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Los Angeles, America’s Future Spaceport

The city of stars was once a major hub for aerospace. Soon it might be again.<p>Los Angeles is an open-air museum of aerospace history. It is a city of abandoned missile-defense facilities and stealth-jet assembly plants, of erased airfields and repurposed hangars, flagships of another era standing …

Vandenberg Air Force Base

The view from inside a food truck

First of all, no matter what you think is in there, there’s probably more. Most modern food trucks — at least the ones special enough to make it into your regular lunch rotation — are operated by serious foodies whose wheeled restaurants roam more than 300 U.S. cities as part of a $2.7 billion …

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The American backyard as we know it didn't exist until after World War II

With summer so close you can almost smell the mesquite smoke wafting from your neighbor’s grill, many Americans are setting their minds to clearing …

Smithsonian

8 Vegetables That You Buy Once And Regrow Forever !

Raw vegetables grown at home can bring a lot of benefits, more than the ones from the grocery.<br>Maybe it requires some time, but you will save money …

Gardening

Paul Simon vs. the World

Paul Simon felt grateful.<p>It was March 2001, and the occasion was the 16th-annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held at the Waldorf …

Aretha Franklin

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can’t.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many people have grown accustomed to talking to their smart devices, asking them to read a text, play a song or set an alarm. But someone else might be secretly talking to them, too.<p>Over the last two years, researchers in China and the United States have begun demonstrating that …

Artificial Intelligence

Supersonic Flight Prepares for Takeoff (Again)

It has been 15 years since the Concorde was grounded and commercial flight slowed to subsonic rates. But a new wave of aviation startups is gunning to break the sound barrier as soon as 2023<p>By<p>Mark Ellwood<p>The first commercial supersonic era, from 1969 to 2003, had some well-documented issues. There …

Aviation

The Subtle Sexism Of Your Open Plan Office

A remarkable new study documents the experiences of women in an open office designed by men.<p>There are many reasons to hate open offices: They’re loud, prone to thieves, and, most of all, lack any kind of privacy. But a new research paper reveals yet another knock against them: They’re subtly sexist.<p>…

Feminism

Inside The Ecosystem That Fuels Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

A vast web of Amazon review fraud lives online, and it's designed to evade the company’s efforts to thwart it.<p><b>One morning in late January</b>, Jake picked up the box on his desk, tore through the packing tape, unearthed the iPhone case inside, snapped a picture, and uploaded it to an Amazon review he’d …

eCommerce

‘Grumpy Old Women’? Five filmmakers suggest the gender-swap remakes they want to see.

In 2016, “ghostbros” joined forces to make the trailer for the all-female “Ghostbusters” the most down-voted movie trailer in YouTube history. But they could never have stopped the onslaught of gender-swap films that have followed since. “Ocean’s 8” (a remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” starring Sandra …

Broad City

The New Science of Psychedelics

Recent studies are finding that drugs such as LSD and psilocybin can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction—and may have profound things to teach us about how the mind works<p>To anyone who lived through the 1960s, the proposition that psychedelic drugs might have a positive contribution …

Consciousness

How the Kent State massacre helped give birth to punk rock

Musical trends, even the great ones that scar cultures and define eras, have many parents. Consider the folk and protest boom of the 1960s, whose songs were shaped by shifting attitudes about race, organized labor, urbanization and America’s involvement in foreign wars. Later in the decade, the …

Kent State

Inside the Controversial World of Slum Tourism

Hundreds of shanty towns line the riverbanks, train tracks, and garbage dumps in the Filipino capital—the most jammed-packed areas in one of the world’s most densely populated cities. Around a quarter of its 12 million people are considered “informal settlers.”<p>Manila is starkly representative of a …

Slumdog Millionaire

Earthquakes rattle Hawaii’s Big Island after Kilauea shoots lava, ‘dangerous’ gas into the air

