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The 9 Best Smart Home Products of 2017

From a robotic vacuum cleaner to the best new smart scale on the market, AD helps you bring up the IQ of your home<p>With the trifecta of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the winter holidays around the corner, it is the perfect time to give back to the one place that has always taken care of you and …

Automation

The Legend of Julio Jones: How the Falcons WR Became One of the NFL's Very Best

<i>There’s a story I need to tell you, but you’re probably not going to believe it. It begins in September 1901, when John Burton Foley journeyed from</i> …

Julio Jones

Inside Nathan Myhrvold's 'Modernist Bread,' The $625 Bread Bible

A visit to Intellectual Ventures Laboratory evokes the most classic imagery you’d ever associate with a top secret scientific lair. Upon entering its large nondescript headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, you are immediately ushered through a neon-lit, slick white tunnel entry way that funnels …

Gluten

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

China

Amazon's Last Mile

<i>Who delivers Amazon orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on</i> …

Uber

Life under Kim Jong Un

Recent North Korean escapees relate how the secretive country has changed under the “Great Successor.”

North Korea

Kate's Still Here

Deloy Oberlin didn't know how much time his wife had left, but he knew he wanted to spend their final days together fulfilling her last wish.<p>For three days during a humid stretch of July in Newton, North Carolina, cars lined up along the dirt road outside the home of Deloy and Kate …

Janis Joplin

Who benefits? Mixed messages on the GOP tax plan

WASHINGTON — For months, the White House boasted the rich would not benefit from its tax plan. Now they're singing a different tune.<p>Depending on the moment, the president and top aides have described the Republican plans in two very different ways: as a reverse Robin Hood scheme that takes from the …

Equality

Where is all the good affordable furniture?

In the Ikea era, makers and buyers face a disconnect<p>John Humphrey’s family is in the millwork business, assembling cabinets, stairs, and doors—and over every summer growing up in Rhode Island, Humphrey worked with them. That experience led Humphrey to found Greycork, a furniture startup, in 2013. …

Furniture

I've Been On the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Fitness Journey

I’ve been doing the Ruth Bader Ginsburg workout for almost a month and I am pleased to announce that I am now extremely hot and plan to live forever.<p>You may think that that’s not enough time for me to have a complete total body transformation like a late 90s Ryan Reynolds, or a mid-2000s Chris …

Fitness

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of November 13, 2017)

This week, a shooting rampage in Northern California claimed the lives of at least five people and injured 10 others. The gunman was identified as Kevin Janson Neal, who murdered his wife before the shooting incident.<p>Later in the week the House passed the GOP tax bill with $1.5 trillion overhaul in …

See the Secret Underground Chamber Where Michelangelo Drew on the Walls

For about two months in 1530, Michelangelo hid out in a secret chamber beneath the Medici Chapels in Florence’s Basilica di San Lorenzo, seeking …

Rome

The best Thanksgiving podcasts for your holiday drive

<i>Looking for something new to listen to while you drive to work/go for a walk/wash the dishes? We're here for you. In weekly series Podcast Pick, we're highlighting a podcasts, audio personalities or specific stories worth hearing.</i><p>This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for podcasts that help pass the …

Podcasting

The Weekend: Nov. 17-19, 2017

By Flipboard Features | Kick back with long articles and entertainment guides galore.<p>DC vs. Marvel: Why the Rivalry Is Bigger than 'Justice …

The True Story of Refugees in an American High School

Helen Thorpe | <i>The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom</i> | November 2017 | 14 minutes (3,444 words)<p>On the first day …

Simon & Schuster

The brave new world of political conspiracy-theory illustrations

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) presented Attorney General Jeff Sessions with a shocking visual during a House hearing on Tuesday: a flowchart showing a complex system of interactions between the administration of President Barack Obama, the Russians and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.<p>The …

Propaganda

Reckoning With Bill Clinton’s Sex Crimes

Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?<p>The most remarkable thing about the current tide of sexual assault and harassment accusations is not their number. If every woman in America started …

Bill Clinton

13 of the World's Greatest Kiteboarding Spots

Catch the wind in these destinations promising perfect weather, water, and vibes.<p>Ask 50 people to list the world’s best kiteboarding spots and you’ll hear 50 different views. But one thing is certain: Nothing beats the pure feeling of harnessing the power of the wind to ride. For those who have …

Beaches

Asian-American Cuisine’s Rise, and Triumph

On the plate, the egg looks like an eye plucked from a baby dragon. The yolk is the green-black of smoked glass, with a gray, nearly calcified halo, trapped in an oval of wobbling amber and emitting the faintest whiff of brimstone.<p>So begins the $285, 19-course tasting menu at Benu in San Francisco. …

Restaurants

Why are children’s authors eccentric?

The writers of Eloise, Goodnight Moon and more pushed boundaries of behaviour. Dark episodes in their pasts may have proved fruitful, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>As new parents and anyone who’s ever gone rummaging through their old childhood libraries quickly realises, much of the best literature for …

Books

Regrets? Chris Christie Has a Few.

Trump never gave him his dream job. He’s unpopular at home. But he’s as defiant as ever. New Jersey’s bombastic governor sits down with POLITICO for an epic exit interview.<p>TRENTON—Chris Christie had some thoughts on how I should write this article.<p>“You should break out of leading with ‘the most …

Elections

More than a kneeling: Nascar's TV ratings decline is as worrying as the NFL's. Why?

The fans of America’s two most popular sports skew older and lean conservative. So if protests are to blame for the NFL’s ratings erosion, what’s Nascar’s excuse?<p>The American couch potato has an insatiable appetite for sound and fury, and Sundays in the fall are a feeding frenzy. On one side of the …

Motorsport

Aerial Pictures Reveal a Wild Arctic Wonderland

Florian Ledoux wants his photography to tell the story of the region, and help to save it in the process.<p>Wild and bracingly beautiful, the Arctic captured photographer Florian Ledoux’s heart at age ten. “The scale of the landscape and the incredible species that live there draw me to the Arctic. I …

Global Warming

In Cold Blood Family Breaks Their Silence: Why They're Speaking Out Now About Infamous Slayings

Long before <i>Making a Murderer</i> or <i>Serial</i> captivated audiences, there was <i>In Cold Blood —</i> Truman Capote’s non-fiction account of a Kansas family’s brutal …

Crime

Asgardia, the world's first 'space nation', takes flight

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first "space nation" has taken flight.<p>On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.<p>The "nanosat" -- it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread -- undertook a two-day journey from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, …

Exploration

The 15 Quickest Cars of the 21st Century (So Far)

Bugatti

NYC taxi drivers pose for pin-up calendar

Uber

From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.<p>World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.<p>Of course, …

Psychology

101 Ways to Make $1,000

Without skipping your daily Starbucks run.<p>By <b>Alicia Adamczyk, Kaitlin Mulhere, Elizabeth O’Brien and Kerri Anne Renzulli</b><p>We’d all like to finish next …

Money

How Vans Became the Shoes Everyone’s Wearing—Again

In the early 2000s, the Southern California brand was irrelevant. Now it’s a $2.3 billion global powerhouse worn by pretty much everyone.<p>Back in 2002, when Rian Pozzebon, who was then a relative unknown in the sneaker community, got the offer to join Vans and help rebuild the brand’s ailing skate …

Shoes