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This Crab Clones Its Allies by Ripping Them in Half

It wields sea anemones like boxing gloves; if it loses one, it makes another by bisecting the remaining one.<p>The American novelist S. E. Hinton once said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” By that logic, boxer crabs are the …

Foreign Policy

The Vigilantes of China’s Bike Sharing Economy

Shared-bike enthusiasts have made a game of scouring the city streets to find and report improperly parked bicycles.

China

Forty-one years ago, the US took a big gamble on Vietnamese refugees

Any number of things could have gone wrong.<p>It was March 1975, and my father had been in the US for 10 months. He had a scholarship to get his master’s in applied math at then University of Missouri-Rolla, but he found it impossible to focus. The war at home in Vietnam was getting worse, and his …

Refugees

The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration

<i>I apologize to Donald Trump. As Sean Spicer so wisely said at his first news conference on Monday (It was the first. The one that happened on Saturday did not happen at all, and I recognize that!), it is unfair to be so mean and negative all the time.</i><p><i>Here is the fair and unbiased story about the</i> …

Donald Trump

Why Trump's Staff Is Lying

One of the most striking features of the early Trump administration has been its political uses of lying. The big weekend story was the obviously false claim of Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, that Trump pulled in the largest inauguration crowds in American history. This raises the …

Sean Spicer

There used to be 4 billion American chestnut trees, but they all disappeared

The kings of the Eastern forest now die as shrubs<p>American chestnut trees once blanketed the east coast, with an estimated 4 billion trees spreading …

Forests

The Unexpectedly High-Stakes World of Neo Geo Collecting

Seven years ago, Shawn McCleskey, a dealer of rare video games, trading cards, and vintage machine guns in Memphis, Tennessee, made one of the biggest sales of his career. It unfolded like a Robert Ludlum novel. A man calling himself Wolf wired McCleskey fifty-five thousand dollars, then showed up …

Game Development

What happens to my children’s identity now?

The day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, my 5-year-old daughter was identified by a classmate as having black skin. “Trump doesn’t like black people,” the little girl told her, “so you lose.” My daughter said the girl went around pointing out the other “black” children — they were …

Parenting

How I Got My Attention Back

Technology is commanding our attention in infinite, insurmountable loops. A country trip off-grid helped me escape.<p><i>There are a thousand beautiful</i> …

Mind

The Death of the Tunnel Tree

Early last Monday morning, a friend of mine sent news that a tree we knew, a sequoia, had collapsed in a winter mountain storm. I was in New York, where two inches of hard snow sat on cars and tree branches that themselves looked like death. He was in Northern California, near the place where we …

Forests

BBC News - The medal detective

The medal detective<p>By Vibeke Venema<br>21 December 2016<p>Few things mean as much to soldiers as their medals. But if the medals get lost, how do they find their way home? That’s where Major Zachariah Fike comes in.<p>When Zachariah Fike returned from Iraq in 2006, he needed a hobby to stop his mind …

Veterans

Just how smart is an octopus?

<i>Callum Roberts is a professor of marine conservation at the University of York in Britain and the author of “The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea.”</i><p>“<i>The two of you look at each other. This one is small, about the size of a tennis ball. You reach forward a hand and stretch out one finger,</i> …

Octopuses

Ted Chiang’s Soulful Science Fiction

With just fourteen short stories and a novella, the author behind the recent film “Arrival” has gained a rapturous following within the genre and beyond.<p>In the early nineteen-nineties, a few occurrences sparked something in Ted Chiang’s mind. He attended a one-man show in Seattle, where he lives, …

Science Fiction

NBA - The unabridged story of one brilliant LeBron play

CLEVELAND -- Midway through the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' third game of the season -- an Oct. 29 affair against the visiting Orlando …

Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106

When Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened in 1942, critics praised its spare, haunting visual style, vastly different from anything Disney had done before.<p>But what they did not know was that the film’s striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the …

Obituaries

Understand the Energy Department Before Closing It

When you hear the name “Rick Perry,” you might recall that time during the 2012 Republican presidential primary race where he forgot the name of a government agency he wanted to eliminate. After saying he wanted to ax the Department of Commerce and the Department of Education, he blanked on the …

Renewable Energy

Gentrification and Junk Food: Chopped-Cheese Edition

Were we to review the year in terms of gastronomic controversies, we might begin and end with the debate over chopped cheese. If your life in New York is purposely dull and cloistered, confined to the Caviar meal-delivery service, Showtime and the obsessive monitoring of Brooklyn real estate …

Junk Food

The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does

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An oral history of 'Get a Mac,' Part 1

How an excruciating seven-month quest for an idea Steve Jobs didn't hate gave birth to one of the funniest, most effective campaigns in Apple's …

Steve Jobs

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a …

Scientists Make Discovery About World’s Silt Deposits But Understand If You Aren’t Interested In That

BOULDER, CO—A team of geologists from the University of Colorado announced at a press conference Wednesday that they had made a significant discovery …

Science

The Lost Art of Painting on Cobweb Canvases

As far back as the 16th century, monks and peasants wandered the secluded Puster Valley fortressed by the icy mountains of the Tyrolean Alps in …

Painting

'Once in a lifetime find': Dinosaur tail discovered trapped in amber

(CNN)The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur has been found entombed in amber, an unprecedented discovery that has blown away scientists.<p>Xing Lida, a Chinese paleontologist found the specimen, the size of a dried apricot, at an amber market in northern Myanmar near the Chinese border.<p>The …

Paleontology

The Age of Donald Trump and Pizzagate

When trying to understand what has befallen Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., over the past few weeks, should one start with the gun or with the lies? Both are durable; both are dangerous. The gun is an AR-15-style assault rifle that a man, reportedly a twenty-eight-year-old …

John Podesta

The Real Risk Behind Trump’s Taiwan Call

If you work in foreign affairs, you learn that a highly unexpected event is often the result of intent or incompetence. (You also learn that what looks, at first, like intent often turns out to be incompetence.) In the Donald Trump era, we may need a third category—exploitation—which has elements …

Taiwan

The Binge Breaker

Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.<p>On a recent evening in San Francisco, Tristan Harris, a former product philosopher at Google, took a name tag from a man in pajamas called “Honey Bear” and wrote down his pseudonym for the night: …

Silicon Valley

The Short Life and Shattering Death of Joe McKnight

In professional football, careers are short and everybody’s young, but on the New York Jets six years ago nobody seemed younger than Joe McKnight. After being drafted in the fourth round out of U.S.C., in 2010, the halfback showed up at his first rookie camp with a reputation for immense physical …

New York Jets

Snakes versus dragons: how we filmed this sequence for Planet Earth II

Cameraman Richard Wollocombe reveals what it took to capture the stand-out sequence of Galapagos racer snakes hunting baby marine iguanas en masse<p>We filmed this sequence over a period of two years, in two trips to Galapagos of about 18 filming days each, adding up to around 400 hours of field time. …