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WeWork's $20 Billion Office Party: The Crazy Bet That Could Change How The World Does Business

<b>ADAM NEUMANN, THE FRENETIC</b> cofounder and CEO of WeWork, was pacing back and forth in his office in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, ignoring the heavy bag, the Peloton spin bike and the generously stocked bar in favor of something more urgent: the clock. Softbank boss Masayoshi Son, Japan’s …

Henry Viii

New Zealand's Redwood Forest has been illuminated by a new nocturnal tourism experience

Rotorua’s Redwood Forest has always been a hugely popular attraction in New Zealand, but it has now been lit up with a new nocturnal tourism experience called Redwoods Nightlights.<p>According to Tourism New Zealand, the new night-time experience will feature a network of lights and 30 custom-made …

New Zealand

10+ spots in Argentina that will top your South American bucket list

Nature is at its best in Argentina. From the glaciers of Patagonia to the fauna of Punta Tombo, from the mighty Iguazu Waterfalls to the peaks of the …

An Italian rapper, a 'hangman's noose' and a $250m lawsuit: the chaotic race to build Elon Musk's hyperloop

In 2013, irked by the $68 billion (£51 billion) cost of California’s high-speed rail project, Elon Musk proposed an alternative. He called it the …

High-speed Rail

Meet the Top 10 Female Founders, Ranked By Money Raised In The Last Year

Editas, Daqri, Kabbage, Ginkgo Bioworks--their companies range from editing DNA to virtual reality.<p>You've heard there are fewer women in STEM fields, or that fewer women lead technical companies. Well, the ones that do are raising significant capital to pursue their passions. I asked the analysts …

Health Information

Make Your Plans Now for 2017's Total Solar Eclipse

Sunday marks exactly one year before what will be the easiest total solar eclipse ever to travel to and witness. And if you've never seen one before, …

Solar Eclipse

Architects claim this 3D-printed house is earthquake-proof

While we've been hearing a lot about 3D-printed structures, this two-storey villa located in Beijing, China, is impressive if it lives up to its …

Architecture

The Wall Street Golden Boy Who Allegedly Fleeced His Friends and Family

Groomed at Groton, Princeton, and Harvard Law, financial expert Andrew Caspersen had the trust of everyone around him. So why, as prosecutors allege, would he start a fraudulent investment that targeted his Wall Street buddies and even his own mother? William D. Cohan delves into the case and the …

Corruption

The Hell of Applying for Government Benefits

One mother’s story of trying to get federal assistance for her premature daughter shows the desperate state of the Social Security Administration.<p>It’s 11:30 a.m., and after three hours of waiting, I have finally gotten to the front of the line at the Social Security Administration on M Street in …

Social Security

Becoming a refugee: Essays by Syrians living in Germany

This past Saturday at the Vatican, Pope Francis sat to address a group of several hundred children. He held an orange life jacket in his lap. What he planned to talk about was obvious. There are few people these days who can see that classic orange vest and think of anything but desperate refugees …

Free Syrian Army

Rebuilding Nepal by Hand

The photographer Renaud Philippe returned to the epicenter of last year’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake to document what progress has been made in some of the hardest-to-reach villages. Before April 25, 2015, Barpak was a picturesque Nepali village nestled some 6,000 feet above sea level. After, less …

Natural Disasters

Is Grit Overrated?

The downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence<p>“Where does the power come from to see the race to its end?” asks the Scottish sprinter Eric Liddell in a scene from <i>Chariots of Fire</i>. His answer—“from within”—was until recently about as far as we’d come in understanding the roots of dogged …

Self-improvement

The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Potato Hash

More<p>Mexican Food<p><i>Recetas deliciosas</i> to transport your tastebuds south of the border.<p>In my line of work, you end up with lots of leftovers, and lots of leftovers means that I make a lot of hash. I mean, a <i>lot</i> of it. What better way is there to recycle that little hunk of bacon, that half onion, and …

10 Best Hiking Trails in the World

[section]If everyone placing personal ads who claimed the hobby of “hiking” really did it with any regularity, the earth would have been trampled …

Hiking

16 Entrepreneurs Under 40 Accomplishing Amazing Things | Inc.com

What is it possible to accomplish if you put your mind to it? Sometimes there's no better place to look for inspiration (and a healthy push to expand your dreams) than those who managed to achieve incredible things at a (relatively) early age.<p>Each year the World Economic Forum puts together a list …

