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Christine and the Queens: ‘I’ve just discovered sex, I can’t stop yet!’

Midway through an hour-long conversation touching on Rihanna, the mainstreaming of queer identity and Madonna, Chris, AKA the artist formerly known as Christine and the Queens (and born Héloïse Letissier) stops suddenly. “What does ‘wanky’ mean, precisely?” she queries, a raised eyebrow brushing …

Vocabulary

Behold, 20 of the funniest YouTube videos ever

Reddit continues to remain the internet's best dumping ground for some of the funniest content out there. While Reddit has produced some great …

Animals

America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare

The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become.<p>Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series that attempts to answer the question: Is democracy dying?<p>James Madison traveledto Philadelphia in 1787 with Athens on his mind. He …

James Madison

10 Netflix Gems You've Probably Never

Image: Supplied<p>Browsing through Netflix and everything is starting to look the same? We've all been there. It can be hard to find something different …

Final Fantasy

Our Motion Through Space Isn't A Vortex, But Something Far More Interesting

There are a lot of moving parts to the Universe, as nothing exists in isolation. There are literally trillions of large masses in our Solar System, all orbiting around the galactic center on timescales of hundreds of millions of years. But there’s a viral video, parts 1 and 2, that claims that as …

Solar System

If superpowers were real: Flight - Joy Lin

These pecan cauliflower poppers will change the way you snack

In past years, there weren’t a lot of creative ways to prepare cauliflower. It was a side vegetable often steamed or boiled until opaque and then …

The Best Back Exercises: The Only Workout You Need for That Perfect V-Shape Torso

The muscles you can't see in the mirror matter just as much as the ones in front. Here are the exercises to keep you looking good from all angles.<p>Sometimes you forget things: Where the remote is. Where you left your keys. Grandma’s birthday. (Put that one in your calendar already). At the gym, it’s …

23 Travel Tech Essentials That Will Upgrade Every Part of Your Trip

This year's coolest travel gadgets make it easier to communicate, navigate, connect, and relax when you're on the road.<p>If we asked you to tell us …

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

On Aug. 3, 2001, a McDonald’s film crew arrived in the bustling beach town of Westerly, Rhode Island. They carried their cameras and a giant …

Crime

How I made my own WireGuard VPN server

Some of you may have heard about VPN protocols that let you establish a connection between your device and a server, such as OpenVPN and IPsec. But there’s a brand new shiny protocol that promises to be faster and more secure at the same time — WireGuard.<p>But WTF is a VPN anyway? A VPN is a virtual …

The $2.5 trillion reason we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid

Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too …

Natural Gas

 On Conspiracy Theories and Election Hacking [Updated]

<b>Editor’s Note (8/1/2018):</b> <i>The original story that appeared here has been updated after editorial review. The reasons are outlined in the updated piece.</i><p>…

Nina Simone

As with so many other jazz greats, gospel music and the church would shape Nina Simone’s musical direction. She was difficult to work with at times, …

World Cup 2018: France and the Triumph of Negative-Capability Football

The first goal is the one I think I’ll remember. It wasn’t the pretty one—that would be Paul Pogba’s, which came in the fifty-ninth minute, after a long pass from Pogba to Kylian Mbappé, the visionary precision of which made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. And it wasn’t the jaw-dropping …

The Completely Addictive Method For Grilling Burgers

I've grilled many burgers in my day, many of which were decent but none of which were restaurant-quality — that is, until I learned this technique from America's Test Kitchen. It's by far the most foolproof way to grill a burger with a charred exterior and juicy pink interior. The most important …

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

A high-stakes plan to indict Afghan drug lords and insurgency leaders on criminal conspiracy charges ran afoul of the Obama team. Five years later, it remains buried under Trump.<p>As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul …

Watch Volkswagen's I.D. R race car demolish the Pikes Peak record

Last week, Volkswagen's fully electric I.D. R Pikes Peak car became the fastest car ever to complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VW then took its sweet time releasing the footage of the run, which we finally have today.<p>The helicopter-shot video showcases the 671-horsepower electric …

If You Want Strong, Toned Legs, Do This Trainer's Intermediate Kettlebell Workout

Who <i>doesn't</i> want strong, functional legs? If your goal is to build up your quads and achieve lean legs, this workout will help you get there. Marcus Martinez, kettlebell expert, creator of the Kettlebell Difference and Master Trainer at Onnit Academy, recently posted this kettlebell complex for …

'Supramolecule' helps immune cells 'eat up' cancer

Our immune system puts up a good fight against cancer, but this cunning disease can subvert our body's defense mechanisms in subtle ways. New …

The Gospel According to Kendrick Lamar

Pulitzer Prize–winning “poet laureate of hip-hop” Kendrick Lamar has made history with his music. As Compton’s favorite son headlines this summer’s blockbuster Top Dawg Entertainment tour, he grants an intimate look at what drives him.<p>Kendrick Lamar understands and employs blues, jazz, and soul in …

The Lost City of Trump

It was supposed to be his legacy. Today it’s a mere shadow of his dream—but he declared victory anyway. How the saga of Trump City foreshadowed the president’s chaotic path to the White House.<p><b>The week before Thanksgiving in 1985, a 39-year-</b>old Donald Trump announced his plan to make sure nobody …

Manhattan

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Tesla Solar Roof: 8 Things You Don't Realize Until You Own One

You will become internet-famous.<p>In April, Amanda Tobler took a risk. She switched on her newly-installed Tesla Solar Roof on her house San Jose, …

Weekend Project: Build your own DIY fat tire electric bicycle for just $700

<i>Update: While we originally featured Mongoose brand bicycles in this post for their low price and wide availability, their lawyers responded indicating that their bicycles are not tested for the added load of a motor and batteries and should not be used for e-bike conversions. We have replaced</i> …

Electric Bikes

‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro

The untold story of how Lisa Howard’s intimate diplomacy with Cuba’s revolutionary leader changed the course of the Cold War.<p><b>Lisa Howard had been waiting for more than two</b> hours in a suite of the Hotel Riviera, enough time to bathe, dress and apply makeup, then take it all off to get ready for bed …

Cuba

Down the Quantum Rabbit Hole

Anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff believes tiny structures in our cells called microtubules could explain consciousness. Steve Craft<p>Fellow scientists …

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

A new study on whales suggests Darwin didn't quite get it right

Evolution is too complicated to plot out like a family tree.<p>Gray, blue, big, bigger: baleen whales put the mega in “megafauna.” In a new study published on April 4 in the journal <i>Science Advances</i>, researchers discuss the whole-genome sequencing of several of these mammoth species, including the blue …

Inside the Decade-Long Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA and Help Elect Trump

In November 2013, the president of the National Rifle Association, David Keene, was introduced as an honored guest at the conference of the Right to …