Mona Chitnis

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Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

A pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive. The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or …

Jersey City

Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years

A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American …

Saudi Arabia

I Traveled To World’s One Of The Oldest City To Photograph Its People And Spiritual Atmosphere

Being one of the oldest living city of the world, Varanasi has always been a magical and mystical place to me. When I got the chance to travel to …

13 Interior Designer Tricks to Make Your Windows Look Bigger

We bet you've never given your frame a second thought — until now.<p>If your home wasn't blessed with big, welcoming windows, we feel your pain. Sadly, we can't help you fake sunlight, but we <i>can</i> help you trick your eyes into at least thinking your view into the outside world is greater than it …

The 21 hottest women-founded startups to watch in 2017

There has never been a better time to be a woman in the startup world.<p>There's no denying we have a long way to go. After all, venture capital firms are made up of mostly men, and some continue to suggest that women aren't cut out for the tech world at all. And way more VC money is offered to male …

Startups

19 Simple tricks to improve your living room

If you are bored of your living room decor, renovating it into a completely new Avatar is a great idea. Along with elevating the lifestyle, it will …

Top 10 DIY Projects That Will Teach You A Ton About Tech

DIY isn’t always the easiest way to do something, but it’s usually the most informative and educational one. This week, let’s check out some great …

Raspberry Pi

10 Unusual and Awesome Hotels for Your Travel Bucket List

When it comes to finding the perfect hotel for an upcoming vacation, there are many factors that can go into your decision. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon destination, babymoon locale or just somewhere to get away with your BFF or S.O., location, amenities and budget are just a few of the …

Boston

25 Of The Best New Albums To Stream On Spotify This Month

September kicked off with new releases from Travis Scott and Isaiah Rashad that dominated the conversation about the next generation of rap — but there were plenty more memorable albums out that month, too. The point of this column will be to highlight albums you might’ve missed elsewhere, …

Surviving the Fall of ISIS

This article, originally published on October 16, 2016, was updated on March 21, 2017. It appears in abridged form in the April 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p>The Kurdish soldiers stood on a berm, next to a gunner’s dugout, in a corner of their position. It was one of several forward …

Islam

How a U.S. tipoff led to Apple's $14 billion EU tax bill

Europe's demand that Apple pay billions in back taxes may never have happened without help from Washington.<p>A top EU official revealed Friday that European authorities were tipped off by the U.S. Senate that Apple (AAPL) might be receiving illegal state aid from Ireland.<p>The subsequent investigation …

Apple Pay

8 Secrets of Great Communicators

Great communication skills are a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Here are eight proven strategies that will improve yours today.<p>When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we're pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren't nearly as good as we …

Public Speaking

The Best Fall Beers | Men's Health

The Best Beers For Fall<p>Find your new favorite brew for hoodie season<p>Men's Health<p>Think of an autumn setting that isn’t automatically enhanced by beer. Go ahead, we’ll wait.<p>Football tailgates. Harvest fests. Holiday feasts. Hell, simply just hanging outside in your hoodie: All of these fall staples …

Will Amazon Kill FedEx?

The first public flight of Amazon’s Prime Air plane, over the Seafair festival in Seattle.<p>For UPS and FedEx, Amazon’s been great for business. Now …

eCommerce

Meet the China ‘whisperers’ who get the big deals done in Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO — When Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick wanted advice about whom to hire to run his ride-hailing business in China, he asked Carmen Chang, a longtime Silicon Valley lawyer and investor who had helped a previous generation of tech companies navigate that murky territory.<p>When Uber …

Silicon Valley

19 Finger Foods for Every Summer BBQ

Eating with utensils is SO winter 2015. Once summer rolls around, it’s all about BBQs, and that means eating with your hands. Whether it’s blueberry cheesecake dip that you scoop up with a graham cracker or a parfait popsicle that lives on a stick, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be …

Cooking

Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories

Three years ago, Silicon Valley developed a fleeting infatuation with a startup called Zee.Aero. The company had set up shop right next to Google’s …

Silicon Valley

7 travel apps for making your summer vacation plans

As National Lampoon can attest, summer travel rarely goes according to plan.<p>The list of things that can go wrong on a summer trip is endless: running …

Feel Me

What the new science of touch says about ourselves.<p>On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent ball. Igor Spetic lost his right hand when his forearm was pulped in an industrial …

HTC Vive

Why Hamilton Matters

The story of Hamilton's journey from concept to cultural phenomenon, as told by someone who has been in all of the room(s) where it happened. Even in Obama's White House.<p><b>A young man</b> stands in the dark, waiting to take his shot. It is May 5, 2009, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is listening at the back of …

Siri’s creators say they’ve made something better that will take care of everything for you

SAN JOSE — In an ordinary conference room in this city of start-ups, a group of engineers sat down to order pizza in an entirely new way.<p>“Get me a pizza from Pizz’a Chicago near my office,” one of the engineers said into his smartphone. It was their first real test of Viv, the …

Chatbots

How to find out everything Google knows about you

In exchange, you agree to share information about yourself that Google can share with advertisers so their ads are more effective. For instance, airlines want to target people who love to travel. Children's clothing makers want to target parents.<p>Google uses a lot of methods to learn about you. …

Maps

How watchOS 3 could fix Apple Watch and end ‘wrist rage’

My biggest gripe with my Apple Watch is not the sluggish hardware, the lack of GPS nor the dependance on my iPhone. These are all problems to be sure. But it is the bad user interface design that often drives me so mad that my force-taps turn into force-thumps of frustration.<p>With an update to the …

25 superb hacks to make your home more stylish

Without a doubt, all of us want to make our home look like a magazine cover. Sometimes, we strive so desperately to change it that it seems like …

Bitcoin creator unmasked: Australian computer scientist Craig Wright says he is Satoshi Nakamoto

After years of speculation, the search for the elusive creator behind the Bitcoin cryptocurrency may have reached a conclusion.<p>Revealing his identity to the BBC, among a handful of other publications, Australian entrepreneur and computer scientist Dr. Craig Wright today confirmed rumors that first …

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

The Brain

4 Ways to Keep Your Tech Startup From Tanking

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You and I both know that not every tech startup is going to make it. Many startups tank within the first year or two; the competition is fierce in the tech space, and the economy isn’t as strong as it was a few years ago. Getting an exit …

Startups

President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy

Two months ago, across an assembly-room table in a factory in Jacksonville, Fla., President Barack Obama was talking to me about the problem of political capital. His efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy from the 2008 financial crisis were being hit from left, right and center. And yet, by his own …

Economics