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These basketball courts are out of this world

Cue the Space Jam theme song<p>With a standard layout and plenty of surface area to work with, basketball courts are ripe for mesmerizing transformations that challenge our sense of the familiar. A berry-beautiful makeover. An astoundingly intricate bamboo roof to contrast with the sleek floors. …

Manhattan

These Instagrams of Timothée Chalamet as Art Belong in the Louvre

The 23-year-old behind your new favorite Instagram account explains herself.<p>With his chestnut waves of hair, thoughtful eyes, rosebud lips, incredible cheekbones, and thick-ass eyebrows, Timothée Chalamet has the kind of face people write songs about. Or center a coming-of-age film set in the …

Timothée Chalamet

The Man With 15,000 Pieces of Chopstick-Wrapper Origami

A restaurant job turned into a collecting passion.<p>We’ve all fiddled with our chopstick wrappers when eating out at an Asian restaurant. Creating a …

Origami

Needle Felting Artist Crafts Hyperrealistic Cat Portraits

The traditional needle felting technique is becoming more and more popular among crafters, with many textile artists using wool’s fuzzy fibers to create charming sculpted creations. One creative to master this craft is Japanese artist Wakuneco, who creates hyper-realistic hand-felted cat faces.<p>Each …

Art

How the BBC Women Are Working Toward Equal Pay

When Carrie Gracie discovered that her salary was lower than that of her male peers, she blamed herself. But wage disparities are a social problem with far-reaching effects.<p>The first weeks of July, 2017, were especially intense for Carrie Gracie, the BBC’s China editor. She travelled seven thousand …

Gender

Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet

Gone are the days of burlap sacks and tattered hand-me-downs. Dressing green is going chic.<p>We’ve made strides in applying environmental and ethical practices to food (organic! Non- G.M.O! Locavarism!) and beauty (all-natural! Cruelty-free! Recyclable packaging!), but when it comes to greening our …

Sustainability

South America's Otherworldly Seabird

To save the tiny seabird, scientists are venturing to its secret home in the Atacama Desert—and sticking their noses into a lot of stinky holes in the ground.<p>The peninsula northwest of the industrial city of Antofagasta, on Chile’s northern desert coast, is haloed with seabirds in flight. Pelicans …

Nature

The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’more

My goal was simple, yet audacious: I wanted to figure out how to make the perfect s’more, that gooey campfire treat composed of chocolate bars and …

Dessert

'Boy or girl?' Parents raising ‘theybies’ let kids decide

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three-year-old twins Zyler and Kadyn Sharpe scurried around the boys and girls clothing racks of a narrow consignment store filled with toys. Zyler, wearing rainbow leggings, scrutinized a pair of hot-pink-and-purple sneakers. Kadyn, in a T-Rex shirt, fixated on a musical cube …

Parenting

How to Spend It: the shopping list for the 1%

On 7 October 1967, the Financial Times, then the most buttoned-up newspaper in Britain and quite possibly the world, discreetly added a regular new page to its Saturday edition. Buried deep inside the paper, behind the usual thicket of articles about share prices and companies and pensions, the …

Journalism

Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon

In Best Buy’s perfect world, all 380 of its new “in-home advisors” would park their clean, white Priuses in front of a customer’s house rather than …

Best Buy

The Sierra Club Declared War on Scott Pruitt—and Won

An inside look at how the environmental group’s campaign against Pruitt ended up uncovering his wildest misconduct.<p>Of Scott Pruitt’s many bad weeks …

Sierra Club

Inside Bannon's Plan to Hijack Europe for the Far-Right

Bannon is moving to Europe to set up The Movement, a populist foundation to rival George Soros and spark a right-wing revolt across the …

Europe

The Hidden Environmental Cost of Amazon Prime’s Free, Fast Shipping

Justin Sullivan / Getty<p>Amazon has changed the way Americans shop. This year, the e-commerce giant said its annual Prime Day sale was “the biggest …

