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How 6 Gender-Nonconforming People Navigate the Very Gendered World of Beauty

On the elevator, a 5-year-old in pigtails pokes her head out from behind her mom's legs. "Are you a boy or are you a girl?" she asks April Mellas, cofounder of the first genderless shopping app RiGIT (and full disclosure, my SO). The response is simple: "What do you <i>think</i> I am?" The little girl …

Non-binary

Japan’s Soccer Fans Clean Up After World Cup and Inspire Other Countries’ Fans to Do the Same

Japanese fans pick up trash after World Cup match<p>Attending a <b>World Cup</b> game is an undoubtedly exciting event—especially if your team comes out on top. To certain fans, however, celebrating a big win comes second to very different task: cleaning up the stadium.<p>During this year's World Cup in Russia, …

Soccer

What We’re Reading This Summer

“Maybe Esther,” by Katja Petrowskaja<p>This book took a long time to get to me. Katja Petrowskaja and I were close friends in Moscow in the nineteen-nineties. Then she moved to Berlin, and we have seen each other sporadically since. A couple of years ago, she published “Maybe Esther,” her first book, …

Books

Horrific Details on Syria Chemical Attacks Left Out, for Now, From U.N. Report

At least twice this year, the Syrian military fired Iranian-made artillery shells filled with a chlorine-like substance that oozed poison slowly, giving victims just a few minutes to escape.<p>In another attack, Syrian forces dropped a chemical bomb on the top-floor balcony of an apartment building, …

Middle East

The untold good news story of America today

<b>Political bickering has long been a roadblock to getting big things done in the US but a grassroots movement getting few headlines could yet herald a new American age of change.</b><p>A green giant in a loin cloth would seem an unlikely indicator for what some describe as a revolution under way in the …

Financial Services

How to Make Pesto like an Italian Grandmother

If you've ever tasted pesto in Italy you know that the pesto here in the United States just isn't the same. I received a lesson in how to make pesto …

Italian Food

Explained: Turkey's unprecedented snap elections

It’s guaranteed to be an election unlike any other. On Sunday, under the ongoing state of emergency, Turkish voters head to the polls for unprecedented snap elections. The results will determine two outcomes: a president with strong executive powers and a parliament with relatively reduced …

South Asia

The Total Skeptic's Guide to 'the World's Largest UFO Convention'

Ignore, ignore, and ignore until you can't ignore anymore.<p>It’s not often you find yourself in the presence of a spirit traveler and energy surgeon, someone who claims to “defy time and space daily” and is able to “repair hearts, spleens, livers, gallbladders, cancers, and bones” simply through the …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

The Trouble With Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp isn't here yet. Still, his presence is all around the 10,500-square-foot rented mansion at 16 Bishopswood Road in London's Highgate …

Alice In Wonderland

12 Edible Bugs That Could Help You Survive

In many parts of the world, eating bugs is commonplace. Insects are actually the most abundant protein source on the planet, and many of them boast …

Insects

Trump's Executive Order On Family Separation: What It Does And Doesn't Do

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday ending his administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents who were detained as they attempted to enter the U.S. illegally.<p>The action came after a firestorm of protest from administration opponents and allies, reacting …

Immigration

New Christo Installation in London’s Hyde Park: Pictures

Those Crazy World Cup Fans: Pictures

Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication

"The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko," the research center says, informing the world about the death of a gorilla who fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language.<p>Koko, who was 46, died in her sleep Tuesday morning, the Gorilla …

Robin Williams

Millennial Gray

A sweeping, somewhat inconsequential headline recently made the rounds: “More millennials drinking it up at home because going out is ‘too much …

Demographics

The most harassed women online share why they’re not logging off

<i>Editor's Note: This piece is part of an ongoing series exploring what it means to be a woman on the internet. The internet can be dark and full of</i> …

Feminism

The most important skill nobody taught you

Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability.<p>This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social …

Self-improvement

When Children Say They’re Trans

Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers.<p>Claire is a 14-year-old girl with short auburn hair and a broad smile. She lives outside Philadelphia with her mother and father, both professional scientists. Claire can come across as an introvert, but she quickly opens up, …

Mental Health

Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks?

Three years ago Dyan deNapoli, a 57-year-old author and TED speaker who specializes in penguins, was given a 23andMe genetic testing kit for her birthday. Intrigued, she spit in the tube and sent the results to a lab in Burlington, N.C.<p>About two months later she received a pie chart breaking down …

Genealogy

The Horses That Changed History

Beyond the modern skylines of Arabia and into the ancient expanse of Oman on the trail of the horses that started it all<p>By<p>Peter Gwin<p><i>Far & Away, from National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal.</i><p>The Enchanted Horse<p><b>THE ARABIAN BOLTED</b> at the moment I least expected and, now as I think about it, …

Horse Racing

The End of Dyslexia

I'm going to tell you a secret. It's something almost no one in my professional life knows. I'm dyslexic. Given that knowledge, my chosen …

Eye Tracking

Why China doesn’t dominate soccer

<i>Stefan Szymanski is a professor of sports management at the University of Michigan. He is the co-author of “Soccernomics” and “It’s Football, Not Soccer (and Vice Versa).”</i><p>The most populous nation on Earth is not playing in the 2018 World Cup. Soccer is China’s most popular sport, but its current …

Soccer

Activists Like No Justice No Pride Are Rising Up To Reclaim Pride 

Wriply Bennet, 29, a Columbus, Ohio visual artist who is black and transgender, initially had no intention of disrupting her city’s Pride parade last …

LGBTQI

Music's Fentanyl Crisis: Inside the Drug That Killed Prince and Tom Petty

"The road and the studio are the only places I've ever felt completely OK," Tom Petty told <i>Rolling Stone</i> last summer, explaining why he was launching …

Medicine

How your donation on Facebook is helping kids at the border

Online fundraising campaigns to benefit nonprofit groups like RAICES, the ACLU and KIND have raised millions in small donations<p>Charlotte and Dave …

Social Media

Can this “Drybar of Botox” disrupt the cosmetic injectables biz?

Alchemy 43 wants to take Botox and lip plumping out of the doctor’s office and into a nationwide chain of salons that does one thing: anti-aging injections.<p>On Los Angeles’s trendy West 3rd Street, between the fancy donut shops and designer boutiques, and not far from The Grove, you’ll find a space …

Skin Care