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Do Our Memories Make Us Who We Are? One Artist’s Memory Loss Suggests Maybe Not

“When the neuroscientists discovered that Lonni Sue existed, they realized that she had all of these skills that don’t necessarily fit into our idea …

Virtual Reality’s Potential for Magic Gets Real

LINDON, Utah — In an ordinary office complex here, past stacked cartons of Mountain Dew and a throng of hoodie-wearing employees, sits a prototype for an attraction that Hollywood thinks will become the next entertainment craze — an offering that could mint money for its developers, throw a …

Virtual Reality

How Etsy Employees Dress for the Office

LIFE AS A RUNWAY<p>Imagine if you worked at the world’s largest stoop sale: How would you dress? That is the daily conundrum confronted by the young staff at Etsy’s loft headquarters in Dumbo, Brooklyn. On a recent Tuesday, amid a sea of handmade furniture, folksy artworks and vertical gardens …

5 Insanely Useful Custom Smart Magazine Ideas for Professional Bloggers

Earlier this month, we unveiled the all-new Flipboard, which unleashed Smart Magazines (among other things) onto the world. Smart Magazines are continually updating collections of content that can be highly customized and tailored to your interests.<p>For bloggers, Smart Magazines are quickly …

The 27 hardest job interview questions, according to Glassdoor

Jobs interviews are always hard, but some come with trickier questions than others. Where do you see yourself in five years? How many ping pong balls fit in a school bus?<p>Glassdoor, the jobs- and career-focused site, compiled 27 of the toughest interview questions job seekers face in any field. The …

Employment

You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found

Look at a photo of yourself as a teenager and, mistaken fashion choices aside, it’s likely you see traces of the same person with the same personality quirks as you are today. But whether or not you truly are the same person over a lifetime—and what that notion of personhood even means—is the …

Psychology

Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin

Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?<p>Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed, is everywhere. He has soldiers in Ukraine and Syria, troublemakers in the Baltics and Finland, and a hand in elections from the Czech …

Russia

27 Oscar-Winning Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Netflix is full of classics, if you only know where to look…<p>1. <i>It Happened One Night</i> (1934)<p><b>Watch on:</b> Netflix UK and Ireland<p>Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, <i>It Happened One Night</i> was the first movie to ever win in all five of the major Oscars categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best …

Movies

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to Daytona a changed man

<b>When he talks</b> about his concussions, Dale Jr. has a hard time keeping them straight. They're variations on the same horror story.<p>In 1998, racing at …

NASCAR

Jimmy Kimmel Oscars

Last December when Jimmy Kimmel was at the airport, coming home from a relaxing family vacation in Hawaii, he took a phone call from his agent with …

Comedy

The uneasy truth about human-animal hybrids

Merging animal and human forms brought terror to our ancestors – and this fear persists right the way into our modern age.<p>In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a goat emerging …

Genetics

Megyn Kelly, Matt Lauer, and the Battle for the Future of NBC

In his high-profile, high-priced hire of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, NBC News chief Andy Lack placed a major bet on star power. But Lack’s biggest, priciest talent, Today’s Matt Lauer, provides something of a cautionary tale. With morning news being one of the last mass television markets, its …

Journalism

The Bow-Tied Bard of Populism

Tucker Carlson’s latest reinvention is guided by a simple principle—a staunch aversion to whatever his right-minded neighbors believe.<p>Tucker Carlson is selling me hard on the swamp. It is an unseasonably warm afternoon in late January, and we are seated at a corner table in Monocle, an upscale …

Tucker Carlson

Brit Awards Bring Out the A-Listers: Pictures

The History of the Sugar Cube

In 1840, sweetening your tea was a complicated affair. To the cone-shaped loaf of refined sugar you'd bought from your grocer, you'd take a sugar nipper—a pair of sharp-edged cast-iron pincers—to twist off a fist-sized chunk. If you were cooking, you’d then shave it down into powder, but for …

