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A Guide to the Most Sneakily Intriguing Oscar Category

One of the highlights of last year’s Oscars was the Iranian film <i>The Salesman</i>’s win in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Director Asghar …

Asghar Farhadi

Live’s not dead: 21 great live albums from the 21st century

In May 1968, Johnny Cash released <i>Live At Folsom Prison</i>, a recording of a raucous, emotionally charged performance before a group of grateful inmates …

Loretta Lynn

'I Loved 'Em All.' Inside Billy Graham's Powerful Relationship With U.S. Presidents

It was January, 2006 the first time we went to visit Billy Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina for several days of conversation; we …

Lyndon Johnson

Japanese “forest medicine” is the art of using nature to heal yourself—wherever you are

The fountain of youth is a forest. Trees cast off years and grant health and cheer, or so transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson claimed in his 1836 essay “Nature.” “In the woods,” he wrote, “I feel that nothing can befall me [. . .] which nature cannot repair.”<p>Indeed, research shows that trees …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shooting roils gun politics in NRA-friendly Florida

Major moves unlikely, but 'nonstarters are now in play,' says top Republican.<p>MIAMI — The state of Florida, long a laboratory for the National Rifle Association, brought America its first major concealed-weapons law and Stand Your Ground, not to mention policies like a prohibition on doctors asking …

Guns

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><i>"Dear Jeff,</i><i>"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</i> …

Tim Ferriss

A star reborn: Mirai Nagasu reclaims her Olympic story

Mirai Nagasu was a national champion at 14 and rejected by the sport at 20. Now 24, can the figure skater transcend her past to claim a medal?

Mirai Nagasu

How ProPublica Became Big Tech’s Scariest Watchdog

The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.<p>Facebook is a political battleground where Russian operatives work to influence elections, fake news runs rampant, and political hopefuls use ad targeting to reach swing voters. We …

Internet

U.S. Colleges Are Separating Into Winners and Losers

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 sit just 300 miles apart face very different circumstances.<p>Clemson, a large research …

College & University

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

Dogecoin: A cryptocurrency joke that somehow turned real

Here's how Dogecoin went from a joke-equivalent of bitcoin to one of the world's most valuable cryptocurrencies -- before it all came crashing down.<p><i>This is part of "Blockchain Decoded," a series looking at the impact of blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency on our lives.</i><p>June 22, 2014. Jackson …

Cryptocurrency

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, fasting for days, 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 keeps …

Diabetes

Amateur Astronomer Spots Supernova Right as It Begins

Amateur astronomer Victor Buso was testing his camera-telescope setup in Argentina back in September 2016, pointing his Newtonian telescope at a …

Astrophysics

Like Lemons? Quinoa? Thank This Food Explorer For Bringing Them To Your Plate

Botanist David Fairchild grew up in Kansas at the end of the 19th century. He loved plants, and he loved travel, and he found a way to combine both into a job for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.<p>At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the USDA, and for …

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Behind the Scenes of How Chocolate Is Actually Made

In recent years, Brazil has become a leader in the international chocolate market: It is the seventh-largest cacao producer in the world, known for …

Dessert

Traveling Couple Embroiders All the Charming Architecture They Come Across

Partners in both life and art, French-Swedish textile artists Charles Henry and Elin Petronella create embroidery designs inspired by architecture. Together known as Le Kadre, their aim is to “inspire and motivate people to create.” Each embroidered cityscape illustrates the couple’s travels, …

Copenhagen

The Best Coming-Of-Age Movies

Growing up is hard to do. Before "adulting" — that is, clumsily impersonating our role models and pretending we have our lives together — became a …

Retirement

Dancing on Ice on Day 11 at the Olympics: Pictures

Winter Olympics

Hand-painted illustrations from New York Fashion Week autumn/winter 2018

As we did in the fall, <i>Mic</i> has once again teamed up with our go-to fashion illustrator James Skarbek to hand paint some of our favorite looks from the …

Prabal Gurung

The 50 Best Jazz Guitarists Of All Time

Even the very best jazz guitarists rarely receive the attention and plaudits that the genre’s horn blowers – <b>saxophonists</b> and <b>trumpeters</b>, in particular …

Guitar

How I Get It Done: Gayle King

Gayle King is a busy woman. She starts her days co-hosting <i>CBS This Morning</i> (with Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson), and then heads over to the …

Gayle King

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 …

CNN

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

China’s great leap forward in science

Chinese investment is paying off with serious advances in biotech, computing and space. Are they edging ahead of the west?<p>I first met Xiaogang Peng in the summer of 1992 at Jilin University in Changchun, in the remote north-east of China, where he was a postgraduate student in the department of …

China

Process of Elimination

Karl Campbell is a craftsman bedeviled by bad tools. He’s a middle-aged, medium-size, muscular Australian with a five-day beard and an intense gaze …

Genetics

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 …

Architecture

Long Before Trump, We Were Obsessed With Presidential Hair

Back in the day, getting a lock of a president’s hair was cool, not creepy.<p>Americans have been curious about Donald Trump’s hair for a long time, and that curiosity has only increased since his election. But the fact is that Americans have had a thing for commander-in-chief coifs ever since George …

Hair

Missouri Fought For Years To Hide Where It Got Its Execution Drugs. Now We Know What They Were Hiding.

The state of Missouri did everything it could to keep secret where it got the drugs it used to put 17 inmates to death. Now, BuzzFeed News has discovered the supplier is a pharmacy repeatedly found to engage in hazardous practices that could put patients — and convicts — at risk.<p><b>The state of</b> …

Pharma

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Mind