took to social media last fall to say “me too.”<p>The 36-year-old Baltimore resident disclosed on Facebook and on …

This is why you cringe when someone else embarrasses themselves

When Jennifer Lawrence falls on a flight of stairs in her own home, she gets up, brushes herself off, and goes on her way. But five years ago she didn’t: she face-planted on live television in a gown, walking up steps to Dolby Theatre stage on her way to accept an Oscar, and covered her face in …

Psychology

Tara Lipinski Hasn’t Lost Her Edge

Tara Lipinski won the gold damn medal in the ladies’ figure skating competition 20 years ago in Nagano, Japan, in one of the most fiercely contested …

D.C. doesn't know what to do about the opioid crisis

Washington is still falling behind in helping to address the country's opioid crisis, some lawmakers and policy experts say, even as the epidemic …

Chuck Grassley

Adam Rippon on Quiet Starvation in Men’s Figure Skating

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Shortly before Adam Rippon’s breakthrough victory at the United States figure skating championships, Brian Boitano crossed paths with him and asked how he was doing. Boitano, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist, expected Rippon to rave about his jumps or his signature …

The Surprising Secrets to Living Longer — And Better

Old age demands to be taken very seriously–and it usually gets its way. It’s hard to be cavalier about a time of life defined by loss of vigor, …

Louise Linton Is Super-Duper Sorry

Louise Linton has accomplished the near-impossible task of locating an ordinary meeting place in the most moneyed stretch of the Upper East Side, where she and her husband, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, own an apartment. In this part of town, there is hardly a store in sight that …

Not so fresh: why Jamie Oliver’s restaurants lost their bite

The chef’s chains are facing a crisis on the high street. Where did it all go wrong?<p>Jools Oliver, wife of the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, set social media abuzz in December when she posted pictures of the couple’s £9m home. The seven-bedroom, Grade II-listed property in London’s rarefied Hampstead …

Jamie Oliver

Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.<p>Now more than ever, Alzheimer's disease poses an enormous burden. The neurodegenerative disease afflicts more than five million Americans, robbing them of their memories and placing strain and heartache …

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling

Nobody wants to suddenly come down with the flu on day 1 of vacation.<p>It’s cold and flu season, and if you didn't notice that by looking around at your dripping, sneezing friends and family, you’ll definitely become aware of the situation if you’re passing through an airport. There may be nothing …

The strange power of the ‘evil eye’

From the Eye of Horus to Gigi Hadid, ‘for thousands of years the eye has maintained its steady hold on the human imagination,’ writes Quinn Hargitai.<p>When it comes to warding off the mystic malevolent forces of the world, there is perhaps no charm more recognised or renowned than the ‘evil eye’. …

Ancient History

The latest brain hack to get ahead in Silicon Valley: flashcards

Eager to keep up with the pace of change, some Silicon Valley researchers are embracing a grade-school technique to enhance their cognition and memory.<p>Michael Nielsen, a research fellow at Y Combinator Research, a division of Silicon Valley’s top startup accelerator, took to Twitter last week to …

Neither His Nor Hers

Architects are working to make all-inclusive bathrooms the new norm<p>In the privacy of a home, the notion of gendered bathrooms is seldom an issue, but step into the public realm—the office, the gym, school, or movie theater—and it’s suddenly a space that’s governed by a far more complex tangle of …

#MeToo in medicine: Women, harassed in hospitals and operating rooms, await reckoning

Inside a bright operating room, Dr. Christina Jenkins gripped her surgical clamp, ready to remove a skin graft.<p>With her was a scrub tech, an anesthesiologist, and, across the operating table, the attending physician — a veteran trauma and burn surgeon.<p>Jenkins, a resident at the time who was just …

Sexual Harassment

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

Even if your intentions are professional and sincere.<p>Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p>Dear Jeff,<p>I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I …

Mother's nightmare at Mexico resort: 'There is more to this deeper, darker story than we know'

MILWAUKEE — She didn’t walk out.<p>That much Karen Newton knows about the night her 22-year-old daughter went missing from their room at a luxury resort in Mexico’s alluring Riviera Maya.<p>She <i>couldn’t</i> walk. She could barely stand. It was 1:30 a.m. when her daughter had come back to the room from the …

Crime

U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers

Schools that struggle to prepare students for success losing ground; ‘The shake-out is coming’<p>Concord University in West Virginia and Clemson University in South Carolina were both founded shortly after the Civil War. During the 20th century, each grew rapidly. Now, the two public universities that …

College & University

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, downing ketone drinks, 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 …

Diabetes

How Olympic Figure Skaters Design Their Programs

“The public wants to see someone who loves to skate,” says choreographer Marni Halasa. But each program also takes months to design and perfect.<p>There are very few sports that have the glitzy glamour of figure skating. Nothing quite captivates the imagination like the costumes, drama, and …

Everything an AR-15 maker says consumers want in their gun

The Story Behind JFK's Official White House Portrait

When Barack Obama's official portrait by Kehinde Wiley was revealed earlier this week, it stood out immediately from previous depictions of …

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

Inside North Korea’s Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul’s Gangnam …

Korean scrub mistress spills her secrets

<b>(CNN) —</b> For first-timers in a bathhouse in South Korea , stripping naked and soaking for hours in tubs with strangers often comes as a jolt.<p>The scrub corner in any jjimjilbang (a Korean facility that's a bathhouse, sauna and spa rolled into one) is the section newbies find most alarming.<p>This is …

Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too.

Bags of cash delivered to a Rome hotel for favored Italian candidates. Scandalous stories leaked to foreign newspapers to swing an election in Nicaragua. Millions of pamphlets, posters and stickers printed to defeat an incumbent in Serbia.<p>The long arm of Vladimir Putin? No, just a small sample of …

Russia