World Economic Forum

‘Americanitis’: The Disease of Living Too Fast

How a 19th-century nervous condition shaped the way modern Americans think about health and happiness<p>In the decades after the Civil War, a lot of things were changing in the (re-)United States. The late 19th century and early 20th saw a huge increase in the country’s population (nearly 200 percent …

War

3-D Printing Maps to Help the Blind

To create navigational tools for the visually impaired, a team of engineers is combining a new technology with a very old one.<p>The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a state-funded facility that teaches vocational skills to the blind and visually impaired. Old wooden maps …

3D Printing

The Miscarriage Taboo

A culture of silence can make it even harder for women to make sense of losing a pregnancy.<p>“Don’t worry, pregnancy isn’t an illness,” said my midwife, smiling affectionately as I worried about my lack of morning sickness. She must have been well acquainted with the limbo of early pregnancy, the …

Pregnancy

12 Fictional Journeys Any World Traveler Will Envy

A shift in perspective, or at least a quick, cool dip into the mind of another person, is the objective of travel, and also of reading great books.<p>So if you’re both knowledge-hungry and couch-bound, pick up a road trip saga or family drama set during a listless beach vacation. Here are some options:<p>…

Books

The Most Romantic Restaurants in the World

<i>By Elizabeth Stamp for Architectural Digest.</i><p>Photo: Carol Sachs<p>With Valentine's Day just around the corner, <i>AD</i> surveys the most romantic restaurants from England to India.<p><b>Clos Maggiore, London</b> (above)<p>A truly romantic evening should pull out all the stops--from sumptuous cuisine and exquisite flowers …

France

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide

On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, organised a war game like no other. The two researchers, working with an array of bodies such as the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, set out to simulate the effects of a …

Infinitesimal

Top adventures in Laos

With its dense forests, limestone caves and endless waterways, Laos is a dream destination for intrepid travellers seeking an off-the-beaten-track corner of Asia.<p>Whether it's kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, ziplining between tree houses or exploring temple ruins – you can choose your own …

Asia Travel

San Francisco's Self-Defeating Housing Activists

Tech companies and workers are vilified while longtime homeowners who fight high-density growth continue to profit from rising rents and property values.<p>A recent <i>This American Life</i> episode, “Poetry of Propaganda,” describes a San Francisco after-school program that produced an original musical …

Housing

A reading list to expand your mind

This year, we published stories that enlightened, moved and excited us. The BBC Future team share their personal favourites.<p><i>David Robson – Writer</i><p>My pick: How your eyes trick your mind<p>It's been a privilege to see my stories appear alongside the work of some really talented writers this year. Tom …

University of Cambridge

A Climbing Phenom’s Life in (Mostly) His Own Words

In the fall of 2010 I spent most of a week with Alex Honnold at Smith Rock in Oregon, watching him climb and interviewing him for a profile for <i>Outside</i>. I was puzzled and amused by the apparent contradictions in Alex’s character: a raw brashness undercut by self-effacing modesty, his deadpan putdown …

Kenya’s Famous Marsh Pride Lions Poisoned

Changing Planet<p>More famous lions have just been pointlessly killed in Africa, this time in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The details of the tragedy have been wonderfully documented by Jonathan Scott and National Geographic’s Wildlife Watch, but here are the basics: the lions of the Marsh …

Inside Mark Zuckerberg's Bold Plan For The Future Of Facebook

Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.<p><b>“Mark is fixing stuff.”</b><p>I’m killing time in the Frank Gehry–designed Building 20, whose signature feature is its soaring 434,000 square feet of open space, the latest addition to …

Virtual Reality

Inside Stanford Business School’s Spiraling Sex Scandal

The prestigious school’s sexual-harassment policies proved to be no match for a litigious love triangle involving the dean and two married professors.<p>When, in November 2013, Stanford University held one of its seminars on sexual harassment, Professor James A. Phills, of the Graduate School of …

U.S. Supreme Court

The Future of Tipping

Tipping has reached a tipping point in America. But so far it’s unclear where it’s going.<p>Each state decides its own minimum wage and most (43) have lower minimum wage levels for workers in tipped jobs than other workers. That means restaurant service staff lives depend on tips. In New York, for …