Amelia Davies

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Why do firms exist?

<i>This week “The Economist explains” is given over to economics. Today’s is the first in a series of six explainers on seminal ideas.</i><p>THE idea of the …

Economics

An underwater ancient city in Turkey may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years

A sunken city near the island of Kekova, near Antalya in Turkey, may open up to diving for the first time in 30 years. Diving at the ancient underground city has been banned since 1986 in order to preserve it, but with the cooperation of archaeologists and local experts, the ban could be partially …

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Is It Possible To Pull Something Out Of A Black Hole?

Once something falls into a black hole, it can never get out. No matter how much energy you have, you can never move faster than the speed of light, and yet you’d need to in order to exit of the event horizon once you’ve crossed inside. But what if you tried to cheat that little rule by tethering a …

Black Holes

Hands Down, These Are the Best Documentaries of All Time

Just as we watch romantic period dramas to feed a nostalgic wonder, feel-good comedies for a much-needed laugh, indie flicks to delight our eyes, and …

28 Places to See Before You Die—the Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon and More

<i>Editor’s Note: We’ve since expanded our life list to 43 sites around the world for wildlife lovers, adventure seekers and those seeking just a</i> …

Trump to reinstate US military ban on transgender people

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.<p>The decision reversed a policy initially approved by the Defense Department under President Barack Obama, which was still …

LGBTQI

The Case for Impeaching Trump If He Fires Robert Mueller

Terminating the special counsel would show recklessness, imply corruption, and irrevocably damage the country.<p>Last week, President Donald Trump fueled speculation that he might work to oust Robert Mueller, the former FBI director appointed to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential …

Backpacking with Less: A Personal Introduction to Ultralight

<b>Izzie Zahorian—who recently soloed the first 478 miles of the PCT—learned the hard way that less is always more. Here’s her story and top tips.</b>I was …

Clancy Sigal, Novelist Whose Life Was a Tale in Itself, Dies at 90

The first time Clancy Sigal went to jail he was 5. His mother, a Socialist union organizer, had been arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn., for violating social and legal norms when she convened a meeting of black and white female textile workers. Hauled away to the jailhouse, she took Clancy with her.<p>As …

A Very Psychedelic Conversation with the Creators of 'Rick and Morty'

We talked to Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon about acid, conspiracies, aliens, and the nature of consciousness.<p>Cartoon Network's <i>Rick and Morty</i>, with its massive viewership and critical acclaim, is probably the standard bearer for TV animation right now. But as co-creator Dan Harmon recently pointed …

'Dunkirk' and the Great Films That Won't Be Made

Studios' big productions are so expensive that they are rarely risky. Or interesting.<p>I was perhaps unreasonably excited to see "Dunkirk," Christopher Nolan’s new movie about the evacuation of British forces from a French beach during World War II. The historical event on which it is based is …

5 Times The Simpsons Predicted the Future

From President Trump to FaceTime.<p>For a time, <i>The Simpsons</i> was as close to TV perfection as you could get. A razor sharp satirical sense combined with some of the best writing in TV history gave the show a pre-eminent aura that no series has yet managed to duplicate. So sharp was the writers' …

Fact Checker’s guide to obstruction of justice, executive privilege and impeachment

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections widened the scope of the probe — including whether President Trump obstructed justice when firing James B. Comey as FBI director. Now, with every new development, Trump’s critics are quick to call for …

Donald Trump

How do you stop a robot from harming humans? Scientists propose alternative to Asimov's Laws

Asimov's Laws won't stop robots harming humans so we've developed a better solution.<p>Christoph Salge, <i>University of Hertfordshire</i><p>How do you stop a …

Canada's Recreational Marijuana Approach Is Pure Genius, but It Would Never Work in the U.S.

The legal marijuana industry is seemingly expanding by leaps and bounds these days. What was once illegal throughout North America a little over two decades ago is now being legalized in dramatic fashion.<p>In the United States, 28 states have legalized medical cannabis since 1996, and voters in eight …

Dem proposes panel to remove President if unfit to lead

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Pointing to the outcry over President Donald Trump's latest controversial tweets, freshman Rep. Jamie Raskin is urging his colleagues to get behind a bill that could potentially oust the President if he was mentally or physically unfit.<p>The Maryland Democrat wants to create an …

Donald Trump

What To Do If You’re Attacked By A Shark

The good news is that it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll be bitten by a shark, especially unprovoked. But, hey, if you’re at a beach that is …

Alaska Another Day: Alex Honnold and Crew Pull the Plug On Wine Bottle Route

For nine days this June, three of America’s most accomplished climbers set up shop on the vast Ruth Glacier in the Alaska Range with the aim to climb …

Climbing

Alex Honnold and Crew Set Up Mount Dickey Base Camp, Start the Waiting Game

How Alex Honnold Did It: A Play-By-Play of His Free-Solo Climb on El Capitan

Travel

The island that forever changed science

When we think of evolution, we think of Charles Darwin. Yet on a tiny, volcanic, Indonesian island, a little-known naturalist formulated a theory that would shape the world of science.<p>The Indonesian island of Ternate, like its neighbour Tidore, is almost all volcano. It sprouts from the sea, an …

National University of Singapore

Alex Honnold Free-Solo Climbs El Capitan

Today, Alex Honnold became the first climber to free-solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan. National Geographic first reported the</b> …

Climbing

The Summer I Spent Picking Up Hitchhikers On The Appalachian Trail

I picked up hitchhikers all summer. Here’s what happened.<p>This story begins June 30, 2016. Pennsylvania builder Bruce Henn finished <i>Regular Car …

Fight Club

The ayahuasca ceremony is going under the scientific-method microscope

Before neuroscientist Leanna Standish drank the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca for the first time, she was a steadfast scientific materialist. She was trained to believe—and she did—that everything could be explained by science. Then, much like the pioneering psychedelic researchers who came before …

Psychedelia

How I survived an Everest avalanche

<i>April 25 marks the two-year anniversary of the violent 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, triggering deadly landslides and avalanches across</i> …

Natural Disasters

The 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years

A celebration of the mountaineers, watermen, arctic explorers, activists, and artists who redefine the limits of what’s humanly possible.

The Arctic

The Myths and History of Robbers Cave: A Tale of Jesse James

The Myths and History of Robbers Cave: A Tale of Jesse James<p>Updated on December 12, 2017<p>Somewhere in Oklahoma, there is over a million dollars worth …

Archaeology

“Much About This World”: The Life and Death of Guy Waterman

<i>This story first appeared in the June 2000 issue of Men’s Journal.</i><p>Guy Waterman drew up the itinerary of his last day as he had drawn up the daily …

Literature

From Kidnapping to Kids, My Life on and off the Rock

Before I was kidnapped, before I discovered the chaos that is true love, I believed in routine. Even in high school, mine was ­ornate. Monday, climb at gym. Tuesday, rest. Wednesday, train lightly, eat Bisquick biscuits and eggs for dinner. On Thursdays I packed. I stored my gear for climbing …

Jeff Lowe: The Climber Who Refuses to Fall

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