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The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field

It’s easy to figure out who won or lost on the soccer pitch; the real question is who wins or loses off it. As the World Cup moves from the group …

Angela Merkel

The case for Xiaomi, the $70 billion company—and for Xiaomi, the $30 billion company

Xiaomi is preparing for an IPO in Hong Kong, and its valuation estimates are already catching eyeballs. Early this year it was reportedly seeking a nearly $200 billion valuation, a number that became $100 billion when it published its prospectus (pdf) last month. Since then, the figure has dropped …

Mobile

What 7 Famous Ruins Would've Looked Like on the Inside When They Were New

How the Parthenon and Angkor Wat were meant to look.<p>Time is not kind to buildings—even the greatest ones like Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, England’s Roman Baths, and Greece’s Parthenon. But now we get a view into what experts believed seven marvelous structures once looked like thanks to the work of …

Meet the Socialite Who Helped Preserve — and Destroy — Native American Culture

The first time Alice Cunningham Fletcher heard Native American music — a cacophony of drumming and screaming — was on an autumn camping trip among …

Native Americans

How ‘Ennobling’ Helped Italian Aristocrats Solve the Problem of Garlic

The ingredient would have otherwise been too cheap to grace noble tables.<p>For the 16th-century Italian noble, garlic posed a unique, culinary dilemma. …

Medieval grave reveals rare 'coffin birth' and neurosurgery

<b>(CNN) —</b> When the brick coffin of a young woman from medieval Italy was opened after its discovery in 2010, two peculiar things stood out to the researchers: There was a perfect hole in the frontal bone of her skull, and between her pelvis and legs, there was a series of smaller bones belonging to a …

Archaeology

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

He believed he could make the two groups sworn enemies via a series of well-timed 'frustration exercises'<p>All the boys I spoke to had an uneasy feeling about this experience. It has troubled people Author Gina Perry<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three …

Psychology

The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbit

With a pounding heart and rapid breath, Laika rode a rocket into Earth orbit, 2,000 miles above Moscow streets she knew. Overheated, cramped, …

UK would slash gender pay gap by 21% if lowest-paid work split evenly between men and women, research finds

The UK would cut its gender pay gap by more than a fifth if the lowest-paid jobs were evenly distributed among men and women, according to new …

Literacy Test is Unintentional Poetry

This test was given to World War I recruits at Fort Devens to assess their literacy. While the question are obviously designed to test reading …

Google Books

One Australian island has a bold plan to annihilate all its rats

Native species could resurge once the rodents are gone.<p>In 1918, a ship beached on Lord Howe Island. It brought rodents to the lush, crescent-moon-shaped volcanic remnant in the Tasman Sea for the very first time. Without any predators to hold them back, the rats decimated native species of insects …

Julius Caesar’s Forgotten Assassin

On March 15, 44 B.C. a group of Roman senators murdered Julius Caesar as he sat on the podium at a senate meeting. The dictator fell bleeding to his …

A forgotten hero stopped the My Lai massacre 50 years ago today

Everybody's heard of the My Lai massacre — March 16, 1968, 50 years ago today — but not many know about the man who stopped it: Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot. When he arrived, American soldiers had already killed 504 Vietnamese civilians (that's the Vietnamese count; the U.S. Army said …

New Giant Viruses Further Blur the Definition of Life

A newfound pair of giant viruses have massive genomes and the most complete resources for building proteins ever seen in the viral world. They have …

Biology

The Garfield Assassination Altered American History, But Is Woefully Forgotten Today

When President James A. Garfield was shot in the back by an assassin on July 2, 1881, the news electrified the country. Garfield was entering the …

How Modern Art Serves the Rich

During the late 1950s and 1960s, Robert and Ethel Scull, owners of a lucrative taxi company, became fixtures on the New York gallery circuit, buying …

Pictures Capture the Invisible Glow of Flowers

Picture Stories<p>Ultraviolet light reveals alien-like colors and fairy sparkles in seemingly normal plants.<p>Take a look at some of the flowers photographed by Craig Burrows and you might feel as if you’ve suddenly been transported into the alien world of Pandora from James Cameron’s <i>Avatar</i>. Brightly …

James Cameron

The viral story of a serial squatter who forced a dozen people from their homes holds a sobering lesson for anyone in need of a roommate

If you've ever lived in an apartment or a college dorm, you probably have at least one roommate horror story.<p>But it's likely that none of them top the one published by New York Magazine on Wednesday.<p>The report, now going viral, starts innocently enough: A 31-year-old woman named Alex Miller was …

Raise the rent, lower the wages—and when workers strike, send in the troops

This failed capitalist utopia in 1890s Chicago turned into a case study in exploitation and greed<p>In 1889, the Reverend William H. Carwardine was …

U.S. Farmers Are Producing Too Much Food. Here's Why They Can't Stop

Farmers are producing too much wheat and corn, dragging down economic growth and pushing some farmers out of business.<p>Farming has unique challenges. Start-up and expansion costs are large, investments take years to mature and the nation’s vast network of farmers is too disjointed to cooperate on …

Agriculture

Cheetahs' inner ear is one-of-a-kind, vital to high-speed hunting

Study finds that the distinct vestibular system of the world's fastest land animal only evolved recently<p>The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah, …

The wildest scientific discoveries of 2017

2017 was a year of discovery: NASA started using reusable rockets, patients started treating cancer using only their own cells, and scientists discovered the Earth's lost eighth continent.<p>Here are some of the wildest, coolest, most promising science finds of the year.

Who will be remembered in 1,000 years?

Hopeful contenders for everlasting fame must run the gauntlet of numerous challenges, including the jealousy of rivals and possible extinction of their own civilisation and language. How do you remain remembered for generations?<p>I’m in the secluded western corner of London’s Highgate cemetery, …

Paradise Papers reveal how tax havens damage Africa

The new leaks of financial records illustrate how powerful individuals and companies across Africa use offshore havens to not only avoid paying …

Corruption

Nivea pulls 'white is purity' ad after outcry

Nivea has withdrawn an ad that was branded racist on social media and shared by right wing groups.<p>The German skincare maker's ad for a deodorant included a picture of a woman and the slogan "white is purity."<p>It was posted on Nivea's Middle East Facebook page with the caption: "Keep it clean, keep …

Social Media

A fashion designer breaks down why some clothes are worth spending more on

At a fast-fashion retailer such as H&M, a simple cut-and-sew top can cost as little as $15. At Gap, something similar might run about $45. At Elizabeth Suzann, a small fashion label based in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the brand’s minimal kimono-sleeved t-shirts, made of cotton twill, is …

Clothing

Lost cities #10: Fordlandia – the failure of Henry Ford's utopian city in the Amazon

In the 1920s the US industrialist wanted to found a city based on the values that made his company a success – while, of course, producing cheap rubber. The jungle city that bore his name ended up one of his biggest failures<p>In 1928, northern Brazil was captivated by an enticing bit of news. The …

The rest of the world can learn from Namibia, says Joseph Stiglitz

Sandwiched between Angola and South Africa, Namibia suffered mightily during the long struggle against apartheid. Yet, since winning independence …

Economics

How 'Dirty' Words Got Dirty

Want to know who the original Dick is? We sure did.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>When I was in elementary school, the first thing I did with new dictionaries was find the bad words, circle them, and draw helpful illustrations in the margins for the next kid. This was before …