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An autonomous robot captured detailed images of the treasure-laden “Holy Grail of Shipwrecks”

In 2015, an underwater search effort led by a robot found the San José, one of the richest sunken treasures in maritime history. The government of nearby Colombia promptly declared the location a state secret.<p>This week, one of the organizations behind the hunt shared detailed images of the wreck, …

Shipwrecks

Beekeepers are stealing each other’s hives to survive the cutthroat industry

Nearly a million-dollars worth of honeybees stolen from almond orchards in Fresno, California were located last spring. Police caught one of the thieves while he was tending to 100 of the pilfered hives; they later found his accomplice—and the 2,000 other hives the duo stole—in two other local …

Insects

The biggest challenge facing Colombia’s next president will be the bureaucracy of peace

Colombians vote for a new president on Sunday (May 27). Regardless of who wins, the next president’s primary objective—and biggest challenge—will be consolidating the nation’s peace process between the government and the FARC rebels.<p>The current pool of contenders comes from a broad ideological …

South America

Meet "las escaramuzas charras," Mexico's female rodeo stars who inspired Dior's latest collection

Dior’s first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, has made strong women part of her storytelling. Since taking the reins at Dior in 2016, she has paid tribute to <b></b>Peggy Guggenheim, Georgia O’Keefe, and the sexually liberated 1960s student protesters with her designs.<p>The 2019 Cruise …

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Even the sealife in the US is testing positive for opioids now

Mussels are the filters of the sea. A single one of the mollusks filters up to two liters (about half a gallon) of water each day to extract microscopic algae and bacteria to eat. Pretty much whatever ends up in the sea eventually ends up in a mussel.<p>They’re so effective, in fact, that humans use …

Puget Sound

Ireland has voted to legalize abortion in a landslide

In the weeks leading up to Ireland’s referendum on legalizing abortion, polls indicated that up to one-fifth of the country’s population was undecided, putting a question mark next to the vote’s probable outcome.<p>But an exit poll late Friday (May 25) from the Irish Times showed that Ireland voted in …

Ireland

A timeline of all the foreign payments to Donald Trump’s moneymen, Elliott Broidy and Michael Cohen

In recent months, special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump administration has shifted to a broad web of payments from foreign governments and corporations to major players in Donald Trump’s orbit. Primary among them are Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and …

Donald Trump

Complete list of Star Wars spinoffs, from the year 2043

It is the year 2043. Lots of things have changed since 2018, when you are reading this. Nations have fallen. Nuclear missiles have been launched. AI is threatening a hostile takeover.<p>But one thing hasn’t changed: Disney is still releasing Star Wars spinoffs. You already know about the Han Solo …

Star Wars

Rosé is still the drink of the summer, and no, it's not going anywhere

Rosé undeniably took first place for last year’s drink of the summer. With Instagram-ready varieties like White Girl rosé to several high-end options, wine-watchers marveled at the pink drink’s unlikely rise from tacky to chic. The Hamptons even gave the beverage its stamp of approval by setting up …

Rosé

Harvey Weinstein’s $1 million get-out-of-jail card shows the injustice of bail

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged today (May 25) with rape and several counts of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. Because Weinstein could shell out $1 million for bail, he was allowed to walk free before his trial. It’s a privilege not afforded to tens of thousands of people who …

Harvey Weinstein

San Francisco is sweeping its streets of electric scooters to make the industry legit

The residents of San Francisco are used to “disruptive” startups invading their city. Since 2008, Lyft, Uber and other ride-sharing services all arrived unannounced and local agencies responded with a mix of threats, “citizen arrests,” and eventually (with state legislators’ help) regulations. The …

San Francisco

See Meghan Markle’s royal coat of arms and all of the symbols hiding within

Some newly married couples get monogrammed towels; others get personalized stationery. The new Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle, got her very own royal coat of arms—a classy but standard gift for spouses of British royalty.<p>Thomas Woodcock, who oversees such assignations, said in a release from …

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Science shows just how traumatizing it is to separate kids from parents at the US-Mexico border

This spring, the White House implemented a new “zero-tolerance policy” intended to crack down undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the US along the country’s southwest border. Among the central targets of this policy are the children of immigrants, some as young as 18 months old.<p>US attorney …

Immigration

Harvard Business School is shutting down its co-working space in New York

Like all MBA programs, Harvard Business School teaches its students the value of time and money. It may have taught them a bit too well.<p>Alumni entrepreneurs weren’t willing to commit enough of their own resources to support a co-working space HBS ran in New York. The space will close amid …

