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Innocence Is Irrelevant

This is the age of the plea bargain—and millions of Americans are suffering the consequences.<p>It had been a long night for Shanta Sweatt. After working a 16-hour shift cleaning the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, in Nashville, and then catching the 11:15 bus to her apartment, she just wanted to …

Trespassing

Denmark's prince refuses to be buried next to his queen over title row

<b>(CNN) —</b> Prince Henrik of Denmark looks set to launch an eternal protest after announcing he does not wish to be buried next to his wife, Queen Margrethe, over the refusal to name him king.<p>The 83-year-old prince has been unhappy with his title since being named prince consort -- rather than king …

Royalty

She thought she was Irish — until a DNA test opened a 100-year-old mystery

Five years ago, Alice Collins Plebuch made a decision that would alter her future — or really, her past.<p>She sent away for a "just-for-fun DNA test." When the tube arrived, she spit and spit until she filled it up to the line, and then sent it off in the mail. She wanted to know what she was made of.<p>…

Genealogy

Researchers make a surprisingly smooth artificial video of Obama

Translating audio into realistic looking video of a person speaking is quite a challenge. Often, the resulting video just looks off -- a problem called the uncanny valley, which states that human replicas appearing almost but not quite real come off as eerie or creepy. However, researchers at the …

University of Washington
France

Flipboard’s Quest To Save Online Publishing—And Itself

With Flipboard 4.0, Mike and Marci McCue grapple with an alt-fact, ad-saturated internet using a mix of mobile tech, AI, and print-era publishing aesthetics.<p>The iPad was a futuristic gadget when it debuted in April 2010, but the apps it presented offered a rather nostalgic revival of traditional …

Advertising

America’s Future Is Texas

With right-wing zealots taking over the legislature even as the state’s demographics shift leftward, Texas has become the nation’s bellwether.<p>When Frederick Law Olmsted passed through Texas, in 1853, he became besotted with the majesty of the Texas legislature. “I have seen several similar bodies …

Republican Primaries
Russia

The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump

The tabloid is defined by its predatory spirit. Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?<p>Every Wednesday afternoon, in a windowless conference room in an office building at the tip of lower Manhattan, David Pecker decides what will be on the cover of the following week’s <i>National</i> …

Journalism

Inside Uber’s unsettling alliance with some of New York’s shadiest car dealers

Geovanie Rosario signed the lease because it was easy. Tower Auto Mall came recommended by Uber, as one of four dealers the ride-hailing company partnered with in New York City to offer “flexible and affordable” rentals and lease-to-own contracts to drivers. Rosario went to see Tower one morning in …

New York City

Our Jeans Are Ruining the Planet, But This Company Wants to Fix That

Why you should care about natural indigo.<p>Here’s how you make the indigo that gives most denim its signature blue: like many things in peak-oil America, you start by drilling down. Extract petroleum from the earth and then subject it to high-heat, high-energy conditions in order to break it up up …

Farming

Photographer Spends 6 Months Traveling Alone to Photograph Siberia’s Indigenous People

For the past 9 years, photographer Alexander Khimushin has been traveling the world, visiting 84 different countries. Three years ago, inspired by the idea of documenting remote cultures that are slowly disappearing due to globalization, he began his <i>The World in Faces</i> project. Seeking out small, …

Trains
Personal Finance

Your Old Cell Phone Can Help Save the Rain Forest

National Geographic Explorer Topher White has created a clever way to listen for sounds of illegal logging.<p>Topher White spends a lot of time walking in—and thinking about—the forest, and how quickly we’re losing it. So much so that he’s gotten a black eye from being smacked by flying tree …

Social media is as harmful as alcohol and drugs for millennials

The word “addiction” brings to mind alcohol and drugs. Yet, over the past 20 years, a new type of addiction has emerged: addiction to social media. It may not cause physical harms, such as those caused by tobacco and alcohol, but it has the potential to cause long-term damage to our emotions, …

Social Media

Why Adolescence Lasts Forever

A new book explores the dynamics of popularity, and the ways our high-school selves stay with us far beyond the teenage years.<p>In August of 2001, Mitch Prinstein, a psychology professor who had just been hired at Yale University, offered his first class at the school: a course he had developed about …

Psychology

Can America's Farms Survive the Threat of Deportations?

In upstate New York, both workers and the farmers who employ them fear more aggressive immigration enforcement.<p>It was one in the morning in late March when Luis, a 43-year-old Mexican man, tiptoed across the floor in his socks. He had just been startled from sleep by the sound of violent knocking …

Immigration

The White Wedding Dress Industrial Complex

And how to navigate it if you’re not sure it’s what you really want.<p>On a very cold afternoon in January, I was visiting my mom. We walked past a wedding dress store, where a mannequin stood posed with rhinestones dangling down its back and a long train pooling elegantly out behind it.<p>I had just …

'Irregardless' is a real word – you're just using it wrong

Kory Stamper, a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster and author of "Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries," told us that "irregardless" is a word in the dictionary, and how to use it correctly. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>"Irregardless" is a word and we're duty-bound to enter it.</i><p><i>My</i> …

Language

How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud

Most Americans have assumed their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers.<p>Once upon a time, in 1970, long before …

Finance

The 5 Virtual Reality Experiences to Try on Your Phone

No need to attend festivals or buy expensive viewing gear to live some of the most moving virtual reality documentaries; in fact, many can be …

Virtual Reality

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.<p>As Christmas approached in 2015, the price of …

Hung Up

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Robotics

The beautiful languages of the people who talk like birds

Their unusual whistled speech may reveal what humanity’s first words sounded like.<p>If you are ever lucky enough to visit the foothills of the Himalayas, you may hear a remarkable duet ringing through the forest. To the untrained ear, it might sound like musicians warming up a strange instrument. In …

Language

Inside Russia’s Social Media War on America

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington. For months, American spy hunters had scrambled to …

Social Media

The 1 Breathtaking Way to Transform Your Wall With Paint

<i>This post originally appeared in Martha Stewart.</i><p>One way to dress up a room is to hang art. Another? Transform a plain wall into a gorgeous installation. This subtle ombré technique is actually quite simple (a slightly imperfect flow looks more interesting and organic anyway). Start at the top with …

6 Fascinating Facts About the House Hunters Narrator That Will Leave You Speechless

Through the many exotic locales, harried couples, exasperated real estate agents, numerous spinoffs, and hundreds of properties seen on HGTV's <b>House Hunters</b>, there's one constant: the soothing lilt of the narrator's voice. Until now, not much was known about this mysterious woman who is never seen …

20 Spanish-Language Movies to Add to Your Netflix Queue Stat

If you've already binge-watched your favorite telenovelas on Netflix, might we suggest loading up your queue with must-see movies in Spanish?<p>The popular streaming platform actually has a solid mix of comedies, dramas, and feel-good films, all perfect for when you need a break from episode-heavy …