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Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he’s related to JFK. At 72, he learned the truth.

It would have been January 1945. It would have been somewhere in Manhattan, out where the Irish people gathered. It must have been cold out, driving Joe Geheran and Mary Ann Moroney indoors, into the same building, and eventually the same room, maybe the same corner of a bar or nook of a kitchen, …

Genealogy

An Open Letter About Female Coaches | by Pau Gasol

I<p>want to tell you a little something about my parents.<p>I grew up just outside of Barcelona, a child of two highly successful professionals. My father …

Black Lives Matter

Inside the Controversial World of Slum Tourism

Hundreds of shanty towns line the riverbanks, train tracks, and garbage dumps in the Filipino capital—the most jammed-packed areas in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Around a quarter of its 12 million people are considered “informal settlers.”<p>Manila is starkly representative of a …

Urbanism

Inside the secret U.S. stockpile meant to save us all in a bioterror attack

A SECRET LOCATION OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, D.C. — From the outside, it looks like an ordinary commercial warehouse, only much bigger, about the size of two super Walmarts. Inside it’s dark except when motion sensors are triggered. When the lights come on, hundreds of thousands of shrink-wrapped boxes of …

Public Health

The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars

President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. strikes against government targets in Syria after a suspected chemical attack.<p>The Middle East is a “troubled place,” President Donald Trump said Friday night as he described his decision to use America’s “righteous power” in a retaliatory attack against …

Middle East

These Twins, One Black and One White, Will Make You Rethink Race

Marcia and Millie Biggs say they’ve never been subjected to racism—just curiosity and surprise that twins could have such different skin colors.<p>When Amanda Wanklin and Michael Biggs fell in love, they “didn’t give a toss” about the challenges they might face as a biracial couple, Amanda says. “What …

Color Management

The students at Florida’s Douglas High are amazing communicators. That could save lives.

Telegenic and media-savvy is one way to describe David Hogg, a lean and dark-haired senior at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.<p>But maybe a better way is this: Change agent.<p>And what could be more sorely needed than a change agent right now? Because the mass shootings in America have …

Gun Control

Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most

Here's everything you need to know about the technology powering the bitcoin cryptocurrency today and, soon, a myriad of services that will change your life.<p><i>This is part of "Blockchain Decoded," a series looking at the impact of blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency on our lives.</i><p>These days, we're …

Blockchain

Rude people secretly impress us, even if we don’t really like them

We don’t like rude people.<p>At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. The reality is, we allow them to be rude. On some level, we are impressed by their rudeness. So impressed, in fact, that sometimes we ask them to be president.<p>I’ve spent a year studying rudeness in all its many forms. I’ve looked at …

Praying Mantises Don Tiny Goggles to Help Us Understand 3-D Vision

Researchers long thought humans were the only critters out there that could see in three dimensions. Known as stereopsis, the trick takes a lot of …

No one told Babe Ruth he had cancer, but his death changed the way we fight it

Wikimedia<p>The Great Bambino’s treatment came at a major turning point in medicine.<p>George Herman Ruth was sick. It had all started with a deep, searing pain behind his left eye. Now, he could hardly swallow. And the pain seemed to be seeping down his body, like an invisible weight tugging at his hips …

Cancer

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

Drew was 8 years old when he was flipping through TV channels at home and landed on “Girls Gone Wild.” A few years later, he came across HBO’s late-night soft-core pornography. Then in ninth grade, he found online porn sites on his phone. The videos were good for getting off, he said, but also …

Obama Administration

A.I. perfectly predicted last year’s Super Bowl score. What happens to betting?

Competitive sports are ultimately numbers games. Whether it’s a gymnast racking up points on a balance beam, a tennis player acing her opponent, or a …

'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.<p>Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: <i>Breaking Bad</i>, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school …

TV

50 Iconic Indie Album Covers: The Fascinating Stories Behind The Sleeves

They’re images you’ve seen a thousand times, but what do they mean, and how did they end up on the cover of your favourite ever albums?<p>Click or tap …

Kurt Cobain

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016, Kellyanne Conway settled into her glass office at Trump Tower. Right up until the last weeks of the race, the …

Donald Trump

The right way to google your symptoms

Is googling your symptoms a good idea or a bad idea? One way to find out is to google this question. Type “googling symptoms” into Google’s search bar, and you’ll be confronted by a slew of headlines like “Doctors really, really want you to stop googling your symptoms” and “Here’s why googling your …

The White Lies of Craft Culture

<b>Last fall, the chef Sean Brock</b> and brewmaster Ryan Coker of Revelry Brewing unveiled a collaboration called Amber Waves, a malt liquor made with locally sourced ingredients and grains reflective “of the 19th-century South.” The “historically accurate heritage grain” malt liquor, whose name derives …

2017, explained by the late-night writers who had to make fun of it for television

“Comedy is a pretty good BS detector”: 5 writers look back at getting through year one of President Trump.<p>When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election, many people found it impossible to understand what the coming age of Trump might actually entail. But within a few months, as the first …

Comedy

Alamo Drafthouse wants you to rent VHS tapes like it's the 1990s

Alamo Drafthouse is about to put your '90s nostalgia into overdrive.<p>The movie theater chain is bringing back an authentic video store. Yes, we're …

Man who deleted Trump's Twitter account reveals himself

A 20-something German citizen tells TechCrunch the act was a mistake and he didn't expect the account to be deactivated.<p>The contractor who deactivated President Donald Trump's Twitter account earlier this month has revealed himself and calls the move a mistake.<p>Twitter had declined to identify the …

Internet

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018: Radiohead Not Inducted

Today, the the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the inductees into the class of 2018. Radiohead—who were nominated in their first year of eligibility—will not be inducted this time. They were snubbed in favor of Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, and Sister Rosetta …

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

Time Management

Facebook's suicide prevention AI just got an important upgrade

Facebook's suicide prevention AI just took an important step forward.<p>The tech, which uses pattern recognition to determine when some may be …

Uber’s customer is Softbank and its users are disposable

I keep getting asked to write something about Uber’s latest scandal: Its massive hack affecting some 57 million users, and its cover up of that …

Gawker killer Peter Thiel may try to buy what's left of Gawker

Peter Thiel may not be done with his revenge quest against Gawker.<p>The vindictive tech billionaire's lawyers filed a motion this week arguing that he …

Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing.

For months, Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., has been in crisis mode, furiously attempting to contain the damage stemming from its role in last year’s presidential campaign. The company has mounted an all-out defense campaign ahead of this week’s congressional hearings on election …

Social Media

This is what a brain injury feels like

I opened my eyes to see a clear blue sky and two men leaning over me to put a brace around my neck. I don’t know if I was already on the stretcher or if I was still on the pavement, but then there are plenty of things I don’t remember. As I would find out later, I had a brain injury.<p>Was I badly …

The Brain

Why Italy is racing to save the game of bocce

In the bars of small-town Italy, ageing bocce players are keeping the country's local dialects alive.<p>“Piia na cadreia e setat su a vardà.” Battista Valenti greeted me, but I didn’t understand a word he was saying. His Italian was harsher than what I’m used to; he stretched his syllables, which …

Language