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An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

8 body-language tricks that are hard to master but will pay off forever

As Ursula the sea witch famously said, "Don't underestimate the importance of body language."<p>Some tricks, like remembering to smile, are easy to …

How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Drug Addiction

Patrick Perotti scoffed when his mother told him about a doctor who uses electromagnetic waves to treat drug addiction. “I thought he was a swindler,” Perotti says.<p>Perotti, who is 38 and lives in Genoa, Italy, began snorting cocaine at 17, a rich kid who loved to party. His indulgence gradually …

The Sadness of the Kardashians

E!’s 10-year-anniversary special celebrating its flagship family was surprisingly honest and strangely tragic.<p>On Friday, as Puerto Rico contended with the aftermath of a hurricane that had left much of the island without power, and North Korea threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific …

Travis Scott: Hip-Hop’s King of Chaos

Travis Scott bursts into his dressing room on a scooter, trailing assorted entourage and radiating the rich aroma of good weed. He makes for a …

Music

How to Work From Home: 6 Steps to Land the Perfect Remote Job

Want to find a great job that lets you work from home? Here's how to get hired for the perfect remote job -- and dream lifestyle for you.<p>Remote work is increasingly popular for employees and employers. (I know: "Thanks, Captain Obvious.") Working from home is quickly becoming an expectation: Nearly …

Employment

Whose Health Care Is Best? A Look at the Pros and Cons of 6 Countries’ Health Care Systems Across the World

Athletes Are Not Going to 'Stick to Sports' and That's an Admirably American Thing

On Sept. 16, 1960, before a home game against the Athletics, Cleveland pitcher James (Mudcat) Grant was standing in the bullpen singing along with …

Civil Rights

4 Social Media Trends You Need to Know About for Next Year

2018 is just around the corner. Are you ready for it?<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The end of the year is quickly approaching -- the holiday season is right around the corner and 2018 is just a few months away. Social media gives your brand an incredible …

Social Media

Meet the people behind a growing NFL boycott

‘Being black is bigger than watching football’<p>Before the regulars started to flood the pub and libations were passed around, a man stood behind the bar and stared at CNN. By 7 p.m. on this August night he was in a media-created daze. To him, he was alone. Just Kenny Johnson and the tube.<p>Johnson, …

Civil Rights

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Paper ... or glass?<p>Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?<p>It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow …

College & University

New AI can work out whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions<p>Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have …

Artificial Intelligence

Medical Marijuana: A Beginner’s Guide

This week, I finally convinced my father to try a cannabis salve for his arthritis. You would think after four years of reporting on the marijuana …

Cannabis

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began. The ‘‘Unite the Right’’ Facebook page, which had been used to organize the rally in Charlottesville, was removed the day before the event was scheduled, forcing planners to disperse to other platforms to organize. …

Rights & Freedoms

4 Ways Going to the Doctor Is Radically Changing

The future of health care in the U.S. is far from settled, but how people receive it now is also undergoing a revolution. Health records are …

Digital Health

Squeezed out by Silicon Valley, the far right is creating its own corporate world

Over and over again, those on America's far right have learned that the 1st Amendment doesn't protect them from Silicon Valley tech companies.<p>For weeks, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and other far-right figures have been organizing for a "Unite the Right" demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., on …

Rights & Freedoms

Ex-Alabama Death Row Inmate Seeking Compensation for '30 Years of Hell'

The state of Alabama took 30 years of Anthony Ray Hinton's life when they sent him to death row for two murders he did not commit.<p>Now they won’t give him a dime.<p>Hinton’s application for redress was unanimously approved by a state senate committee earlier this year and an Alabama lawmaker introduced …

Death Row

AP Exclusive: Parole for young lifers inconsistent across US

DETROIT (AP) — Courtroom 801 is nearly empty when guards bring in Bobby Hines, hands cuffed in front of navy prison scrubs.<p>It's been more than 27 years since Hines stood before a judge in this building. He was 15 then, just out of eighth grade, answering for his role in the murder of a man over a …

U.S. Supreme Court

‘Girls Trip’ Star Tiffany Haddish Takes Her Seat at the Table

The breakout star of the summer gets emotional over her long, difficult journey to Hollywood, the reaction to ‘Girls Trip’ from black women, and …

Projecting College Football Preseason Top 25 at the Start of Fall Camp

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will almost certainly open the 2017 college football season as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25, but where will Week 1 opponent Florida State land in that poll?<p>Using a combination of offseason research and observations and the last several years …

‘It seems cool to be racist now’: The rising profile of the black gun owner

<i>About US is a new initiative by The Washington Post to cover issues of identity in the United States. Look for the About US newsletter launching this fall.</i><p>Mark Warner was hovering over the counter of handguns, about midway through the morning shift at Blue Ridge Arsenal, the black-owned gun store …

Opioid Crisis: Photographing Addicts in a Compassionate Way

A Caring Lens on the Opioid Crisis<p>Photographs by <b>JEFFREY STOCKBRIDGE</b><br>Text BY <b>LILY ROTHMAN</b><p>In 2012, when LightBox spoke to Philadelphia-based photographer …

Numb

Who's Winning the Fight for the Best In-Car Technology?

There was a time when buyers measured the appeal of a vehicle based on such things as styling, performance or the availability of features like power windows and leather seats. But these days, shoppers are seeking out the vehicles that offer the most seamless and powerful digital technologies.<p>Next …

General Motors

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

A 10-year-old’s overdose death reveals Miami neighborhood’s intense struggle with opioids

When 10-year-old Alton Banks left the community swimming pool on the last day of his life, he walked past the elementary school where he had just finished fifth grade.<p>He passed a cheery banner that defined a beaten-down ­inner-city neighborhood trying to will itself into up-and-comingness: …

pharmaceuticals

Who is Jaheim Oatis? Meet the Eighth Grader With Offers From Alabama, Ole Miss

Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have offered scholarships to 6'4", 286-pound eighth-grader Jaheim Oatis of Columbia, Miss., he announced on …

The best bets and most interesting long shots to make the College Football Playoff

New odds to make the College Football Playoff have been released by Bovada.LV<p>The College Football Playoff is still a little over six months away, but …

How to save money on college: 3 clever ways Gen Z is managing high tuition and other costs

Headlines about crushing student loan debt seem to have made a pretty strong impression on college-bound students in Generation Z, defined as a …

College & University

'You Can't Shop Here'

Men are spending more money on their clothes than ever before, and more men than ever are plus-sized. So why haven't brands figured out how to create something they actually want to wear?<p>Brandon Coates is used to being stopped on the street. On the subway, too. And at coffee shops, and parties, and …

Something Strange in Usain Bolt’s Stride

DALLAS — Usain Bolt of Jamaica appeared on a video screen in a white singlet and black tights, sprinting in slow motion through the final half of a 100-meter race. Each stride covered nine feet, his upper body moving up and down almost imperceptibly, his feet striking the track and rising so …

Methodist University