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“Daria” and “Beavis and Butt-head” are headlining MTV’s new ’90s throwback network

Get pumped, ’90s kids: The classics like <i>Daria</i> and <i>Beavis & Butt-head</i> that made MTV a staple of your youth are returning to television.<p>Parent company Viacom is rebranding VH1 Classic as MTV Classic and the network’s programming lineup is a throwback to MTV’s heyday. It features reruns of fan …

Beavis and Butt-head

Hillary Clinton is pushing the radical platform that mothers are the most powerful leaders in the world

Philadelphia<p>In her widely-admired endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia about Clinton as a mother. “See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children—not just her own …

Bill Clinton

Amazon’s least sexy business now brings in $10 billion a year

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing division, generated $2.9 billion in revenue in the second quarter of 2016, up 58% from a year earlier. Tally that with the previous nine months, and AWS is officially bringing in $10 billion a year.<p>While quarterly revenue from AWS is still rising, …

Amazon

Alphabet’s killer second quarter in charts

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, had a pretty great quarter, as far as investors are concerned. The company reported its second-quarter earnings today (July 28), and the stock price was up about 5% in after-hours trading at the time of publishing.<p>The company reported revenue of $21.5 billion, up …

Alphabet, Inc.

Purple is the new color of the 2016 US presidential race

Amid a sea of blue, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg raised eyebrows last night, July 28, when he took the stage at the Democratic National Convention wearing a vivid purple tie. Purple, of course, is an intermediate color formed by combining blue and red—the perfect match for his …

2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Meet the Nevada Democrat ushering in a wave of marijuana legalization

Of all the distinguished Democrats roaming the halls of Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center this week, Tick Segerblom is the only one who can boast a strain of commercial marijuana that bears his name. Developed by a Nevada grower, the Segerblom Haze gives a peppy but powerful high that’s heavy on …

Nevada

In a massive attempt to stop the spread of terror, French media are no longer publishing photos of terrorists

After a spate of violent attacks in France, several French media organizations have vowed to no longer publish the names or images of terrorists.<p>In an editorial published yesterday (July 27), after the killing of a priest by knife-wielding men in a Normandy church, newspaper Le Monde said (link in …

London School of Economics

Charted: How the iPhone ate Apple

Tim Cook may have talked up the importance of Apple’s “services” segment when he announced the company’s latest earnings this week, but Apple’s fate is still inextricably linked to its iconic iPhone.<p>No matter what new products and services Apple has launched since June 2007, when the iPhone was …

iPhone

A 9-year-old black girl is officially the smartest person in the Marvel Universe

Comic book fans have argued for decades over who has the sharpest mind in Marvel’s 9,000-plus-character universe. There are about eight unaided contenders in the primary fictional canon and they’re all male and most are white. Genius scientist Reed Richards, also known as Mister Fantastic, is …

Comics

A new drug claims to be the first to halt Alzheimer’s, but is it science or spin?

One in five cancer drug gets through a clinical trial successfully. With Alzheimer’s drugs, one can say the same for only one in 250. And this poor success rate matters because Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, is a rapidly growing problem.<p>In the US, for example, it is becoming proportionally more …

The Brain

The MoMA-approved TV designed to save TVs from obsolescence

Who needs a TV anymore? At a time when we’re surrounded by screens—computers, mobile phones, projectors—the single-purpose black box that was once the centerpiece of every US home has become optional, if not obsolete. And that’s especially true for city dwellers in tiny urban apartments, where …

Art

If not for Audi and Porsche, Volkswagen would be in much deeper trouble

Fortunately, Volkswagen isn’t just Volkswagen. For all its troubles, the group is proving relatively resilient thanks to the other brands in its stable.<p>In the nine months since the German carmaker was caught cheating on emissions tests, deliveries of VW-branded cars have dropped by 2.3%. In its …

Porsche

How Donald Trump punked America by manipulating our obsession with useless polls

On the morning of July 25, Americans woke up to the news that Donald Trump, fresh off the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, was beating Hillary Clinton in a CNN poll, 44% to 39%. By the time you read this article, this statistic will have likely changed. Perhaps you’re reading this …

Donald Trump

There’s a way Apple can still make money after the iPhone—but brand loyalists won’t like it

Apple reported lackluster earnings on Tuesday as the company’s iPhone sales continued to slide. The numbers make it clear that the future of the consumer products behemoth is no longer in its consumer products. The fix? Apple should release a version of iOS for non-Apple devices. This suggestion …

iPhone

Taking one of the first public walks through Tesla's Gigafactory with Elon Musk — Quartz

Elon Musk is building his dream factory in the Nevada desert. “I find this to be quite romantic,” he said during an interview session at the Gigafactory on Tuesday. “It feels like the Wild West.”<p>Located 24 miles outside of Reno, the Gigafactory is slated to be the largest building in the world (by …

Tesla

The world’s cities with the most bookstores and libraries per capita

The streets of Edinburgh and Hong Kong are overflowing with books. Istanbul and Singapore, less so.<p>Every year the World Cities Culture Forum collects information on how people consume culture around the world. The organization looks at factors like how many video game arcades a city has, or how …

Cities

Guess which country pays the highest taxes in Europe?

