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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 …

World War II

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 …

Lebron James

Hall of Fame Voters Soften Stance on Stars of Steroids Era

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, two of the most successful players in baseball history, are among the former stars who were essentially blacklisted from the Hall of Fame because of their reputations as doping cheats. But now it appears that such players might end up enshrined in Cooperstown after …

Hall of Fame

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 …

Art

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 …

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 …

Food

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

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Politics

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 …

The Brain

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 …

Humor

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 …

Art

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

<b>(CNN) —</b> 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 …

Geography

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

34-Year-Old Asks For Big Piece

A report released Monday by the Food and Drug Administration stated that the majority of peanut butter sold in the United States contains trace …

Humor

The making of an All Black: how New Zealand sustains its rugby dynasty

A country of just four million is home to arguably the most dominant team in sport. But how do the All Blacks remain at the pinnacle more than 100 years after the ‘Originals’ established their supremacy?<p>‘A death in the family’<p>His full title is Sir Graham Henry, but everyone calls him Ted. Even …

Rugby Union

Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps

The messaging app Snapchat allows motorists to post photos that record the speed of the vehicle. The navigation app Waze rewards drivers with points when they report traffic jams and accidents. Even the game Pokémon Go has drivers searching for virtual creatures on the nation’s highways.<p>When …

Autos

What It Would Take to Set American Kids Free

“Play freely at your own risk,” a well-known sign at Tokyo’s oldest adventure playground, Hanegi Playpark, reads. All three elements—play, freedom, risk—are in ample evidence at Kodomo Yume Park, a newer addition to the city’s play infrastructure. There’s an open space where young kids are building …

The Japanese Museum of Rocks That Look Like Faces

In Chichibu, Japan, two hours northwest of Tokyo, there’s an odd museum; perhaps the only one of its kind. It’s called the Chinsekikan (which means …

How Exercise Might Keep Depression at Bay

Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that …

A river of lost souls runs through western Colorado

<i>UNNATURAL CAUSES | SICK AND DYING IN SMALL-TOWN AMERICA: Since the turn of this century, death rates have risen for whites in midlife, particularly women. In this series, The Washington Post is exploring this trend and the forces driving it. Read the other stories in this series here.</i><p>LA PLATA …

Depression

Holloways: Roads Tunneled into the Earth by Time

<i>Sunken lane in Normandy, France (photograph by Jean-François Gornet/Flickr)</i><p>Appearing like trenches dragged into the earth, sunken lanes, also called …

Weird

An American Tragedy

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, …

The evolution of Arsenal’s Mesut Özil earns comparison with Bergkamp

Often criticised for being too languid and casual, Özil’s reinvention as a playmaker who has added striker’s runs looks intriguingly transformative<p>Basking in the glow of the masterpiece match-winner that was the talk of Europe this week, Mesut Özil made his way serenely, contentedly, back towards …