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3 Books That Explore Catalonia’s Fight for Independence

On Thursday, following Catalonia’s Oct. 1 referendum on independence, Spain promised to take emergency measures to suppress secessionist sentiment in the restive northeastern region, which has long sought independence from Spain. Here are two books that explore the historical and present context of …

George Orwell

My Search for L.A.'s Toughest Fitness Class

The last thought I have before I throw up in the bathroom of the CrossFit box is, <i>Oh, what a cliché. I’m about to throw up at CrossFit</i>. Then I throw up. I had rushed to the toilet after Coach Kevin remarked that I looked a little green, which he said just moments after yelling at me to “Give it all …

Fitness

Why So Many People Believe Conspiracy Theories

William of Occam would have hated conspiracy theories. A 14th-century philosopher and Franciscan friar, William is celebrated for developing the "law …

Conspiracies

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

China

The Islamic State: From Insurgency to Rogue State and Back

A look at what the Islamic State controlled at different stages of its military dominance.

Islamic State (ISIS)

The top 11 innovations in recreation this year

Ted Cavanaugh<p>Technology<p>Skis that fold in half, wool that glows, and a smokeless fire.<p><i>This article is a segment of 2017's Best of What's New list. For the complete tabulation of the year's most transformative products and discoveries, head right this way.</i><p>CAT7 Connect Bat<p>Buy Now!<p>Most bats approved …

Shoes

'Casting Couch': The Origins of a Pernicious Hollywood Cliché

How a seemingly innocuous phrase became a metonym for the skewed sexual politics of show business<p>The chorus of condemnation against Harvey Weinstein, as dozens of women have come forward to accuse the producer of serial sexual assault and harassment, has often turned on a quaint-sounding …

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend

T La Rock was one of the pioneers of hip-hop, an old-school legend sampled by Public Enemy and Nas. But after a brutal attack put him in a nursing home, he had to fight to recover his identity, starting with the fact that he’d ever been a rapper at all.<p>Photographs by<p><b>He was nervous.</b> He hadn’t been …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Don't Surrender, Reinvent: The New Mantra Of Small Biz In Puerto Rico

Just seven months ago, Puerto Rican chef Jose Sanchez opened the restaurant of his dreams: a place where you could feel like you were in Italy one day, and like you were in France the next.<p>He served up fusion cuisine and called it Pera Maraya. There was deconstructed ratatouille, caprese salad with …

Caribbean

A Sleep Scientist on the Vicious Cycle of Insomnia and Sleeping Pills

Maybe you’re one of the estimated 50 to 70 million Americans who suffer from sleep disorders, including insomnia; maybe you’re also among the 4 …

Wellness

Building Momentum: 10 Clever Examples of Color-Coded Circulation

<i>Looking to find perfectly colored circulation for your next project? Search stairs and railing options on</i> <i>Source, Architizer’s new community marketplace for building-products. Click here to see if you qualify — it’s free for architects.</i><p>Color orients and guides. When combined with elements like …

Los Angeles

Amazing Experiences Around the World That You Can Only Do in the Winter

Perhaps it's the shorter days, colder temperatures, and the need to get bundled up in eight layers before leaving the house, but people seem to …

Travel

Mix and Mold Your Own Bath Bombs

After completing this project you will have about 15 natural bath bombs to keep for yourself of share with others. This recipe is perfect for beginners interested in making their own bath bombs. You will discover how simple and fun it can be to create your own bath bombs and learn the basics to …

Recipes

11 Tea Lattes for Fancy Brunches or Chilly Fall Mornings

Nothing hits the spot like a flavorful, creamy drink when you first wake up in the morning. But if you don’t drink coffee, hot, iced, or nitro, it can be a little harder trying to figure out what to pour into your mug. Enter the tea latte. Made with herbal or caffeinated leaves and topped with …

