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How RFID tags became trendy

As far as wireless technologies go, radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the oldest. Patented in 1983 by the late British inventor Charles Walton, RFID made it possible for new, cutting-edge tech such as near-field communication (NFC) to exist. As with NFC, RFID chips are used to store …

Trends

Hauntingly Surreal Sculptures of Split Figures Holding Hands

Renowned for his surreal approach to figurative sculpture, artist Anders Krisár explores the duality of human nature in his work. Though the multidisciplinary artist experiments with various motifs and mediums, his bronze sculpture series features his most revisited theme: the human body split in …

Art

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. The ‘‘Unite the Right’’ Facebook page, which had been used to organize the rally in Charlottesville, was removed the day before the event was scheduled, forcing planners to disperse to other platforms to organize. …

Censorship

Is America Finally Ready for the Bidet?

You can make the case for bidets in a few different ways.<p>First, there's the ecological argument: As in, if Americans use bidets instead of all that …

United States

The Women Who Are Changing the Face of The NFL

On the eve of this year’s training camp, Katie Sowers was packing and about to travel from Kansas City to San Francisco for a coaching internship …

Women's News

Transplantees Find Catharsis in Holding Their Old Hearts

An initiative reunites transplant recipients with their former organs for education and therapy.<p>Kamisha Hendrix’s heart lay on the table between us. Seventy days ago, this heart had been beating inside of her, back behind the dark scar that plunged into the neckline of her blouse.<p>“No—my heart …

Medicine

Turn on, tune in, drop by the office

The Silicon Valley avant-garde have turned to LSD in a bid to increase their productivity. Emma Hogan meets the people breakfasting on acid<p>Every …

Silicon Valley

End of the checkout line: the looming crisis for American cashiers

Donald Trump is fixated on a vision of masculine, blue-collar employment. But the retail sector has long had a far greater impact on American employment – and checkout-line technology is putting it at risk<p>The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence …

eCommerce

My Life at a Russian Propaganda Network

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>I thought they’d let me be a real journalist at Sputnik news. I was wrong.<p>“What would you do if we asked you to write something that wasn’t true?”<p>I was sitting in a …

Russia

‘It’s like everyone forgot’: On a familiar battlefield, Marines prepare for their next chapter in the Forever War

CAMP SHORAB, Afghanistan — In Marine Brig. Gen. Roger B. Turner Jr.’s office on this small, dusty base, there is a leather couch, a map of Helmand province and a white board marked with half a dozen goals. One of them reads: “Get thru fighting season.”<p>That aim — survival — demonstrates how modest …

Afghanistan

Apple's Winning iPhone Formula Is Perfecting Its Rivals Best Ideas

Better Late Than Never<p>While Apple invented the modern smartphone, it has since mostly played catch-up with competitors. A few times it got there …

Essential Phone

Where Statues Go to Retire

Humans have been building statues and taking them down for a very long time.<p>The ongoing controversy over Confederate statues, which has seen these …

History

Lady Liberty Meets The Jetsons: Frank Lloyd Wright's Futurist Dream For Ellis Island

After Ellis Island processed its last immigrant, Frank Lloyd Wright had a plan to turn it into a futuristic community that was part Jetsons-style luxury, part live-work colony.<p>Imagine what the view could have been like, looking out from your penthouse apartment on Ellis Island.<p>Across the water to …

Architecture

Who Gets Speeding Tickets and Why?

While we can't guarantee you won't get a ticket, here's what you can do to try to avoid getting pulled over.<p>As an attorney, I get asked all the time about what will and will not get you ticketed when driving. Are you safe driving 10 MPH over the speed limit? What about age? Who is most likely to …

Behind the Story: Wine Enthusiast’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2017

<b>Publication:</b> Wine Enthusiast<p><b>Story:</b> America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2017<p><b>Reporter and editor:</b> Nils Bernstein, Food Editor<p><i>Born and raised in Seattle, now based in New York City, world-traveled Nils Bernstein is food editor of Wine Enthusiast. For the past three years, he’s cooked up and shared</i> …

Highlights from the Little League World Series: Pictures

Art and Design Come Together in These 10 Examples of Inspirational Wall Murals

Lately, we've been noticing intricate murals turning up in projects everywhere, from the walls of dashing new hotels and beachside resorts to uplifting street art.<p>In fact, they've become important elements of many colorful public projects, particularly in large cities. However, we've also found …

For some reason, everyone was listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” today

North America had a fit of lunacy on Monday afternoon when a rare solar eclipse, the first to sweep from coast to coast in 99 years, caused traffic jams, medical emergencies, and wildlife dangers the continent over—and also led to a crazy spike in sun-themed music tastes.<p>Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 hit …

Moon

Research: Sleep Deprivation Can Make It Harder to Stay Calm at Work

When new managers and their employees meet for the first time, they begin to forge their working relationship, which will be a crucial factor in how they both experience work, how much they trust each other, and how effectively they can work together. You may have a direct report that you hold in …

Wellness

Stunning Images of the Solar Eclipse

We’re Curators and So Are You: How to Get What You Want Out of Your Flipboard

As the world’s largest curation platform and the one place for news around all your passions, there are many perspectives represented on Flipboard. There are perspectives from publishers, well recognized brands and thousands of independent sources sharing stories on our platform. Points of view are …

'Dirty Dancing' turns 30: Here are 6 things to know about the '80s classic

Fancy yourself as the ultimate "Dirty Dancing" fan? Do you read every "things you didn't know" list about the enduringly popular 1987 classic starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze?<p>Well, stop reading those lists and check this one out — because you might not really know anything.<p>"The internet is …

Movies

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.<p>It begins with …

Emotional Intelligence

Are 'Vapor Wake' Dogs the Future of Concert Security?

A new breed of bomb-sniffing canines may detect a suicide bomber within a stadium of 50,000 people<p>For years, the idea of bomb-sniffing dogs has been …

Manchester Arena

Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years

A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that's been called the "Great American …

Total Solar Eclipse

The Best Solar Eclipse Memes (So Far)

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the full-blown solar eclipse mania that has taken over this past week. The rare celestial event (although according to Neil deGrasse Tyson, it’s actually not <i>that</i> rare) has caused a nation-wide furor: Special eclipse sunglasses have sold out …

Solar Eclipse

After Fox, Megyn Kelly Aims To Be a Force for Good

Megyn Kelly is excited about bonding with her fellow human beings. She’s so excited she’s bouncing in her chair, hands waving, as she talks about empowerment and laughter and tears. It’s a recent summer evening, and we’re in her living room on Manhattan’s Upper West Side—a simple space of modern …

Megyn Kelly

How a Journalist Uncovered the True Identity of Jihadi John

<i>Souad Mekhennet</i> | I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad |<i> Henry Holt & Company</i> |<i> June 2017</i> | <i>19 minutes (5,112 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is</i> …

Terrorism

Before Mayweather-McGregor, there was Ali-Inoki

The mixed martial arts fight that lives in infamy<p>After a year in the making, Saturday’s breathlessly anticipated bout between former five-division …

Boxing