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Millennials create new trend: Couples who don't want to rush to marry, but still want to buy a house

Meg Taylor and Phillip Mitchell started dating in 2014. Within a few weeks, people were joking that they acted like a married couple. But they …

Real Estate

Trump said “NATO is as bad as NAFTA.” That’s scary.

Why Trump’s anti-NATO comment is both unsurprising and horrifying.<p>President Donald Trump doesn’t like NATO — and he doesn’t seem to care who knows it.<p>During this month’s gathering of the Group of Seven — the seven countries with the largest economies in the world — Trump reportedly railed against …

What’s Going On With New York’s Elite Public High Schools?

A fight over admissions is making all too clear the value of securing a seat at one of the city’s finest schools.<p>New York City’s specialized high schools are a model of opportunity. They have stellar academic records, and, being public, they are free to attend. Their alumni tend to go on to elite …

Education

Poland Just Need To Fire Away And Hope For The Best

It’s probably too strong to say Poland are enjoying their own Golden Generation, on par with the likes of France and Belgium, but the current …

China Is Genetically Engineering Monkeys With Brain Disorders

A visit to a facility in Guangdong province, where researchers are tinkering with monkey brains in order to understand the most severe forms of autism<p>Guoping Feng applied to college the first year that Chinese universities reopened after the Cultural Revolution. It was 1977, and more than a …

What makes a country good at football?

ON A sunny Saturday afternoon, within kicking distance of Uruguay’s national football stadium, 14 seven-year-olds walk onto a bumpy pitch. They are …

Soccer

Porn’s Uncanny Valley

The San Fernando Valley was once the bedroom community of the adult industry. Now technology hopes to disrupt traditional pornography—and the city it calls home.<p>“It’s a phantom-limb penis syndrome,” said a tall, British man who goes by the name Adam Sutra. Adam is the CEO of CamasutraVR, a company …

Don’t sweat a thing with the 8 best cooling pillows for hot-blooded sleepers

The warm-blooded among us know that kicking the covers off isn’t always enough to keep cool when you’re trying to sleep. Even with modern air …

Shopping

‘There’s a Perception That Canada Is Being Invaded’

Justin Trudeau’s government has started rejecting more refugee claims from migrants who cross the U.S.-Canada border on foot.<p>It may seem paradoxical. Last year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to issue an open invitation to refugees with a tweet declaring, “to those fleeing …

Asylum Seekers

The Futility of Trying to Prevent More School Shootings in America

As long as there is easy access to guns, there’s no way parents, teachers, and other specialists can thwart every violent teenager.<p>The 17-year-old who killed 10 people at Santa Fe High School, in Texas, allegedly used his father’s shotgun and .38 revolver. After a firefight with police, he …

8 great Buffalo-area restaurants for vegans and vegetarians

Most restaurants sell vegetables and meatless meals, even if it's just fries and a salad with Italian dressing. As more diners are cutting down or …

'Haifa is essentially segregated': cracks appear in Israel's capital of coexistence

For decades, Haifa has been Israel’s model of what a ‘mixed’ Jewish-Arab city could be. But as the country’s 70th anniversary nears, the strain is showing<p>Ben-Gurion Boulevard climbs from the bustling port on Haifa’s Mediterranean shore up Mount Carmel towards the famous Bahai shrine, its gleaming …

A black woman lost a job offer because she wouldn’t cut her dreadlocks. Now she wants to go to the Supreme Court.

Chastity Jones’s lawyers argue that racial stereotypes can be evidence of job discrimination.<p>A black Alabama woman who lost a job offer because she refused to cut her dreadlocks is asking the Supreme Court to hear her case.<p>On April 4, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fundfiled a petition to …

Marijuana Legalization 2018: A State-by-State Guide to Legal Weed

For Jeff Sessions, few places are safe.<p>Although marijuana remains prohibited by federal law, an increasing number of states have legalized the drug …

Family farms decimated by Wisconsin's dairy crisis

APPLETON, Wis. — Kyle Kurt fought to keep his emotions just below the surface as he talked about selling off his herd of Holstein dairy cows, which he has milked twice a day, 365 days a year, through good times and bad.<p>Dairy farming has been Kurt's livelihood, and his passion, since he graduated …

Forestry

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Ultra runner Scott Jurek: how I eat

<b>Breakfast</b><p>At home, it’s a smoothie: fruit, greens, nuts, nut butter or flax oil and protein powder. Then, before my morning workout, some oatmeal and wholegrain toast with more nut butter. On a normal day I do 3,000-4,000 calories. When I was doing the Appalachian Trail, though, that went up to …

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades'

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Civil Rights

Is Abdulla Yameen Handing Over the Maldives to China?

The island nation is on the verge of conceding its sovereignty.<p>Remember the good old days, when China proudly proclaimed the principle of …

China

Modern mindfulness is rooted in a racist history

Newspaper articles at the time warned of the “clash of civilizations” developing between “uncivilized” Asian and “civilized” White culture.<p>In January 1902, Reverend Clarence Edgar Rice warned Americans of a religion that “both in theory and practice…degrades women,” practices “crass brutality” …

Mindfulness

Four Years After Declaring War on Pollution, China Is Winning

On March 4, 2014, the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, told almost 3,000 delegates at the National People’s Congress and many more watching live on state television, “We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty.”<p>The statement broke from the country’s longstanding …

Pollution

Nearly half of US arms exports go to the Middle East

Nearly half of US arms exports over the past five years have gone to the war-stricken Middle East, with Saudi Arabia consolidating its place as the world’s second biggest importer, a report has shown.<p>The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday that global transfer of …

The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.<p>But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed …

Nutrition

In a land of workaholics, burned-out South Koreans go to 'prison' to relax

Suk-won Kang recently spent a week occupying five square metres of solitude. He gave up his phone, swapped his clothing for a uniform of dark-blue …

I turned my ancient car stereo into a Bluetooth-powered modern stereo with an amazing $30 device

My partner and I just bought a car, against my better logic as a New Yorker. It's this glorious old Volvo station wagon:<p>Buying a 13-year-old car means buying a 13-year-old car stereo, as I recently learned. And a 13-year-old car stereo is very likely to mean no Bluetooth, and no auxiliary port for …

Tech Trends

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

Vegan Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes

These vegan Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes are crispy and golden at the edges and fluffy and tender inside. They are also whole wheat. A vegan, …

Breakfast

Europe’s solution to the drug crisis is working. Why won’t America follow it?

In 1986, at a community HIV prevention meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, an injection drug user spontaneously brought a bundle of clean syringes to freely hand out. By this time, the correlation between injection drug use and HIV had been made. This gave Jon Parker, a former injection drug user …

Public Health

Wisconsin's Welfare Overhaul Is Almost Complete

The Trump administration could soon approve a proposal from Governor Scott Walker to drug test food-stamp recipients.<p>If Scott Walker has his way, poor people in Wisconsin will have to undergo drug testing, one way or another.<p>Last week, the Republican governor forged ahead with a plan to require …

Drug Test

Palestinians Are Facing Their Worst Fears About America

No help is coming.<p>President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there stunned many observers. Who would’ve thought we’d see such a dramatic break from U.S. policy on the city’s status? What about the implications for the two-state solution, the …

Israel