Tea

From fishing to climbing: The best California state parks for all types

Nearly 300 state park units dot the varied landscape of California – that translates to about 1.6 million acres of protected land and the wildlife contained therein.<p>From the granite spires of Castle Crags to the pink and purple hills of Anza-Borrego, each state park offers unique natural delights, …

National Parks

Street Artist Turns Buildings into Gigantic Butterfly Specimen Cases

France-based street artist Mantra transforms multi-story buildings into gigantic butterfly specimen cases in a series of clever, trick-of-the-eye 3D murals. The enormous, hyper-realistic butterflies appear to be set within wooden-framed boxes, recessed into the side of each building. Long shadows …

Street Art

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of October 16, 2017)

A deadly ambush in Niger dominated the news this week after claiming the lives of four American service members and four Nigerien soldiers. Details of the episode are scarce and conflicting but reports say that the “Pentagon is trying to determine whether American forces diverted from their routine …

The new midcentury modern

To meet demand, developers are bringing back the ‘midcentury’ home<p>The most iconic image of midcentury American architecture is arguably Julius Shulman’s photo of the glass-walled Case Study No. 22 house in Los Angeles, which appears to float weightlessly, almost magically above the city. The appeal …

Mid-Century modern

George Michael Doc 'Freedom': 9 Things We Learned

Revealing new film on late superstar singer highlights thrills and perils of music industry and widespread success<p>Though most listeners know George …

George Michael

Birth of a White Supremacist

This summer, after a loose coalition of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and Confederate apologists announced that they would hold a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, promotional flyers began to circulate on the Internet. The flyers included a list of names: the self-proclaimed thought leaders who …

Racism

What Happens When Robots Act Just Like Humans

Love in the Time of Robots<p><b>Hiroshi Ishi­guro builds androids. Beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas. Academically, he is using</b> …

Robots

Can Rent the Runway ever become the Spotify of fashion?

If you believe Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway, her company is a major disruptor in fashion. It rents out designer clothes from some 500 different brands to subscribers who pay a monthly fee, allowing them to borrow a high-end wardrobe for much less than it would cost to actually buy. The …

Spotify

10 of the Most Terrifying Movie Trailers of All Time

Nothing can make the horrors of your life feel trivial quite like a good slice-and-dice horror movie. So to celebrate the Halloween season, we …

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

How Fire Has Shaped California’s Wine Industry

The wildfires in Napa and Sonoma are only the most recent fires to hurt the state’s wineries.<p>For 10 long days Jeff Morgan did not know the fate of one of his vineyards in Sonoma County.<p>Morgan, the co-owner of Covenant Wines in Berkeley, had spent part of Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Kenwood-area …

Wine

Kiwi Coffin Club Throws Glitter on the Idea of Dying

A growing number of New Zealand senior citizens are taking matters of death into their own hands through paint, song, and dance.<p>The show must go on! Or must it? The members of New Zealand’s quirky Coffin Clubs don’t think so. The clubs—which consist of Kiwi senior citizens who seek comfort, …

New Zealand

Explore Your Favorite Movie Worlds Through Beautiful, Hand-Painted Maps

See the geography and plots of Star Wars, Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings and more laid out from start to finish on these hand-painted maps.<p>Illustrating everything that happens in an action adventure movie like <i>Star Trek</i> on one page is like playing Tetris, according to artist Andrew DeGraff, who …

Star Trek

Orbiting Jupiter: my week with Emmanuel Macron

Is France’s new president a political miracle, or a mirage that is already fading away? By Emmanuel Carrère<p>The man does not perspire. I discovered that on 12 September, on the island of Saint Martin, a French territory in the Caribbean that had been devastated a few days earlier by Hurricane Irma. …

France

Inside the Quest to Become the Greatest Lumberjack in the World

The Joy of Ax:<p>Inside the Quest to Become the Greatest Lumberjack in the World<p>What professional lumberjacks can teach us about fitness, performance under pressure, and the evolving nature of manhood in 2017<p>he greatest American lumberjack is telling a tale—a tale about where he comes from, a tale …

Knives