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How One Woman's Discovery Shook the Foundations of Geology

<b>By Brooke Jarvis</b><p><b>Marie Tharp spent the fall of 1952</b> hunched over a drafting table, surrounded by charts, graphs, and jars of India ink. Nearby, spread …

The country that brought yoghurt to the world

Not only is the history of yoghurt tied to Bulgaria, but Bulgaria's history and identity can be traced through its production.<p>In Bulgaria, yoghurt is everywhere. You’ll find it dolloped on falafel wraps, slathered on moussaka and lined up in supermarket refrigerators. It is the basis of traditional …

Yogurt

We have a child-care crisis in this country. We had the solution 78 years ago.

By Dayna M. Kurtz<p>Millions of babies are born in this country every year, although the numbers are declining. Last year, the United States had its lowest birthrate in 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a new survey, in which participants were asked why they …

Child Care

Pizza Physics: Why Brick Ovens Bake The Perfect Italian-Style Pie

The ideal Italian pizza, be it Neapolitan or Roman, has a crisp crust flecked with dark spots — marks left by a blazing hot oven. The dough is fluffy, moist and stretchy, and the toppings are piping hot. A pizzeria's brick oven pops these out to perfection, but intrepid home cooks attempting to …

New York Style

At Age 67, Swimmer Honors Brothers With World Record Career

20 years ago, Pat Gallant-Charette was a 46-year-old "spectator mom" whose idea of exercise was walking around the block. Now, she holds six world …

Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?

Six months ago, Melissa Nichols brought her baby girl, Arlo, home from the hospital. And she immediately had a secret.<p>"I just felt guilty and like I didn't want to tell anyone," says Nichols, who lives in San Francisco. "It feels like you're a bad mom. The mom guilt starts early, I guess."<p>Across …

Pregnancy

How a Working-Class Couple Amassed a Priceless Art Collection

<b>By Jed Lipinski</b><p>Herb Vogel never earned more than $23,000 a year. Born and raised in Harlem, Vogel worked for the post office in Manhattan. He spent …

Congress, Not Amazon, Messed Up the Post Office

Before the news cycle gets consumed by the U.S.-China trade war in the making, let's go back to something I find much more intriguing: the U.S. Postal Service. Specifically, is Amazon.com Inc.'s contract with the USPS kosher, or is it a sweetheart deal that amounts to a government giveaway?<p>Let's …

Private Sector

How an Italian town changed me

“In the first days of my honeymoon, I travelled to central Italy to retrace the same steps my great-grandmother Filomena walked after her own nuptials, almost 100 years earlier.”<p>Everywhere I went, I walked in her footsteps. She stepped on these same stones, past the Roman-era thermal baths, beyond …

Replace the Word Very with One of These 128 Modifiers

Do you remember high school English class very well? If so, you likely spotted the flaw in that sentence. If you didn't, here's a refresher: As our …

The Beatles in India: 16 Things You Didn’t Know

By 1968, despite, or maybe because of, their huge popularity and success, the Beatles found themselves spiritually exhausted. “We’d been the Beatles, …

Call the Aztec Midwife: Childbirth in the 16th Century

Hygiene and ritual marked every moment of life for pregnant Aztec women. The tlamatlquiticitl—midwife—offered those in her charge a remarkable 16th-century birthing plan, combining practical care, drugs for pain relief, and religious ceremonies.<p>This story appears in the January/February 2017 issue …

From Brooklyn to India, in Search of the Secret to Parenthood

When my daughter’s pediatrician in New York City weighs her, we have to take all of her clothes and diaper off and step away from the scale so it can be recalibrated. Then we put her on the scale, our hands hovering over her in case she picks that moment to become an expert roller. Her weight, down …

How Pirates Of The Caribbean Hijacked America's Metric System

If the United States were more like the rest of the world, a McDonald's Quarter Pounder might be known as the McDonald's 113-Grammer, John Henry's 9-pound hammer would be 4.08 kilograms, and any 800-pound gorillas in the room would likely weigh 362 kilos.<p>One reason this country never adopted the …

Thomas Jefferson

AP FACT CHECK: Blue high-tax states fund red low-tax states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have spent months promoting the myth that red low-tax states are subsidizing blue high-tax states because of the deduction for state and local taxes.<p>An Associated Press Fact Check finds it's actually the other way around. High-tax, traditionally Democratic …

New Jersey

This Eclectic Community Transformed a Desert into a Fantastical Forest

Picture Stories<p>Living offline and off-the-grid, these people gather in India to bring life back to a once deserted land, healing themselves in the process.<p>“The jungle is a womb. The air in the tropics is like warm honey, viscous, sticky, filling the ears until the sounds of the outside world are …

Whole Wheat Is No Healthier than White Bread, Food Scientists Claim

And it may actually be worse for you.<p>When it comes to heathy foods, the rules are always changing. Fat was the enemy, then it was sugar. “Eat more protein” turned into “eat less meat.” But we’ve always seemed to agree that wheat bread is healthier than white bread. For better or worse, that too …

Why Does Japan Have Blue Traffic Lights Instead of Green?

In Japan, a game of Red Light, Green Light might be more like Red Light, Blue Light. Because of a linguistic quirk of Japanese, some of the country’s …

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates both do this mundane chore that may have significant mental benefits

Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates may be the two richest men on the planet, but that doesn't mean they're above doing the dishes.<p>Both billionaires say they …

Send scam emails to this chatbot and it’ll waste their time for you

Chatbots. They’re usually a waste of your time, so why not have them waste someone else’s instead? Better yet: why not have them waste an <i>email scammer’s</i> time.<p>That’s the premise behind Re:scam, an email chatbot operated by New Zealand cybersecurity firm Netsafe. Next time you get a dodgy email in …

Chatbots

7 of the World's Most Terrifying Ladders

Do heights give you an adrenaline rush? To successfully scale one of these terrifying ladders, you'll need to possess a few key traits—namely …

Bizarre Theory Says It's Actually The Year 1720 Because The Early Middle Ages Were Faked

According to the Phantom Time Hypothesis, Charlemagne never existed along with 297 years that were just made up.<p>Heribert Illig, creator of the …

Ancient History

The man who is a verb at the White House

Several Presidents and more press secretaries have come and gone in the last four decades, but Raghubir Goyal is still going strong in the White …

The biggest ever fire sale of Indian corporate assets has begun, to tide over bad loans crisis

We are seeing what is effectively India Inc.’s biggest ever fire sale. It’s even bigger than the government’s planned divestment target.<p>The Reserve …

Here's The True Story Behind The Collapse of The Mysterious Easter Island Culture

No, they didn't destroy their island.<p>For a long while it wasn't clear whether the island's native population originated in Polynesia or South America.<p>…

'Swedish death cleaning' is the new decluttering trend

<b>It's not what it sounds like.</b><p>My mother used to be addicted to the thrift store. She went every week for no purpose other than to browse for deals. Of …

The Lawyer Who Beat Big Tobacco Takes On the Opioid Industry

Seven years ago, Mike Moore stepped from the 2 a.m. darkness into the light of a small home off Lakeland Drive in Jackson, Miss., to find his nephew …

Pharma

The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes

YOSEMITE — Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, I can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne …