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See the Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts in Existence

Feel free to judge these books by their covers.<p>There are treasures to be found inside many medieval manuscripts, from pointing hands to menageries of …

Atlas Obscura

The 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

Eating vegetarian at home: Endless options. Eating vegetarian while traveling: Do you want the side salad or the cheese pizza? But if you do a little …

4 Surprising Facts About the Universe We Just Discovered in a Cosmic Breakthrough

News from space always arrives late — and in a discovery announced Monday, that meant 130 million years late.<p>It was that long ago that two neutron …

Universe

'The Walking Dead' Season 8: Everything You Need to Know

From how the upcoming 'All Out War' storyline will change things to why this may be the 'TWD' comeback season we've been waiting for<p>Last October, <i>The</i> …

TV Series

The Eerie Light in the London Sky: Pictures

England

‘Bone Music’: The revival of making albums made from X-rays

Music etched onto the film of X-rays was the only way some rock-and-roll lovers in the former Soviet Union could listen to certain tunes. It’s called “bone music.” Now, people trade these old relics online and visit museums to see them.<p>And one Los Angeles record label is reviving the practice, …

Soviet Union

20 Stylish Bathroom Design Ideas

Go big in your home's smallest room.<p>A few key design choices can update the vibe of your bathroom in a snap. Want a clean, modern look? All-over …

Interior Design

9 Modern Homes Made Out of Shipping Containers

These shipping containers have left their itinerant lives as vessels that carried goods around the world, only to be reborn as structural and design elements of modern homes.

Architecture

13 spooky science stories

Tis the season, after all.<p>It's Friday. It's also Friday <i>the 13th</i>. And it's <i>also</i> October, A.K.A. Halloweentember. You know what that means: it's time for some spoOooOooOooky science stories. Here are 13 of the most shudder-inducing tales we could find in the <i>Popular Science</i> vaults.<p>A mysterious …

Science

How Essential Oils Became the Cure for Our Age of Anxiety

Twenty years ago, Carla Cohen fell mysteriously ill. She couldn’t put her finger on what was wrong; it felt as though some conspiracy between her mind and her body were eroding her capacity to work. Cohen, who was an entertainment executive in Los Angeles, woke up every morning feeling weak and …

Essential Oils

The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA

<i>This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.</i><p>In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug …

Government

How the Astros Built a Contender From the Ground Up

HOUSTON — His bumbling team was 40 games under .500. Eleven times, the Houston Astros had pushed a game into extra innings. Eleven times, they had lost. This was an August morning in 2012, and few fans would show up to Minute Maid Park later that night. The Astros would be shut out and lose for the …

Alex Bregman

Nike’s Chief of Design Doodles All Day

In the latest installment of this series that goes inside the private working worlds of designers, John Hoke, the chief design officer of Nike, discusses his dyslexia made him look at the world differently, why he doodles and how he manages 1,000 designers. The interview has been edited and …

Sneakers

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Bullet Journaling

Staying organized seems easy from afar. Write a daily to-do list, use a calendar, don't take notes on random scraps of paper: these suggestions sound …

Productivity

Nobody Thinks About eBay

Even with 171 million users, the online shopping giant is grasping for relevancy.<p>“Fill your cart with color,” read several giant billboards standing high above San Francisco’s highways this summer. Down below, in the city’s underground BART stations, loud posters with proclamations like, “Shop like …

eCommerce

Italy’s Trouble With Terrorists

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly warns more terrorists are heading to Europe. Will they feel safe in Italy? Many who’ve carried out attacks across Europe have ties there.<p>ROME—On October 7, Anis Hannachi seemed to feel perfectly at ease riding his bicycle through the center of the quaint …

Terrorism

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from <i>doing</i> to <i>leading</i>. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities …

Management

Read this and you may never eat chicken again

Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year<p>Every year I spend some time in a tiny apartment in Paris, seven storeys above the mayor’s offices for the 11th arrondissement. The Place de …

Microbiology

Here Come the Drones

Our love/hate relationship with tiny mechanical flying things<p>Last weekend, while hiking with my wife on an otherwise beautiful Sunday, a drone buzzed by.<p>I don’t know about you, but these days we’re frequently seeing amateurs flying the things in parks, at the beaches, and in school yards. A few …

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef publicly disclosed a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol today. Most devices and routers currently rely on WPA2 to encrypt your WiFi traffic, so chances are you’re affected.<p>But first, let’s clarify what an attacker can and cannot do using the …

Wi-Fi

Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii: Pictures

Australia

The Hidden Battle of the Sexes at Work - WSJ

By<p>Vanessa Fuhrmans<p>Vanessa Fuhrmans<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Vanessa.Fuhrmans@wsj.com<p>For all the effort employers are pouring into advancing women in the workplace, why are they making so little headway?<p>One big obstacle: Men and women are at odds over whether there even <i>is</i> a problem to begin …

Diversity

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

Bob Weinstein Gets Emotional on "Depraved" Harvey, Saving the Company and His "Waking Nightmare" (Exclusive)

The Weinstein Co. exec insists he had no idea about "the type of predator that he was" and is sickened by Harvey’s seeming lack of remorse. "I want …

Bob Weinstein

'Katrina brain': The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Long after a big hurricane blows through, its effects hammer the mental-health system.<p>NEW ORLEANS — Brandi Wagner thought she had survived Hurricane Katrina. She hung tough while the storm’s 125-mph winds pummeled her home, and powered through two months of sleeping in a sweltering camper outside …

Mental Health

Men's and women's brains react differently when helping others, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is pleasure in both giving and receiving. Does gender influence which of these pleasures we prefer?<p>In women, part of the brain showed a greater response when sharing money, while in men, the same structure showed more activity when they kept the cash for themselves, a small study …

The Brain

The unlikely role of true crime podcasts in criminal justice reform

While the true crime genre has long been established in literature and television, and its broad popularity continues on today with recent hits like <i>The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story</i><i>,</i> HBO’s<i>The Jinx</i><i>,</i> and Netflix’s <i>Making a Murderer</i>, the genre has made new waves in an unsuspecting …

Podcasting

José Altuve Isn’t Supposed to Be the Best Player in the American League

It’s been 12 years since the last time the Astros got to the league championship series. It’s been so long that they were in the <i>National</i> League …

Carlos Correa

The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

Bodyweight Exercise

This Company Is Trying To Disrupt The Braces Industry And Dentists Are Fighting Back

SmileDirectClub offers to straighten your teeth at a fraction of the cost of braces, without a visit to the dentist. But orthodontists claim the company has endangered the oral health of tens of thousands of people.<p><b>Dentists are waging</b> a war against SmileDirectClub, a startup whose mail-order …

Health Care