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SantaCon

This Awesome Transit Art Is Made Out Of Antique Wooden Escalators

Travelers have already nicknamed the piece “the stairway to heaven.”<p>When it was time to upgrade the gorgeous–but ancient–wooden escalators at Wynyard Station in Sydney, Australia, the government of New South Wales decided to do something different. Instead of trashing them, they chose to transform …

New South Wales

Modern Paris Seen Through Retro Porthole Windows of ‘Tours Aillaud’ High-Rises

Parisian photographer Laurent Kronental’s latest photo series, <i>Les Yeux des Tours</i>, captures life through the porthole windows of the Tours Aillaud—a social housing estate in the Pablo Picasso district of Nanterre. With 18 towers ranging from 7 to 38 stories high, the housing project accounts for a …

France

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

Maps

29 TV Deaths That Destroyed Your Emotions In 2017

🚨 WARNING: A YEAR OF SPOILERS AHEAD🚨

TV

The Fashion of ‘I, Tonya’ Goes Deeper Than Nostalgia

<i>I, Tonya</i> is the kind of film to watch without expectations. That’s a tall order, though, considering how cemented Tonya Harding is in the public consciousness and how much people know—or think they know—about the figure skater who achieved athletic greatness only to be banned from the sport …

Tonya Harding

The Football Team Without a Home

There was a moment in the first half of Sunday’s Browns-Chargers game when the home team gave out the new U2 album to a section of fans. (Yes, …

StubHub Center

What Happens When an Algorithm Helps Write Science Fiction

The machines sat empty in the dark. Only a single light was on when Anne and Ed entered. A lone searcher was staring at the Other planet1, his face …

Tahrir Square

The politics of pop music in 2017

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Politics permeated our culture in 2017. It wasn't just on our news channels, it was in our professional sports, our awards shows and late-night talk shows, and in our pop music.<p>Not all the political pop of 2017 was radio friendly, nor was it obvious or intentionally political. …

Katy Perry

The wounds they carry

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

WASHINGTON — Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up …

Elections

The Rise and Fall of Hype Machine, the Internet's Forgotten Fave

From starting one of the most popular music websites of the 2000s to struggling to keep the lights on, Hype Machine’s founder explains what the fuck happened.<p>“A juggernaut of growing influence,” “[one of] 100 essential websites,” “the future of all media” – in the late 2000s, Hype Machine was being …

Advertising

Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties

Along with a seemingly endless string of harassment and discrimination scandals, Silicon Valley’s homogeneity has a more trivial side effect: boring …

Silicon Valley

Roy Moore and the Invisible Religious Right

Last month, after several women had credibly accused her husband, Roy Moore, of trying to seduce them when he was in his thirties and they were in their teens, Kayla Moore published on her Facebook page an open letter, signed by about fifty Alabama pastors, supporting her husband’s candidacy for …

Religion

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray …

Agriculture

He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

Spencer Sleyon, a 22-year-old rapper and producer from East Harlem, and his friends were going around the room in October, talking about who their closest friends were.<p>When it was his turn, he said: “My best friend is an 81-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida.”<p>To be …

Relationships

The True Story Behind the Movie I, Tonya

Tonya Harding hasn’t professionally figure skated for more than two decades, but her name still evokes the highly publicized 1994 attack on fellow …

Nancy Kerrigan

Hopeful Images From 2017

After another year of news stories that produced photos that can often be difficult or disturbing to view, I’ve made it a tradition to compose an essay of uplifting images from the past year. The following are images of personal victories, families and friends at play, expressions of love and …

Taksim Square

What to Read Before You Binge-Watch Season 2 of The Crown

Need a refresh of Season 1? We’ve got you covered.<p>If you're like us, you're probably bingeing Season 2 of <i>The Crown,</i> released by Netflix on December 8, as quickly as possible (but elegantly, of course). The slow-burning crises of the royals, the costumes, the sets, the way the characters pronounce …

Royal Family

The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

A running list of all the lawmakers calling it quits, whether because of scandal or because they’re not planning to run again next year<p>If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements.<p>They’re often a leading indicator for which direction a party is …

Elections

The woke Slim Shady – understanding Eminem in the age of Trump

Marshall Mathers became a megastar by tapping into the same disaffected white rage later mobilised by the ‘alt-right’. But the rapper has made it clear he doesn’t want to share fans with the president. With a new album out, can he prosper in an age of conscious protest?<p>October’s 2017 BET Hip-Hop …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Medicine's best obesity treatment is also its most misunderstood

Americans keep dieting to lose weight, but bariatric surgery is the most effective tool out there.<p>There’s a surprisingly big disconnect between how obesity researchers think about the causes of and treatments for obesity and how the American public does.<p>Researchers think some people have genetic …

Medicine

The Ten Best History Books of 2017

From presidential biographies to a look at the long rise of fake news, these picks will surely interest history buffs<p>Comment on this Story

Books

Margot For The Gold

Last year, the Oscar-buzzy actress didn't even know who Tonya Harding was. Now she's channeling a side of the Olympian you've never seen.<p>NEW YORK ― When Margot Robbie read the script for “I, Tonya,” she assumed it was a work of fiction.<p>“I never heard of the incident. I never heard any of their …

Tonya Harding

96 Things to Do When You're Bored

Years ago when I was going through a hard time, my therapist recommended that I read Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s <i>Your Erroneous Zones</i>. This book changed my …

Oscar de la Renta

Weinstein’s Complicity Machine

The producer Harvey Weinstein relied on powerful relationships across industries to provide him with cover as accusations of sexual misconduct piled up for decades.

'I defeated ISIS': Young scholar lived secret double life

The historian carried secrets too heavy for one man to bear.<p>He packed his bag with his most treasured possessions before going to bed: the 1 terabyte hard drive with his evidence against the Islamic State group, an orange notebook half-filled with notes on Ottoman history, and, a keepsake, the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Siri and Alexa are under fire for their replies to sexual harassment

“I’d blush if I could” is not the response you’d expected to hear when you tell Siri she’s a slut—but it is.<p>In February, months before the #MeToo movement erupted, I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to …

Feminism

‘Lead us not into’ what? Pope Francis suggests changing the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

One of the best-known prayers in the English language might need an update for the sake of theological clarity, Pope Francis suggested in an interview this week.<p>The words in the Lord’s Prayer that ask, “Lead us not into temptation,” can cause confusion, Francis said. To make it clear that God would …

Faith

California's Climate Emergency

Fires continue to burn Southern California, and climate scientists have warned us for years that the region was entering a year-round fire regime<p>In …

Climate Change