A day after the most active volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii erupted, two major earthquakes rattled the island and fountains of lava gushed out of the ground in a subdivision, forcing residents to flee amid threats of fires and “extremely high levels of dangerous” sulfur dioxide gas.<p>The island …

Geology

My Mom Left Me for the ‘Wild Wild Country’ Cult

When I was growing up, in the late 1960s and early seventies, I thought I came from a normal, tight-knit family. My mom, Jill Franklin, and her sister Lois married two brothers: my dad, Ken, and his brother Chet. Dad had been a football player. Mom was a cheerleader. My mom had three babies, and …

Northwestern University

The Puzzle of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

How a bright, competent and likable young operative became the face of the most duplicitous press operation in White House history.<p><b>Sarah Huckabee Sanders is best known to the</b> American public for running the White House daily briefing, a televised performance in which, without so much as raising her …

Donald Trump

“Organization Don’t Mean Shit”: Inside the Beginning of the End of the Clinton Campaign

In an excerpt from her new book, Chasing Hillary, the author explains how a group of perspicacious—and pretty miserable—Clinton campaign reporters knew the candidate’s electoral hopes were imperiled all the way back in Iowa, in early 2016.<p>“To our traveling press corps—Happy New Year!” the e-mail …

Government

Millennials are struggling. Is it the fault of the baby boomers?

The postwar generation, now retiring in luxury, stands accused of a wilful failure to safeguard young people’s interests<p>T he late 1940s were about bombsites, rationing, loss and mourning, but amid the gloom a new generation was emerging. In the grim, grey aftermath of war, children were born on an …

Demographics

‘You can never have too many mimosas’: How brunch became the day-wrecking meal that America loves to hate

“How,” a woman next to me muttered, “can you have mimosas and no orange juice?”<p>We were at the bottomless mimosa refill station at BrunchCon, a sprawling brunch festival that will stop in four cities this spring and summer, and for a brief moment, the orange juice had run dry. The brunchers were …

Breakfast

Style Is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.<p><i>The message of many things in America is “Like this or die.”</i><p><i>— George W.S. Trow,</i> <i>Within the Context of No Context</i><i>, 1980</i><p>The Seeing Robot<p>The camera is a small, white, curvilinear monolith on a pedestal. Inside its smooth casing are a microphone, a speaker, and …

Algorithms

The End of the Joint As We Know It

Willie Nelson may be a legendary country musician, but he is first and foremost the world’s most famous joint ambassador. Legend has it that he once …

Cannabis

Every Automotive Emblem, Explained

It’s nice to believe that cars are purely about performance — that what matters is track times and vehicle specs, not superfluous details like the …

20+ Rarely Seen Photos Of America In The 1950’s Show How Different Life Was Before

The 1950’s are often viewed as a golden era in U.S. history, a time of happiness and prosperity, despite the threat of nuclear annihilation, racial …

Abandoned Buildings

The most bizarre tourist attractions in America

Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum<p>At this museum in San Antonio, Texas, retired master plumber Barney Smith has turned toilet seats into works of …

What About “The Breakfast Club”?

Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.<p>Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than …

Sexual Harassment

Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women

Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost …

Crime

What to Eat at Every Single Major League Ballpark

Callin' em like we see 'em.<p>As the 2018 MLB season kicks off, what better time to whet (or ruin) your appetite with a look at some of the hyper-American cuisine found in our country's ballparks? From perma-classics like the Chicago Dog to Arizona's controversial "Churro Dog," here is a look at what …

Ice Cream

What Kind of Friend You Are, According to Myers-Briggs

I<p><b>t took me a long time to have an interconnected group of friends, even longer to understand the interpersonal dynamics at play between us, and the</b> …

Personality

My 72-Hour Safari in Clinton Country

More than a year into Trump’s presidency, the bubble has closed back over the Acela Corridor, where voters say they do not regret not voting for Trump.<p>On a recent March morning, as a nor’easter walloped an idyllic Brooklyn street with snow, members of the Park Slope Food Coop ambled inside, …

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