For five consecutive years, Belgians have paid the highest amount of taxes in the European Union (EU). But after reducing the real tax rate last year, Belgium gave up the not-so coveted title to its neighbor.<p>With a real tax rate of 57.53%, France topped the list in 2016. Belgium was second, and …

Belgium

What to expect from Alphabet’s earnings

Alphabet is set to report its second-quarter earnings after US markets close today (July 28), and it’s likely to be a mixed bag.<p>Although it’s been a year since Google announced that it would reorganize into the holding company Alphabet, the story of the company is still dominated by Google. …

Alphabet, Inc.

There will be 1.8 billion Indians by 2050. GM crops are the only way to feed them all

There’s a food crisis looming over India.<p>Farmers in the country currently lose some Rs50,000 crore ($5 billion) every year to pests and diseases. Droughts, coupled with a lack of irrigation facilities, are exacerbating the problem.<p>Prices for pulses—a category of grains that includes lentils and …

Genetically modified food

Barack Obama just reminded America why it will miss him

Philadelphia<p>In his last major political speech as president, Barack Obama had the opportunity to do something novel—be a popular president who gives a boost to his putative successor, something Americans haven’t seen in recent memory.<p>And he did it by recognizing how tired Americans have become of …

Barack Obama

Michael Bloomberg just gave Hillary Clinton her new campaign slogan

At the Democratic Convention tonight, Michael Bloomberg gave a resounding endorsement of Hillary Clinton, but also a public thumping of fellow billionaire Donald Trump.<p>He had jabbed at Trump before, as my colleague Tim Fernholz reported:<p>Bloomberg has already made clear his disdain for Republican …

Michael Bloomberg

Facebook is an unstoppable force on mobile

If you needed more proof that Facebook is absolutely crushing it on mobile, consider this: More than a billion people now check Facebook from their phones every single day. Facebook revealed the new milestone today (July 27) when it released its second-quarter earnings.<p>Facebook now boasts a $17 …

Mobile

Trump’s loose talk on Russia threatens to undo a century of hard-won geopolitical gains

In 1919, the US deported 249 alleged “radicals” on a military ship to the Soviet Union. It was a drastic measure, ordered by US president Woodrow Wilson’s administration as a Red Scare swept through the West following Russia’s Bolshevik Revolution.<p>Since then, especially during the Cold War but even …

Russia

The chance of a woman running the United Nations just got smaller

This could be the year for women’s power. Europe’s two largest economies are led by women and the US could elect its first female president in November.<p>But what about the United Nations? Could the UN elect its first female Secretary General, when current Secretary General Ban Ki-moon steps down at …

United Nations

Hillary Clinton is telling the truth to white working-class voters. She might be better off lying.

Philadelphia<p>The Democratic convention is pulling together the base voters Hillary Clinton will need to win—women, minorities, the college-educated, and liberals—and despite resilient bubbles of Sanders resistance, two days of unity messaging has the party melding together.<p>Less attention has been …

Democrats

Facebook and Google succeed because they’re governed as “benevolent dictatorships”

Amid a series of tech industry earnings misses the last few quarters, Facebook proved to be a reliable bright spot, delivering solid growth and financials that consistently exceeded the estimates.<p>We’ll find out after the close of US markets today (July 27) whether Facebook has kept the string of …

New York University

Two of the Rio Olympics’ biggest champions won’t be at the games

Dilma Rousseff has spent her whole presidency working to put on the Rio 2016 Olympics. But Brazil’s suspended president won’t be on the stands when the games open on Aug. 5.<p>Neither will her predecessor and ally, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who spearheaded and won Brazil’s Olympic …

Olympics

Scientists are looking everywhere, and we mean everywhere, for new antibiotics

One potential answer to the growing problem of antibiotic resistant infections may have been right under our noses all along—or rather, in them.<p>Today (July 27), researchers from the University of Tübingen in Germany identified a nose-dwelling bacteria capable of producing a compound that can kill …

Antibiotics

Americans can finally order an Impossible Burger, the high-end meatless burger that “bleeds”

Could the next burger fad be one that’s plant-based and oozes fake blood?<p>Starting today (July 27), consumers in New York City will be able to order the much-anticipated plant-based burger developed by Impossible Foods. The burger is debuting at chef David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi, and will become …

Whole foods

Hillary Clinton’s husband wore a fetching pantsuit to honor her nomination for US president

Tuesday night (July 26), Bill Clinton, the husband of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to honor his wife’s historic achievement. Bill’s stately-but-approachable appearance and middle-of-the-road fashion choices make him a terrific candidate …

Democrats