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Brazil First Lady Marcela Temer rescued dog from lake

<b>Brazil's First Lady, Marcela Temer, jumped into a lake at the presidential palace in Brasilia to rescue her dog, presidential officials have revealed.</b><p>When she found Picoly, a Jack Russell, in distress in the water, she threw herself into the lake fully clothed to rescue him.<p>A security agent who …

Brazil

What Lord of the Flies is really about

My father distrusted simple judgments, but he did say his novel was about the importance of the rule of law, and the complexity of human beings, says William Golding’s daughter Judy Golding Carver<p>David Shariatmadari’s account of my father’s novel Lord of the Flies was a little sweeping when he …

Literature

Inside Rex Tillerson’s Ouster

The last days of his brief and chaotic tenure as Secretary of State.<p>Rex Tillerson’s team was fighting again. “So, who’s going to go in with him?” Margaret Peterlin, his chief of staff, was saying. She looked me up and down with an expression that suggested she’d discovered a pest in the house. We …

‘Nerves of steel’: She calmly landed the Southwest flight, just as you’d expect of a former fighter pilot

The pilot’s voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board.<p>“Southwest 1380, we’re single engine,” said Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy. “We have part of the aircraft missing, so we’re going to need to slow down a bit.” She asked for …

Wells Fargo

The 50 best audiobooks of all time

If you love to read, but haven't had the time to sit down with a good book lately, consider listening to an audiobook. Today's audiobooks can be downloaded right to your phone, and make the perfect listening companion for your commute, workout, or anytime your hands are busy but your ears are …

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most

Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.<p>Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house</i> …

Self-help

26 Resources to Further Your Understanding of Gun Violence in America

The Las Vegas massacre drove home the importance of fact-based research, reporting, and storytelling about gun violence in America. After the …

Guns

Millions ‘March For Our Lives’: Pictures

Houston

135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

Store these away for future trivia nights.<p>1. Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once …

George Washington

“Should We Be Worried?”: Tech Geniuses Fret That A.I. Is Gonna Kill Us All—Soonish

According to one author, our civilization has only 730 years left. Sorry. But you’ve been warned.<p>Earlier this week, I attended a dinner party hosted by the Edge Foundation, an association that fosters conversation between science and tech intellectuals, in which I found myself seated among a group …

Singularity

The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards, an annual competition hosted by the World Photography Organisation, just announced its shortlist of winners for 2018. This year's contest attracted nearly 320,000 entries from more than 200 countries. The organizers have again been kind enough to share some of …

A Look Back at Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn's Greatest Moments

The designer and actress had a decades-long bond that shaped both of their careers.<p>This morning, it was announced that Hubert de Givenchy passed away in Paris at the age of 91. The iconic designer, who founded the house of Givenchy in 1952, was known for his elegant, sophisticated creations that …

Stephen Hawking’s brilliance in 9 quotes

Disability

In Lindsey Vonn’s Quest for Greatness, Her Body Has Paid a Price

At 33, Vonn has sustained many injuries and made legendary comebacks. All in all, her desire to keep ski racing at highway speeds is unquenchable.

Lindsey Vonn

For Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer, 10,000 more sorrows

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Eight time zones west, the children flocked around televisions at schools in the Netherlands, their gatherings appearing in photos on phones the broadcasters showed at an ice rink 5,300 miles away. You could picture Dutch people in cars, listening to Sebastiaan Timmerman …

Speed Skating

It’s Crazy Mikaela Shiffrin Will Aim for 3 Skiing Golds. It’s Crazier She May Get Them.

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — Alone in the darkness just before sunrise, Mikaela Shiffrin sleepily trudged up a snowy knoll toward a single light illuminating the hut where she would change into her ski gear. It was the first day of May last year.<p>A month earlier, Shiffrin, 22, had won the women’s World …

Skiing

Julian Edelman started a 'Let's go Dola' chant during Super Bowl LII

Julian Edelman was ineligible to return for the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, but the wide receiver still made his presence known at U.S. Bank Stadium …

On 'Day Zero,' Cape Town will run out of water. It's not the only city at risk.

Officials in Cape Town, South Africa, recently announced that the city will run out of water, perhaps as soon as April. On “Day Zero,” Cape Town will turn off the taps, leaving some 4 million people without basic access to water. Residents are bracing for the worst, with many fearing a breakdown in …

Cape Town

A little corner of Brazil that is forever Okinawa

<b>Who would have known that the Okinawan language found a home in Brazil just when it was fading back in Japan? BBC Brasil's Leticia Mori has this report from Sao Paulo.</b><p>Walking around Liberdade district, you would be forgiven for thinking you were in Tokyo. Nowhere in Brazil are the influences of …

The Workout That Saves Lindsey Vonn From Wipeouts

In the gym with the skier as she fights the weights and the rotational forces.

Winter Olympics

Bruno Mars Takes Top Honors at the Grammys: Pictures

This is how democracies die

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage<p>Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but …

Political Science

These NFL Teams Have the Most Super Bowl Wins

Super Bowl fans have been tuning into the biggest game of the season for more than 50 years, but only 13 National Football League teams have actually …

‘Porn for women’ searches are up, but female sexuality existed long before Fifty Shades

Porn didn’t invent women’s desire or exploitation, but, looking back at history, it has a powerful role in shaping both<p>Another week, another news story about women’s porn habits: this time, data released by Pornhub showing that last year searches of “porn for women” increased by 359%. Year on year, …

Framing

‘Our baby in chief’: Robert De Niro unloads on President Trump in profanity-laced tirade

Robert De Niro called President Trump “our baby in chief” on Tuesday night, and that is about the only printable insult hurled by Trump’s frequent critic.<p>The anticipation of how movie stars would address the cultural moment of sexual harassment stood in for the suspense of announcing winners of the …

Golden Globes

Walk yourself fit: how striding out could transform your body

You walk every day without giving it a thought, but what if you could unlock a better, fitter, stronger you?<p>• Plus scroll down for step-by-step instructions<p>“Some people walk like this.” Joanna Hall, sports scientist, one-time TV fitness guru and now walking expert springs off to demonstrate a walk. …

Swimming Pools

A Trump Judicial Nominee Couldn't Answer Basic Questions About The Law

It has not been a pretty week for President Trump’s judicial nominees. On Wednesday, two were removed from consideration before the Senate due to …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

The Top Viral YouTube Videos of 2017

Since its inception in 2005, YouTube has become one of the biggest platforms for new-age Internet celebrities and one-hit wonders alike. That was no …

Music

Science shows why it's important to speak — not write — to people who disagree with you

There may be more to the phrase “the voice of reason” than meets the ear. When it comes to controversial ideas, a person's voice is more persuasive than the written word, according to a new study.<p>In “The Humanizing Voice: Speech Can Reveal, and Text Conceal, The Presence of a Thoughtful Mind in The …

Psychology