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LaCroix, Sparkling Ice, Bai and beyond: Are fruit-flavored waters good for you?

There's no doubt that drinking lots of water is good for us. The many benefits of staying properly hydrated include glowing skin, enhanced mental function, a healthy immune system and the ability to recover faster after a good workout. While tap water is the simplest and cheapest way to hydrate, …

Nutrition

How watching the World Cup final might affect your health

Turns out, sports are an active hobby, even when you’re just watching them<p>France and Croatia’s soccer teams will face off this weekend in a World Cup final that’s sure to make pulses spike. After all, Apple Watches registered soaring heart rates when the World Cup match between Colombia and England …

Domestic Violence

Needle Exchanges, Once Radical, Need An Update To Survive In Rural America

Rural areas face unique barriers when they try to adopt urban harm reduction methods from the ’80s and ’90s.<p>On paper, Charleston, West Virginia, seemed like a prime candidate for a clean needle exchange.<p>In 2015, West Virginia had the highest drug overdose rate in the nation and the federal …

Public Health

Perspective | How to keep going after a mass shooter kills your husband

The text messages that begin arriving on June 28 end my ordinary life. “Where does your husband work?” “What’s happening in Annapolis?” “Have you seen the news?” My husband, John McNamara, is a reporter for the Capital Gazette. I am at my office, a government agency just outside Washington.<p>I …

University of Maryland

How Bo Burnham Turns Anxiety Into a Work of Art

This is a very sad and beautiful story,” says Bo Burnham. We are watching an instructional video on how to tie a necktie. The narrator is pointing …

Middle School

Fortnite Has Become the Instagram of Video Games

When Kylie Milligan met her boyfriend in their high school’s parking lot in May, she found him holding a sign that would be nearly incomprehensible …

Call of Duty

Forget the Cat Ladies, Meet the Plant Parents

When Hilton Carter went to Tulum for his honeymoon in April he had to secure a sitter. The person needed to be responsible, demonstrate strong attention to detail and have plants proven to still be alive.<p>The 38-year-old artist living in Baltimore currently has about 180 plants in his home. And …

Plants

Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society

In April 2014, a 16-year-old Kylie Jenner shared an Instagram in which she holds a large crystal in the shape of a pyramid. It barely fits in the …

Kylie Jenner

13 New Historical Fiction Books To Read If You Want To Escape 2018 For A Little While

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and I'm looking to escape the rest of the world for a little while. It's one one thing to take a social …

Books

The Absolute Coolest Flea Market In Your State

There's a little something for everyone, no matter where you go.<p>Who doesn't love a good flea market? A huge place you can wander and practically get lost in for hours, full of antiques, deals, and potentially magical finds — it doesn't get much better than that. Whether you're looking for the best …

Flea Markets

The secret to loving your life

Sometimes life sucks. Bad. Really bad. And you feel like you want a refund.<p>But, of course, we need to accept that Life Avenue is going to have its …

Self-help

The full story of Thailand’s extraordinary cave rescue

<b>On 23 June, 12 boys went exploring in Thailand's Chiang Rai province with their football coach - and ended up trapped deep inside a cave underneath a mountain. The BBC's Helier Cheung and Tessa Wong were at the scene as a dramatic rescue bid gripped the world.</b><p>What happened over those two weeks is a …

Swimming Pools

Branding Putin

MOSCOW<p>In Vladimir Putin’s push to build Russia’s global influence, one of his most potent weapons is his own image.<p>Power ploys<p>Understanding Russia’s global influence<p>Confidence in the Russian leader has risen in several countries since 2014<p>2014<p>2017<p>79%<p>Vietnam 69%<p>54<p>50<p>Greece 41<p>Philippines 38<p>South Korea …

Russia

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

Welcome to the weekend. If you’re a sports fan this is going to be a good one, with tennis and soccer finals coming at you. If not, well, it might be a good weekend to sleep late and catch up on some Emmy-nominated TV or just to read some fantastic journalism.<p><b>Grim task in California desert: Finding</b> …

Stormy Daniels

The Top 10 French Musicians

As the most aurally pleasing of the romance languages, it’s no wonder that much of French music is dominated by seductive singers and …

France

Pictures of the Week 7.12.18

Why Space Agencies Are Rushing Towards Asteroids

Why are space agencies from around the world becoming more interested in going to asteroids, and bringing materials back? Cheddar's Pat Jones takes a …

Space

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

07.10.18<p>07:00 am<p>When the young Mark Zuckerberg moved to Palo Alto in 2004, he and his buddies built a corporate proto-culture that continues to …

Silicon Valley

How 20-Year-Old Kylie Jenner Built A $900 Million Fortune In Less Than 3 Years

K<p>ylie Jenner sits at a dark-wood dining table at her mother’s home in Calabasas, California, flicking through display options for a forthcoming pop-up shop. The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner industrial complex needs to decide how to showcase products by her Kylie Cosmetics makeup …

Kylie Cosmetics

“Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the “eigenvector of a matrix,” humongous wealth, and extraordinary power.<p>In 1996, as the World Wide Web was taking off, <b>Larry Page</b> and <b>Sergey Brin</b> watched from …

Silicon Valley

How to Get Free Ice Cream for National Ice Cream Day 2018

All the free ice cream and deals you can score for National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, July 15th.<p>It’s no secret we <i>love</i> ice cream. It wasn’t long ago …

Dessert

A Radical Black Arts Renaissance Is Reshaping a Fractured St. Louis

You ought to be paying attention.<p>When I arrived at Damon Davis and Katherine Simóne Reynolds’s adjacent studios in South St. Louis, the artists were already deep in conversation. They finished each others’ sentences, like siblings for whom most thoughts don’t need to be spoken, as they talked about …

Tessa Thompson

Croatia’s Soccer Stars Should Be Heroes. Instead, They’re Hated.

Of all the Croatians in the world to miss a penalty shot, it had to be Luka Modric. After a flagrant foul in the round of 16 game against Denmark on …

Soccer

The Cockfighting Ring Raid That Upended a Small Town

The gamecock was small, but he was brave. He stretched out his neck, his feathers standing up around his head like a great, mottled red lion’s mane. …

Immigration

Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?

The new president of the New York City Transit Authority wants to make the trains (and buses) run on time. It won’t be easy.<p>On a cold Tuesday morning in March, Andy Byford, the president of the New York City Transit Authority, was working the subway turnstiles—the gates, as he calls them—at the …

Bill de Blasio

A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns

Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first …

Guns

Tesla’s Model 3 Is Elon Musk’s Hell

Will the Model 3 make Tesla a real car company?<p>On July 1, Elon Musk went home to sleep. The chief executive of Tesla Inc. had been camping out at his …

Tesla

Tower of secrets: the Russian money behind a Donald Trump skyscraper 

One October day in 2007, a celebrity real estate developer in a greatcoat and powder-blue tie alighted from a stretch limousine in Toronto’s …

Russia

The Mileage Run Isn't Dead, It's Moved to Premium Economy

Back in the old days (before 2014), travelers had it pretty good. It was possible to earn huge sums of miles and top-tier elite status for very …

British Airways