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Estonia, the Digital Republic

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water’s edge. …

Ben Horowitz

Audi, Boeing, Glasgow School of Art, Jeff Koons and more: top creatives share their favourite work from 2017

If you follow The Drum on Instagram you may have noticed our feed has looked a little different the past 12 days...<p>From 1 December, we've been …

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See Rare Photographs Of Prince Before He Was Prince, and Just 19 Years Old

It's been 40 years since the photographer Robert Whitman heard an early demo of Prince's song "Soft and Wet," and became so taken with the musicians that he agreed to photograph him for a couple of Minneapolis music managers—even though at that point Prince Rogers Nelson, as he was then known, was …

Royal Family

‘A different dimension of loss’: inside the great insect die-off

Scientists have identified 2 million species of living things. No one knows how many more are out there, and tens of thousands may be vanishing before we have even had a chance to encounter them. By Jacob Mikanowski<p>The Earth is ridiculously, burstingly full of life. Four billion years after the …

Nature

How to Rebuild Puerto Rico

1. Round One<p>Fear hit Orlando Gonzalez only after the storm had already been battering his grandmother’s house for more than 12 hours. It wasn’t the …

Staten Island

This is How a Woman is Erased From Her Job

<i>A.N. Devers | Longreads | December 2017 | 26 minutes (6,577 words)</i><p>This is a story about a woman who was erased from her job as the editor of the most …

Journalism

The Year in Animal Accomplishments

Celebrating 10 of the greatest things creatures did in 2017.<p>The Twitter account We Rate Dogs does indeed rate dogs. The lowest rating it has ever …

Australia

Millennials Are Screwed

Credits<p>Story - Michael Hobbes<p>Michael is a contributing writer for Highline.<p>Typography - Jason Wong<p>Jason is an art director and graphic designer based in suburban New Jersey.<p>He is also a part of the lettering sketch blog Friends of Type.<p>Spiritual Guide - Becky<p>Becky is an 8-bit creation living in …

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How Bossip Smashed Headline Conventions to Smithereens

Out of the typhoon that was Alabama’s special senate election, it was black women in particular who showed up in force for Doug Jones, the Democratic …

Michael B. Jordan

39 Movies, TV Shows, Albums, And Podcasts You Might Have Missed In 2017

Take a break from reading Best of the Year lists to discover some of the stuff that fell between the cracks.<p>Not only have we reached the era of Peak TV, but it’s starting to look like that episode of <i>The Simpsons</i> where Homer climbs to the summit of an enormous mountain (The Murderhorn), only to …

TV

This Flower Art Is The Most Beautiful Thing You'll See All Day

This Russian artist makes drinking a cup of tea look like a beautiful work of art.<p>For her photography series "Floral Tea Story," Marina Malinovaya …

Flowers

2017 Was an Astounding Year for Space Images

From super moons to Saturn’s rings to distant galaxies.<p>One of the best ways to experience wonder in 2017 was to look up. In August, Eclipse Madness …

Astronomy

The Best Things We Bought in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we at Wirecutter are reopening our blog. As people who are truly passionate about how the things we own affect our lives, …

Shopping

9 Differences Between Older Millennials & Younger Millennials

If you're reading this, there's a strong chance you (like me) are a millennial, though you may not identify with all of the generational traits …

Millennials

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of December 11, 2017)

A terror attack was attempted in New York City this week, when an ISIS-inspired attacker sought to detonate a pipe bomb in a walkway below the Port Authority Bus Terminal. No one was killed but five people were treated for minor injuries.<p>The Alabama election captured much of the national attention …

10 Secrets of Christmas Tree Farmers

A Christmas tree may occupy a corner of your living room, and your consciousness, for only a few weeks each winter. But it and its evergreen ilk are …

Mental Floss

How Outlander's Sam Heughan Created a Whole New Breed of Superfan - Heughan’s Heughligans

Dec 3, 2017<p>Donna Pfister and her friends arrived outside of Macy’s in New York’s Herald Square at 5:20 in the morning. They had come into the city …

TV

Rocket Men: The Team Building North Korea’s Nuclear Missile

North Korea’s nuclear missile progress has stunned the world. Here are some of the scientists behind it.

North Korea

Tracing the Origins of Gucci and His Artist

Art has become ubiquitous at Gucci under creative director Alessandro Michele and his artistic sensibility. The cult appeal of the brand's artist …

David Rockefeller and the Largest Art Auction of All Time

In March, David Rockefeller, the last surviving grandchild of robber baron John D. Rockefeller, died at the age of 101. As Christie’s prepares to auction his massive and prestigious collection, Vanity Fair looks into the collection’s origins.<p>When David Rockefeller died, last March, at the age of …

Artists

The trials of Jacob Zuma

By Andrew Harding<br>5 November 2017<p>South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is about to find out who will replace him as leader of the ANC.<p>The winner is likely to take over as president of the country in 2019.<p>It could be the end of an era for a man whose rule has split South Africa down the middle.<p>This …

South Africa

Bitcoin: New Financial System or Same Old Boys' Club?

As the price of Bitcoin soared to record highs this week—$10,000, $15,000, then $17,000—the meteoric rise that turned early investors into paper …

Bitcoin

AI Is Learning How To Make You Cry At The Movies

New research can predict how plots, images, and music affect your emotions while watching a movie.<p>Every time I think AI can’t surprise me any more, new research arrives to prove me wrong. Yesterday, scientists at the MIT Media Lab announced that they’ve taught a machine how to manipulate our …

MIT Media Lab

The California fires were at my door. I had 20 minutes to pack. Here’s what I took.

The elementary school thought experiment became my reality.<p>When I was a child, one of my teachers gave us a writing assignment called “The Box.” We were supposed to write down five things, and only five, that we would take with us from a burning house. I don’t remember what I wrote down, but I do …

Minimalism

The final GOP tax bill is complete. Here’s what is in it.

Republicans were joyful Friday as they finalized their tax plan, bridging differences between the House and Senate bills and moving another step closer to getting legislation to President Trump by Christmas.<p>They also appear to have locked down the votes they need to pass the measure through the …

Equality

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction

The first time I met Phil, there was instant chemistry between us. It was the spring of 1999, and he was interviewing me to be the costume designer for a play he was directing—his first—for the Labyrinth Theater Company, <i>In Arabia We’d All Be Kings</i>. Even though I’d spent the five years since moving …

Love

Longreads Best of 2017

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring . Here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our weekly Top 5 email.</i><p><i>If you like these, you can</i> …

Journalism