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The bottom line: What happens when families cross the border

Nearly 2,000 child migrants have been separated from their parents in the six weeks following the implementation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' …

Immigration

Huge Vibrators May Scare Men, but They're Really, Really Good

How I learned to stop worrying and love big wands.<p>Two years ago, I was finally having sex the way I'd always wanted—with a big-ass 6,000 RPM Magic Wand vibrating on my clit. Unfortunately, my ecstasy was short-lived. My partner at the time kept complaining about the long, microphone-shaped erotic …

Great Depression

Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because Black Lives Aren’t Counted

News reporters and anchors have repeatedly referred to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas as the “worst mass shooting in U.S. history.” Like all things …

Black History

Why We’re Still in Love with Cats and Plants

Stephen Eichhorn’s new book dedicated to his signature feline and floral collages is the gift that keeps on giving<p>“This weird other stuff,” is the …

Pets

Feature | The test of time

The Ishihara test is used to diagnose colour deficient vision (or ‘colour blindness’). It is based on the optical phenomenon of pseudo-isochromatism, …

Color Blindness

How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist from Stanford University, ran an interesting field study. He abandoned two cars in two very different places: one in a mostly poor, crime-ridden section of New York City, and the other in a fairly affluent neighborhood of Palo Alto, Calif. Both cars were …

You Have No Free Will

According to neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, all of our actions can be attributed to our biology.<p>There is no concept more American than "free will"—the idea that we're all gifted (probably by God) with the power to choose a path of success or destruction and bear responsibility for the resulting …

An Insider's Guide To Shopping At Costco

<i>For</i> Epicurious<i>, by Sam Worley.</i><p><i>It’s Grocery Month at Epicurious, and we’re thinking about super-fast checkout lines, alternative mylks (not a typo), and the cheapest bottles of olive oil (and wine). Check out the complete series</i> here<i>.</i><p>Walking into a Costco, especially if it’s your first time, can …

The past, present, and future of design in Silicon Valley

<i>The following is an excerpt from The Way to Design, a guide to becoming a designer founder and to building design-centric businesses. Adapted and reprinted with the author’s permission.</i><p>Until very recently, success in Silicon Valley required focusing almost single-mindedly on an organization’s …

Silicon Valley

The Benefits of Solitude

On April 14, 1934, Richard Byrd went out for his daily walk. The air was the usual temperature: minus 57 degrees Fahrenheit. He stepped steadily …

Penguin Random House

Here's what 14 of your favorite foods look like before they're harvested

Reddit is an incredible home to interesting pictures, whether it's sprouting strawberries or mesmerizing "pixelated" avocados.<p>So it was no surprise that when Redditor JavaReallySucks shared an album of interesting photos that showed food before it was harvested, people couldn't get enough. INSIDER …

This Common Mental Shortcut Can Lead To Bad Decision-Making

The brain's natural tendency to cut corners can pave the way for irrational decisions.<p>Our brains like to take shortcuts wherever they can.<p>Mental shortcuts, known in psychology as heuristics, act as a way for the brain to conserve energy and work more efficiently. These little tricks and “rules of …

Framing

The Compelling Arthouse Horror Film You Won’t Want to Miss

We sit down with American director Nicolas Pesce to discuss The Eyes of My Mother, his accomplished debut feature that channels Lynch, Hitchcock and …

Legendary Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh Reveals Buddhism's Secret to Achieving Enlightenment, In 10 Steps

Ever heard of Thich Nhat Hanh? We’ve been sharing some of his wisdom lately here and the response has been tremendous.<p>We collected some of his most …

Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy

Minimalism is just another form of conspicuous consumption, a way of saying to the world: ‘Look at me! Look at all of the things I have refused to buy!’<p>I hate minimalism.<p>I hate it as the incredibly tedious piece of personal performance art it has come to be in our society, but I also hate it as an …

Hypernormalisation and the Cult of Prada

“Now, protest is very necessary,” Mrs Prada explained backstage after the A/W17 show, which advocated for politicisation and normalcy through …

Fashion (UK)

Who Are the Most Expensive Living Female Artists?

Art World<p>These women artists are at the top of the auction charts.<p>,<p>While it’s no secret that the list of the most expensive artists at auction is …

Fine Art

What America Learned About Sexual Assault in 2016

The same country that elected a man accused by many women of sexual assault seemed to cross a critical threshold in discussing it.<p>For years, we have been fumbling for how to talk about sexual violence in America. In 2016, it seems like we finally found the words.<p>This year, we saw a 60th woman …

13 Questions That Will Change Your Life

When things aren't going quite the way you'd like them to, it's often the result of not asking yourself the right questions. Some questions are hard to confront because you're afraid you won't get the answer you want, others because you really don't want to know the answer.<p>But the best things in …

Louis C.K. Says Hillary Clinton Is A Tough Mom Who 'Takes Care Of S**t'

“If you vote for Hillary you’re a grown-up. If you vote for Trump you’re a sucker."<p>Louis C.K. sees plenty to like in Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ― intelligence, experience, talent.<p>But there’s another reason the comedian has gone all-in on Clinton: She’s a strong mother.<p>“It’s not …

The Screwball Poetry of Lil Wayne’s Prison Diary

When Lil Wayne entered Rikers Island on a gun-possession charge, in March of 2010, his career had already begun its descent. His prolific genius had seemingly been wrung dry, replaced by perplexing impulses to make rock music and shroud his voice in heavy Auto-Tune. When he was released from jail, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

An Interview with Gregory Crewdson

By Sylvie McNamara October 24, 2016<p>Gregory Crewdson, <i>Father and Son</i>, 2013, digital pigment print, 37 1/2″ x 50″. All Photos © Gregory Crewdson.<p><i>Gregory Crewdson is a photographer, but he calls himself a storyteller. He has spoken of his belief that “every artist has one central story to tell,” and</i> …

'Nasty': A Feminist History

Trump employed the adjective, in the final presidential debate, to insult his opponent. What he didn’t realize was that the word has long been a rallying cry.<p>After Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton, during Wednesday’s final presidential debate, as “a nasty woman,” many of Clinton’s fellow …

Where are they now? Charles Manson's 'family,' decades after horrific murders

In the summer of 1969, Charles Manson and his murderous “family” went on a rampage in Los Angeles that left nine people dead. Victims of the so-called Tate-LaBianca murders included actress Sharon Tate (wife of director Roman Polanski) and Los Feliz residents Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.<p>Here’s where …

Female Trouble

There’s no safe way to be a woman in public<p>It hasn’t been a good couple of days for the world’s high-profile women. Yesterday, news broke that Kim …

Feminism

The Not-So-Wholesome Reality Behind The Making of Your Meal Kit

Blue Apron wants to revolutionize the food system by selling would-be home cooks all the ingredients they need to make a meal without setting foot in the grocery store. But a BuzzFeed News investigation has found that in the rush to scale its supply chain at the speed of startup, the company has …

Is Fashion's Embrace Of The Hijab Reappropriating Muslim Women?

Dressed in modest fashion and matching her veil to her outfit, Alaa Murabit — whose résumé includes being a medical doctor, a global sustainable …

Feminism