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23 books we’ve loved so far this year

Summer reading is the G-spot of American publishing — much rumored, never verified. Yet the excitement inspired by the idea of summer reading remains strong, linked to all kinds of halcyon fantasies: This July, we’ll finally get in shape; we’ll leave the laptop at home; we’ll catch up on Karl Ove …

Literature

Artist manipulates photos into surreal and dreamlike scenes

Typically, when we feature Sarah DeRemer's artwork, we're weirded out by her animal mashups. But this time, we're going to peek into her dream state.

DeRemer manipulates ordinary photos to create odd and sometimes creepy, dream-like scenes by mixing two objects into unexpected mashups, or …

The Arts

Why we love to fear sharks

It was a quiet evening at sea in the waning days of World War II. The USS Indianapolis had just delivered the crucial components of the atomic bomb that would level Hiroshima to a naval base on the Mariana Islands. Their part in that grim undertaking complete, they sailed on toward the …

Sharks

With Palin 'Death Panels' Debunked, Congress Pushes End-Of-Life Planning

The politics of end-of-life care are beginning to disappear in Washington six years after Tea Party darling Sarah Palin injected false claims that Congressional health reform legislation included “death panels.”

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Virginia Democrat Mark Warner …

Conservative News

Here’s What It Means Now That Greece Voted “No” On Its Bailout Plan

In a victory for Prime Minister Alexis Tsiparis’ government, Greeks voted on Sunday against the EU and IMF’s bailout plan.

Greeks rejected a series of proposals from Greece’s lenders on Sunday in a 61% - 39% vote, throwing into further chaos the status of negotiations over the funding Greece …

Bailouts

Astronomers discover 'monster black holes'

Discovery suggests there may be millions more 'supermassive' black holes in the universe than were previously thought

Five monster black holes that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered by astronomers.

The British-led discovery suggests there may be millions more "supermassive" …

Astronomy

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

AS many as one in three Americans tries to avoid gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free menus, gluten-free labels and gluten-free guests at summer dinners have proliferated.

Some of the anti-glutenists argue that we haven’t eaten wheat for long enough to adapt to it as a …

Gluten

How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

City life can take a serious toll on your mental health. Research has shown that urban dwellers are more likely to suffer from chronic stress and mental illness, particularly depression.

But according to new research, the antidote to those city blues could be as simple as a walk in the park.

A …

Mental Health

Amazon's 'Prime Day' sale will have 'more deals than Black Friday'

Amazon's turning 20 on July 15th and will celebrate the occasion by giving you another reason to sign up for Prime. The company is launching Prime Day, a "global shopping event" that promises to have "more deals than Black Friday." Unfortunately, you'll only be allowed to participate if you give …

Amazon

Hacking Team, Which Sells Surveillance Tech To Governments, Exposed By Major Hack

One of the technology world’s most notorious providers of surveillance and intrusion software has found itself on the wrong end of an embarrassing hack.

A range of sensitive documents belonging to Italy-based Hacking Team, which is known for working with governments worldwide, appeared to leak out …

Surveillance

In Health Law, a Boon for Diet Clinics

Dr. Michael Kaplan looked across his desk at a woman who had sought out his Long Island Weight Loss Institute and asked the question he often poses to new patients: “Where do you think you go wrong with food?”

The 38-year-old patient was about 20 pounds overweight and, as she described it, …

Healthy Eating

Want to Solve Hunger AND Food Waste? There's an App for That - TIME

Food Waste

The Travel Hacks You Should Know (But Probably Don’t)

Know your baggage policies inside out

This article originally appeared on Map Happy.

Travel hacking is often synonymous with credit card churn and gaming points and miles. I’m no stranger to those tactics but I’ve always been more interested in the nifty, devious ways to get what you want while on …

Flying

Aetna-Humana Merger Marks Sway of Health-Care Law

Aetna Inc.’s $34.1 billion deal to buy Humana Inc., announced early Friday, marks the first combination following weeks of deal talks among the largest health insurers as they race to bulk up in a market reshaped by the federal health-care overhaul.