Beverages

31 Artists You Didn’t Know Are Super Close to an EGOT

Lin-Manuel Miranda<p><b>Won:</b> One Emmy, two Grammys, three Tonys<p><b>Needs:</b> Oscar<p>James Earl Jones<p><b>Won:</b> Three Emmys, one Grammy, two Tonys<p><b>Needs:</b> A competitive …

Hollywood

A Shockingly Gruesome History of Beauty Marks, Real and Fake

In the 18th century, mouse fur was commonly made into facial patches.<p>The history of fake beauty marks goes back quite a while, and like most beauty history (and history of femininity, in general) it involves gruesome death, witch trials, definitely some puritanical political philosophies, divine …

Skin Care

The Build-Your-Own-Handbag Startup That's Perfected Mass Customization

How Mon Purse's Lana Hopkins shook up the supply chain and embraced technology so consumers can design their own bags at non-luxury prices.<p>If you pop into Bloomingdale's in New York in search of a new handbag, you might notice that, next to the Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs, and Salvatore Ferragamo …

Handbags

Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health

<i>Shhh.</i> Hear that? No? That’s surprising. Odds are, you can hear something right now: A siren, the hum of a fan, the blur of background conversations, …

Productivity

The American Dream Created Anna Nicole Smith — And Then It Killed Her

From her first Playboy appearance in 1992 to her death in 2007, Anna Nicole Smith’s story was about a beautiful girl lifted up from the dust, and then about a beautiful woman destroyed.<p><b>How does a</b> <b>woman turn</b> from a mortal to an icon overnight? Think of Pamela Anderson, in a tight Labatt Blue shirt, …

Entertainment

John McCain the Republican vs. John McCain the Patriot

John McCain was hustling down the hallway in the Russell Senate Office Building with the purpose of an Aaron Sorkin character. It was not yet two …

John McCain

Use of weaponized drones by ISIS spurs terrorism fears

Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate an important new weapon: a small drone, about six feet wide with swept wings and a small bomb tucked in its fuselage.<p>The two men launched the slender machine …

Drones

The True Story of the Comey Letter Debacle

When F.B.I. director James Comey reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails in the final days of the campaign, many saw it as a political move that cost Clinton the presidency. But some insiders suspect Comey had a more personal concern: his own legacy.<p>In the early summer of …

Corruption

Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, but Jobs Are Left Behind

MIDLAND, Tex. — In the land where oil jobs were once a guaranteed road to security for blue-collar workers, Eustasio Velazquez’s career has been upended by technology.<p>For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Then, powerful …

Nascar, Once a Cultural Icon, Hits the Skids

Nascar threw a bash at Kansas Speedway in October to thank Sprint Corp. for being stock-car racing’s top sponsor for 13 years. More than 800 Sprint employees received hot dogs, burgers and seats to a nail-biting race.<p>One thing was missing: a new sponsor. Despite knowing for two years that Sprint …

NASCAR

The Promise of 3-D Printing Body Parts

Cheap, easy-made prosthetics could address a major need in developing nations.<p>He was barely a teenager when he was grabbed by a Sudanese guerrilla army and forced to become a child soldier. He was made to endure weeks of walking with so little food and water that some of his fellow captives died. …

3D Printing

More employees have 'work spouses' — and it can get complicated

Bonding with work peers has always been an important part of office life, but employees are taking things to the next level. There is a growing tendency toward taking a "work spouse," i.e., a colleague whom one confides in and deeply trusts.<p>A new survey from digital media company Captivate found …

Marriage

Amenities Fit for an American President

Commanders-in-Chief have been adding luxury features to the White House for two centuries<p>American presidents from the country’s very beginnings have …

Luxury Homes

Baseball Is in the Air: Pictures

Champions League last-16: previews for the big midweek matches

A look forward to Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético Madrid and Manchester City v Monaco on Tuesday, plus Porto v Juventus and Sevilla v Leicester on Wednesday<p>By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network<p>Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético Madrid, Tuesday<p>Eighth in the Bundesliga faces …

Soccer