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27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Linguistics

So, you want to avoid holiday commercialism? These gifts give back to those in need

If you’re stymied as to what to get that fussy friend/co-worker/spouse as a holiday gift, something that has a philanthropic component is always a safe bet. Whether a percentage of sales goes toward rescuing a dog, caring for orphans or funding a homeless shelter, giving something from this list …

Rose Gold

The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

When Working From Home Doesn’t Work

IBM pioneered telecommuting. Now it wants people back in the office.<p>In 1979, IBM was putting its stamp on the American landscape. For 20 years, it had been hiring the greats of modernism to erect buildings where scientists and salespeople could work shoulder-to-shoulder commanding the burgeoning …

Employment

WeWork's $20 Billion Office Party: The Crazy Bet That Could Change How The World Does Business

<b>ADAM NEUMANN, THE FRENETIC</b> cofounder and CEO of WeWork, was pacing back and forth in his office in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, ignoring the heavy bag, the Peloton spin bike and the generously stocked bar in favor of something more urgent: the clock. Softbank boss Masayoshi Son, Japan’s …

WeWork

The bold, tech-fuelled plan to save Africa’s big beasts

Kenya's rhinos, elephants, and zebras pull in millions of tourism dollars and supply jobs. Poachers threaten that – but an ambitious programme is combining the influence of local communities and innovative technology to keep them at bay.<p>Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in …

Wildlife

The Advantages of Test-Tube Tuna

As edible, affordable lab-grown meat remains out of reach, a tiny start-up might have found a faster route to dinner tables.<p>Most people who follow food are aware that scientists and tech companies are trying to grow meat in labs. When they’ll see it and what it will look and taste like—those are …

San Francisco

Here's What Happens to Your Body When You Go on a Weekend Bender

You knew binge drinking was bad for you. But you didn't know it was this bad<p>You hit it hard last night, and you feel like a pile of dog crap this morning. Normally you’d take it easy tonight and have a few beers with your buddies, or at most, enjoy a night in front of the TV. But you’ve got a …

The Science Behind Psychopaths and Extreme Altruists

Researchers have found that the way our brains are wired can affect how much empathy we feel toward others—a key measuring stick of good and evil.<p><b>From the kitchen window</b> of her mobile home in Auburn, Illinois, Ashley Aldridge had a clear view of the railroad crossing about a hundred yards away.<p>When …

The Fake-News Fallacy

Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet.<p>On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio. Aliens had landed just down the road, a newscaster announced, and were …

Journalism

Best Places for a Long Weekend Around the World

These days, you can take a long weekend (almost) anywhere and get more mileage out of three days than you once could—literally. Here, our seven picks for the best international designations to go for 72 hours when Napa and Nantucket just don't cut it.

Buenos Aires

To be creative, learn these seven stages of creativity

• <b>Prioritize:</b> To have the space for creative work, you need to have a clear picture of what you’re doing in any given moment. The clearer your priorities, the more focused you can be on the task at hand. The <i>Getting Things Done</i> system can keep distractions out of your head, and in a “trusted system.” …

Creativity

This 23-year-old just closed her second fund — which is focused on aging — with $22 million

Laura Deming is not your typical venture capitalist. Then again, she isn’t typical in many ways.<p>For starters, the 23-year-old, New Zealand native was home schooled, developing along the way a love of math and physics and, perhaps most interestingly, the biology of aging. In fact, she became so …

The truth about Japanese tempura

When 16th-Century Portuguese came to Japan, they brought a special dish with them. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.<p>In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up …

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 …

The Food Lab: My 19 Favorite Summer Grilling Recipes

Even when I lived in a New York apartment, grilling (perhaps illegally, on my balcony) was my favorite way to spend a warm summer evening. Now that I'm out in the Bay Area, warm summer evenings don't really exist, but I've got far more room for grilling than I've ever had before, which means that …

Your Stars and Stripes T-Shirt Technically Violates the Flag Code

Wearing the American flag might be more controversial than you think.<p>Just two months after Abbie Hoffman and his Yippies protested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, he shook the foundation of American ideals and patriotism again, this time with what he was wearing. To interrupt the House …

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

Yes, the placebo effect is all in your mind. And it’s real.<p>Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness.<p>In these trials, neither doctors …

'Despicable Me 3' Exposed A Flaw In Our Rotten Tomatoes Obsession

There has been much talk over the last month about the effect that critical reviews, specifically those aggregated by <i>Rotten Tomatoes</i>, has had on the box office of formerly critic-proof films like <i>Transformers: The Last Knight</i> and <i>Baywatch</i>. As I’ve said now and then, the site itself is a good thing. …

Animation

Who is Seema Verma? The behind-the-scenes player helping Republicans on health care

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> As President Donald Trump tried to push lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a key behind-the-scenes player emerged: Seema Verma.<p>Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was a fixture in closed-door meetings with House and Senate …

Health Care

Why Angela Merkel, known for embracing liberal values, voted against same-sex marriage

By Rick Noack<p>Reporter<p>Friday's parliamentary vote in Berlin to recognize the right of same-sex couples to wed was a long-awaited victory for German liberals. But the vote was a defeat for the woman who seemed to have emerged as one of the country's most popular icons of liberalism: German Chancellor …

Angela Merkel

A 'cutting-edge' Confederate death trap inspired today's sub

When the crew of the USS Housatonic looked out into the water on the night of February 17, 1864, they weren't entirely sure what they were seeing.<p>There was something moving toward them, just four miles off the shore of Charleston, South Carolina. It might have been a log -- but logs don't drift …

​Is Poop Doping the Next Big Thing?

Lauren Petersen, a scientist at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, is one of an elite group of scientists looking at the gut microbiology of athletes. Petersen, who founded the Athlete Microbiome Project, is specifically researching cyclists.<p>Her connection to …

6 reasons your best employees are secretly looking for new jobs

As a career coach, I spend my days helping people make career changes, which means I'm verrrrry familiar with the reasons why people are moving on to greener pastures.<p>Here's why your best employees are quitting and what you can do to avoid losing more of them:

The Best Secret Streets Around the World

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The Truth About 7 Food Myths

Throughout my years as a sports nutritionist, several athletes have asked whether they should avoid eating turkey on game days because it might make …

How A Logo’s Color Shapes Consumers’ Opinion Of A Brand

A new study on the ethical implications of logo colors suggests that the blue might be “greener” than green when it comes to branding.<p>We live in a time of rampant greenwashing. Ever since companies realized that eco-friendliness can lure consumers, they’ve gone out of their way to market themselves …

This American tourist’s 100 observations about England has gone totally viral

WHEN AMERICAN TOURIST Scott Waters decided to write some things he learned on a recent visit to small-town England, he probably wasn’t expecting his …

Washing Machines