Aetna will pay $230.11 a share for its smaller …

Medicare Advantage

3 Whirlwind Weeks to 10 Years Apart to Growing Old Together

Julio Rodriguez was a seasoned flirt. Tall and handsome, he persuaded women to call him just by handing them a card printed with “you’re beautiful” and his number on the back.

Then, one steamy summer night in 1988, Mr. Rodriguez found he was the one being flirted with. He was managing a supper club …

Whirlwind

Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled …

Insurance

Cliffside Living on the Aegean Sea

Or perhaps we should say "conceptual" cliffside living on the Aegean Sea by OPA. "Casa Brutale" by OPA (Open Platform for Architecture)is an insane …

Ex Machina

This Easy iPhone Trick Will Save You Tons of Photo Space

How to use the cloud to free up more room

We’ve all been there: Running low on iPhone storage space, scrambling to delete photos we can live without to record new memories. Well, Apple’s newest iOS update gave us a handy new way to get more storage out of our iPhones without upgrading the …

iPhone

America’s Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude

West Virginia is the most neurotic state, Utah is the most agreeable and the folks of Wisconsin are the country's most extroverted, a new study says. Take TIME's test to find out which state most suits you

For a country that features the word United so prominently in its name, the U.S. is a pretty …

Maps

The Creator of a Social Network for Scientists

Just A Few Important Words About The Declaration Of Independence

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics …

Declaration of Independence

Episcopal church votes to divest from fossil fuels: 'This is a moral issue'

The leadership of the Episcopal church has voted to withdraw from fossil fuel holdings as a means of fighting climate change, delivering an important symbolic victory to environmental campaigners.

Two weeks after the pope’s pastoral letter on the environment, the divestment decision by a major US …

Fossil Fuels

Sports programs changing lives of girls in developing countries

When Kusum Kumari was nine years old, she noticed a group of girls playing soccer near her family’s home in India’s eastern Jharkhand province. The image stood out: In her rural community, where girls often marry young and have extensive responsibilities at home, playing sports is a pastime …

Women's News (India)

Texas wants its gold back inside the state's borders

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget Fort Knox or the Federal Reserve. Texas has decided to start keeping its gold holdings within in its own borders. But what makes sense politically in such a sovereignty-loving place is creating a logistical conundrum.

Texas is the only state that owns an actual stockpile …

Texas

Healing a Wounded Sense of Morality

Many veterans are suffering from a condition similar to, but distinct from, PTSD: moral injury, in which the ethical transgressions of war can leave service members traumatized.

Amy Amidon has listened to war stories on a daily basis for almost a decade.

As a clinical psychologist at the Naval …

Morality

Vertex's $259,000 Cystic Fibrosis Drug Approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s cystic-fibrosis drug Orkambi, which could treat as many as 8,500 patients in the U. S.—but at a whopping annual wholesale cost of $259,000 per patient.

The drug, a twice-daily oral tablet for patients 12 years and older, …

Cystic Fibrosis

Buffett Re-Examines Reinsurance

The obscure business of reinsurance has always been one of Warren Buffett’s favorite money makers, but a changing landscape has led his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to adjust its strategy.

Reinsurers assume other insurance companies’ risk, and Berkshire has long generated fat profits in the sector to …

Reinsurance

First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Powers Ahead

BLOCK ISLAND, R.I.—Beloved by locals and tourists for its soaring clay bluffs and unspoiled views, this small New England island is heading toward another distinction: home to the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

Five towering windmills off the island’s southeast coast are scheduled to begin …

Wind Power

Solar plane smashes solo flight record over Pacific

Solar Impulse 2, lands in Hawaii after record-breaking five-day journey across Pacific Ocean from Japan.

An aircraft attempting to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun's energy has broken a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight, the project team said.

The Solar Impulse 2, …

Aeronautics

Top Greek court clears referendum on austerity

Council of State rejects challenge by two individuals on Sunday's key vote which, polls show, is too close to call.

Greece was officially declared in default, injecting even more urgency into a make-or-break weekend referendum on the austerity measures demanded by its creditors that new polls …

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