Chris Valenti

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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

These are the top 100 books of the year, according to Google

The series remains among the most popular books, and the latest edition of the canon, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," nabbed the top spot, according to Google's ranking of the top books of the year.<p>The books and graphic novels were ranked based on their popularity in the Google Play store. But …

Books

The Soccer-Star Refugees of Eritrea

Athletes from the national team plan a mass defection.<p>Around eleven o’clock on the night of October 10, 2015, Samson Arefaine learned that he had been selected to play on the national soccer team of Eritrea, a sliver of a nation in the Horn of Africa. For two months, he had been in a training camp …

Africa

Why Google, Microsoft and Amazon Love the Sound of Your Voice

Amazon's Echo has made tangible the promise of an artificially intelligent personal assistant in every home. Those who own the voice-activated gadget …

Artificial Intelligence

Locked On The Psych Ward

Lock them in. Bill their insurer. Kick them out. How scores of employees and patients say America’s largest psychiatric chain turns patients into profits.<p><b>On a cool October evening</b> in 2012, Samantha Trimble walked into the lobby of Millwood Hospital, a low-slung brick building on the side of a road …

When Big Ideas Go Bad

Power poses became the hottest thing on the internet. But the science doesn’t hold up.

Internet

Trump’s Secret Weapon Against Obama’s Legacy

Using an obscure law called the Congressional Review Act, the president and his allies in Congress are quietly wiping out parts of his predecessor’s regulatory regime.<p>On February 28, President Donald Trump signed three bills into law. He held an Oval Office ceremony to spotlight two of them, H.R. …

Obama Administration

Norman Podhoretz Still Picks Fights and Drops Names

“These parties I mentioned,” Norman Podhoretz said the other day, “everybody gave parties. And there was a lot of drinking. Some visiting literary celebrity would show up, Partisan Review would make a party or I would make a party. Everybody came. And it was a really passionate intellectual life. …

Literature

Elizabeth Blackburn on the telomere effect: ‘It’s about keeping healthier for longer’

The Nobel winner says keeping telomeres – the ends of our chromosomes – in prime condition can stave off diseases associated with ageing<p><b>You won your Nobel prize for medicine for your discoveries concerning telomeres, found at the ends of chromosomes. What are telomeres and what happens to them as</b> …

Telomere

Repealing Obamacare is going to be a long and torturous process

Republicans may control the White House and Capitol Hill, but repealing and replacing Obamacare is going to be a long and probably torturous process. How do we know? Because the GOP is already saying so. On Thursday, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee admitted to reporters that the entire journey …

Health Care

The Best Weekender Bags for Every Style

What to bring along on your next weekend getaway.<p>Much as we'd all love to be jetting off to Europe for 10 days at a time, the average American — yep, …

Travel

Why obesity damages your mind as well as your body

It’s not just your waistline that suffers as you put on weight, with researchers finding puzzling new links between obesity, memory loss and dementia.<p>Lucy Cheke and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge recently invited a few participants into her lab for a kind of ‘treasure hunt’.<p>The …

The Brain

Smoking A Pack Of Cigarettes A Day For A Year Causes 150 Mutations In Every Lung Cell, Gene-Mapping Study Reveals

That cigarette smoke — a deadly cocktail of over 70 known carcinogens — can have a deleterious effect on human health is nothing to write home about. …

The history of Mosul, in five maps

In 1165, Benjamin of Tudela, a medieval Spanish Jewish traveler, approached the city of Mosul on the banks of the Tigris. A visitor, even a thousand years ago, could marvel at its antiquity. "This city, situated on the confines of Persia, is of great extent and very ancient," he wrote in the …

Middle East

Behind Duterte’s Break With the U.S., a Lifetime of Resentment

Philippines president, driven by a sense of grievance over colonial history and perceived slights, threatens to undo a vital American relationship in Asia<p>In an effort to clear tension with Barack Obama, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approached him during a dinner at a regional summit in Laos …

Asia

Hacked memo offers an angry glimpse inside ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’

A remarkable 12-page document revealed by WikiLeaks bristles with a longtime Clinton aide’s resentment of his boss.<p>As a longtime Bill Clinton adviser came under fire several years ago for alleged conflicts of interest involving a private consulting firm and the Clinton Foundation, he mounted an …

Clinton Foundation

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Intellectual Property

Danny Meyer Just Single-Handedly Made the Apple Watch Relevant to the Hospitality Industry

NYC restaurateur, Shake Shack founder, and millionaire Danny Meyer is having a good week. He’s invested in a home-cooked food delivery start-up, introduced paid parental leave for all of his employees, and today almost single-handedly made the Apple Watch — a very expensive trophy gadget at best — …

Hospitality

A Spotify for Lifelong Learning

What I want from the edtech industry<p>It’s no secret that there is an engagement issue in edtech. Anecdotal evidence suggests that most online courses …

Roku introduces 5 new streaming players, including the tiny Roku Express

If you've been thinking about upgrading your streaming setup, Roku just gave you five new options to choose from.<p>The company unveiled its new line of …

The overclocking downlow: How breaking your computer makes it faster

Some people crack open their computers, force their processors to run to near melting point and use liquid nitrogen to keep the whole thing in check. Here's why.<p>What is overclocking?<p>Not all computers are created equal. You probably know the basics of what makes your computer tick: RAM, ROM, …

Overclocking

VW's new electric car will cost less, and go farther than, Tesla's Model 3

Volkswagen unveiled a new long-range electric car Tuesday in Paris, and, in terms of cost and range, it's miles ahead of anything coming to market soon.<p>The car, called the I.D., is expected to cost less than $30,000, which is less than both the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt. It will have …

Electric Vehicles

Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers

Back in the old days hardware manufacturers felt safe in the knowledge that no mere hardware hacker could attempt to recreate their inventions. From Sony to Philips to LG to Samsung, the consumer electronics industry was locked up and no one could crack the case. Until those meddling Arduino kids …

Arduino

3 Industries That Will Be Transformed By AI, Machine Learning And Big Data In The Next Decade

Historically, when new technologies become easier to use, they transform industries.<p>That’s what’s happening with artificial intelligence and big data; as the barriers to implementation disappear (cost, computing power, etc.), more and more industries will put the technologies into use, and more and …

Artificial Intelligence

Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Home Security

GoTenna's new communicator crowd sources for a better signal

If you're a fan of exploring the great outdoors, especially in areas of devoid of cell service, you may have already sought out a GoTenna. These walkie-talkie-like enablers pair with your mobile device via Bluetooth so you can send messages and GPS data to others in the area using radio …

Small Island, Big Experiment

How a tiny Florida community could influence the way we fight Zika around the world.<p>The first thing Billy Ryan does after he arrives at work most …

Public Health

The 10 most innovative electric bikes in the world

But cars aren't the only electric vehicles people around the world are embracing: Increased fuel prices and growing urbanization have spurred the demand for electric bikes, or e-bikes.<p>Global e-bike sales are expected to grow from 32 million in 2014 to at least 40 million in 2023, according to …

Electric Bikes

Your guide to disco – where nightlife truly began

There’s a specific euphoria that comes from sweating on a dancefloor to disco music. That repetitive disco beat, as comforting as the <i>boo-boom</i> of a maternal heartbeat, overlaid with soul-stirring violins and tales of heartbreak, survival, and coming out gets you <i>right there.</i><p>Not only is disco …