University of Washington

Lorena Bobbitt’s American Dream

Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt made tabloid headlines 25 years ago as a marital nightmare turned castration punch line. Though their paths have diverged—advocacy work for her; Frankenpenis for him—their enmeshed stories speak to ultra-current issues of gender politics and celebrity culture.<p>The case …

Fake News

How the Obamas managed to become invisible in Washington

When Barack and Michelle Obama announced they were staying in Washington after eight years in the White House, there was a palpable buzz.<p>The conventional move for a post-presidency life is back home: a return to roots, a presidential library and distinguished service. No modern president has …

Michelle Obama

Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis

<b>Nearly everyone on Samish Island</b> knew Chuck Davis, a bighearted retiree who lived in the handsome gray shingle house with the best view of Samish …

Coast Salish

George Soros Bet Big on Liberal Democracy. Now He Fears He Is Losing.

<b>O</b>n a clammy Tuesday morning in Paris at the end of May, George Soros, the world’s second-most-vilified New York billionaire (but worth many billions more than the other one), addressed the European Council on Foreign Relations, an organization he helped found a decade ago. Described by the woman …

George Soros

Dead bodies, wild dogs, squatters in government-owned Detroit houses

At one end of Alpine Street, near Joy Road on Detroit's west side, Georgeia Elder and a friend live in a leaky trailer, their yard cluttered with a boat and a Cadillac Escalade with four ladders on the roof, a shopping cart and a lawn mower, a folding chair and a metal headboard. A pit bull, Lady, …

Crime

Aly Raisman takes the floor

<i>This story appears in the Heroes Issue of ESPN The Magazine. Subscribe today!</i><p>The first thing you notice when you walk backstage is how many people …

USA Gymnastics

The generation that grew up on Stephen King is taking him back

The author is going through a cinematic renaissance, thanks to directors who grew up as fans.<p>Stephen King is one of mainstream fiction’s great …

Horror

The Jackie Robinson of Rodeo

Eight seconds were all Myrtis Dightman needed to make history. It was 1967, the first weekend in April, and the lean 31-year-old cowboy lowered …

Texas

The Last Days of Blockbuster Video

He was the manager at Blockbuster and looked forward to coming to work. He loved his job, in all of its obsolescence. The silver name tag fastened to …

Blockbusters

Generation wealth: how the modern world fell in love with money

The value system changed completely. It wasn’t about who you are, but about what you are worth<p>You have to have £20m to live on The Boltons, no real people live here. You have to be an Arab prince, or an oligarch<p>There has been a sea change. We’re all complicit in generation wealth<p>Documentary …

Reality TV

The brain may clean out Alzheimer’s plaques during sleep

Sleep deprivation may speed up development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia

Memo From the Boss: You’re a Vegetarian Now

WeWork is no longer a safe space for carnivores.<p>Earlier this month, the co-working juggernaut announced that it was essentially going vegetarian. The company will no longer serve red meat, pork or poultry at company functions, and it will not reimburse employees who want to order a hamburger during …

Employment

'Death traps': Federal officials have warned about dangers from duck boats for two decades

Federal officials have warned tourists for nearly 20 years about the dangers posed by amphibious tour boats, which have spotty and sometimes contradictory safety regulations because they are neither entirely boat or bus.<p>“Duck boats are death traps on both on water and on land,” said Andrew Duffy, …

Ride the Ducks

The Best Stand-up Specials of 2018 (So Far)

Seven months into 2018 and there’s been enough stand-up specials streaming across nonlinear platforms to hold us over until next year. But it’s hard …

Comedy

Yara Shahidi on Art, Activism, and Making Red Carpets Meaningful

Yara Shahidi says she’s nothing like Zoey Johnson, the character she plays on <i>Grown-ish</i>. “Quite honestly, I’m a square,” she tells me one recent sunny morning at a café in Pasadena. “There are a lot of story lines on the show that just wouldn’t have been touched had we gone by ‘You know what? Zoey …

Arctic Monkeys