Harvard Business School

Disney already made a better version of "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

<i>This review contains no</i> <i>spoilers.</i><p>There are a lot of movies released nowadays that the world didn’t ask for or need. Just this summer, we can look forward to a fourth sequel to <i>Jurassic Park</i>; a sequel to <i>The Incredibles</i> released 14 years after the original; <i>Ocean’s Eleven</i>‘s numerically confusing third …

Star Wars

These passports have become more powerful in 2018

The title of the world’s most powerful passport changes hands week to week. One moment Germany reigns supreme, then suddenly Japan edges through to clinch the top spot.<p>The ranking is based on the number of countries a passport holder can enter without a visa or for which they can obtain a visa on …

War

American men, it’s time to start talking about your abortions

Sometimes, men and women have sex, but don’t want to have a baby together. And no method of contraception is 100% effective, except not having sex. Consequently, humans have been aborting unwanted pregnancies since at least Biblical times. By age 45, about one in four American women will have had …

Feminism

Amazon is taking its package-delivery tracking to the next level

We have all, on the day we’re expecting a package, gone to Amazon’s “track package” page and refreshed, only to be rewarded, every time, with “Delivery expected by 8pm.”<p>But this week Amazon is rolling out a new feature that allows customers to track packages on a map when the package is within 10 …

eCommerce

Nancy Pelosi’s NFL shrug shows Democrats still take black votes for granted

The NFL doesn’t think football players have the right to kneel in protest while the national anthem is playing at games. Teams with players who kneel will now have to pay fines.<p>The gesture, intended to condemn racist police brutality, had been criticized by Republicans as disrespectful to the …

Black Lives Matter

Michael Cohen met a Russian oligarch in Trump Tower, then took $1 million from his cousin

It’s been a rough few months for Viktor Vekselberg. The Russian oligarch, who has long sought to keep away from the public eye, has found his name beamed across the world as part of US law enforcement’s investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.<p>First, Vekselberg was questioned by special …

Donald Trump

Researchers think they’ve found the oldest continuous Antarctic ice cores ever

When most of us look at images of Antarctica’s ice, we see a cold, uniform landscape that evokes thoughts of penguins, seals, and an immediate need for hot chocolate. Climate scientists see potential portals into our planet’s past.<p>This week, researchers from the University of Washington and the …

Earth Science

The 24 hours that doomed the Trump-Kim summit

Since Donald Trump announced in a bizarrely worded letter addressed to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he didn’t think it was a good idea to meet on June 12 in Singapore after all—even if the commemorative coins had already been minted—reporters have tried to pinpoint how things unraveled.<p>This …

North Korea

Companies are using California homes as batteries to power the grid

Every new home in California is going solar by 2020. If solar-energy companies have their way, those homes also will come with batteries.<p>Companies like Tesla and SunRun are starting to bid on utility contracts that would allow them to string together dozens or hundreds of systems that act as an …

Natural Gas

Americans' coffee habit is clogging landfills with millions of coffee cups each year

Breakfast in America doesn’t look like it used to. Among other big changes in the American diet, consumption of breakfast cereal, orange juice, and dairy milk are all the decline, thanks to on-the-go options like breakfast bars and the Greek yogurt explosion. But there’s one morning staple that …

Coffee

The accidental trick of light that made a master cinematographer’s career

What made James Wong Howe one of the greatest Hollywood cinematographers of all time was talent, perseverance, and innovation. But he caught his biggest break by accident.<p>Today’s (May 25) Google Doodle is on the Chinese-born American cinematographer and master of lights who revolutionized …

Film Festivals

A secret weapon for your next barbecue: yogurt

Yogurt is a bit of a miracle in the kitchen. It’s high in protein, probiotic, and incredibly versatile—and it’s a serious workhorse as an ingredient. The tub of full-fat Greek yogurt that is always in my fridge isn’t just the base for a quick breakfast or lunch, it’s my secret weapon for …

BBQ

Harvey Weinstein is reading up on another legendary filmmaker who fell hard

This morning, Harvey Weinstein arrived at the 1st precinct police station in New York City to turn himself in to face charges of rape and sex abuse. As he left his car and entered a throng of flashing camera lights, the former movie mogul clutched three books under his arm, like a shield.<p>Scores of …

Harvey Weinstein