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Calls for diplomacy vie with fresh threats in North Korea crisis

Calls for more intense diplomacy on North Korea vied Friday with threats of force, with little sense of what strategy would prevail in Washington or Pyongyang or which leader would blink first.<p>As the vacationing president tossed off remarks that in other times would have indicated imminent …

Trump drags his scandals back into the spotlight on foreign trip

The president delivers another self-inflicted wound by vigorously denying he revealed Israel was the source of intelligence.<p>President Donald Trump on Monday denied divulging Israel as the source behind highly classified intelligence he allegedly shared with Russian officials, bringing attention …

The Train That Saved Denver

The car-choked city overcame regional distrust to build a major transit system that is remaking the urban core and the suburbs, too.<p>A decade ago, travelers arriving at Denver’s sprawling new airport would look out over a vast expanse of flat, prairie dog-infested grassland and wonder if their plane …

Urban Design

10 Benefits Of Travelling Alone

Travelling itself is so beneficial for all of us because it simply expands our horizons and makes us realise the importance of exploring and not …

On Listening: 5 Books From Your Favorite Radio Hosts

“I’m a person who listens for a living,” Krista Tippett writes in the beginning of her new book <i>Becoming Wise</i>. It would seem a simple enough job description, yet to listen – to <i>really</i> listen, fully and patiently, with engagement, compassion, and an open mind – may be one of the hardest professions …

Self-improvement

Study Finds Where You Lost Your Train of Thought

Researchers have found just where you lost your train of thought.<p>They’ve seen what’s happening in the brain at the moment we get startled and lose our train of thought, and they’ve turned up a link between that just-lost thought and one of the classic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.<p>It might come …

Technology Changes, Good Management Doesn’t

I’ve always loved the contrast between Moore’s Law – Gordon Moore’s pronouncement that silicon chips’ power would double every 18 months – and Peter Drucker’s much more sober statement about the art of managing people: <i>“We are not going to breed a new race of supermen. We will have to run our</i> …

The Nailbot, A Smartphone Enabled Robot That Prints Custom Designs Directly Onto Fingernails

Engineers Pree Walia and Casey Schulz of Preemadonna have created The Nailbot, a smartphone enabled robot that prints custom decorative decals and …

The robotic personal assistant that just got $23M

Investors just poured $23 million into perfecting Amy.<p>That may sound a little less weird once you know that Amy is an artificially intelligent personal assistant and the brainchild of a startup called X.ai.<p>Clients can "cc" Amy -- or her counterpart Andrew -- on emails requesting a meeting. Then she …

Artificial Intelligence

The Apple Watch Could be Your New Museum Tour Guide

New startup Guidekick has teamed up with San Francisco’s de Young Museum to turn Apple Watches into tour guides, according to CNN Money.<p>Before …

See How Your Likelihood Of Divorce Changes With Age, Education, And Ethnicity

The most important finding? Contrary to popular belief, you are more likely to stay married than get divorced.<p>Unemployed people are more likely to divorce than those with jobs. If you’re a Native American female, you’re more likely than anyone to experience a failed marriage, but if you’re an Asian …

Here’s exactly how a brokered Republican convention would work

<i>Josh Putnam is a lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of Georgia. But, to political junkies, he's better known as the founder of Frontloading HQ (FHQ, for short), a site that tracks the presidential primary calendar and all that comes with it. With an open convention on</i> …

Panama Papers: Iceland’s Prime Minister Resigns

Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson stepped down amid growing calls for his resignation. The decision must be approved by his coalition ally and the president.<p><i>Updated on April 5 at 11:44 a.m. ET</i><p>Iceland’s prime minister, faced with massive protests calling for his resignation following revelations about …

Europe

The five most important charts from the Panama Papers leaks

It’s being described as the “biggest leak in history.” Over 11 million confidential documents were released from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which has been described as the world’s fourth-largest provider of offshore services.<p>The documents were obtained by an anonymous source who …

Corruption

Your Creative Calendar: 99 Things To Do, See, And Hear In April

Swing with Baloo in the live-action Jungle Book, jam out to Junk with M83, and get some election-year levity from Veep.<p>Winter is not coming for a while, but its most famous prognosticator, <i>Game of Thrones,</i> is indeed coming back soon and welcoming us into full-throttle springtime. It won’t be alone …

You Have 9 Months Left in 2016. Here's How to Achieve Success This Year | Inc.com

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the conversation on social media with the hashtag #Inc90Days.​</i><p>Can you believe it's April already? With spring breaking …

Panama Papers: How the world's rich hide their money

An international collection of journalists published a report on the financial activities of a dozen current and former world leaders that said …

Forget unicorns — investors are looking for 'cockroach' startups now

But tech and startup investment is going to be defined by a very different beast in 2016 — the cockroach.<p>"Everything is about resiliency now to weather the storm," says Tim McSweeney, a director at technology-focused merchant bank Restoration Partners. "Unicorn, it's a mythical beast, whereas a …

10 weirdest job interview questions

Job interviews are nerve-racking enough.<p>The sweaty handshake, the stuffy attire, the self-promotion and salary talk.<p>And then comes a curve-ball question: "Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?"<p>Hmmm.<p>That's just a taste of the top oddball questions employers fired at …

Baked Alaska: A Creation Story Shrouded In Mystery

On March 30, 1867, for a mere $7.2 million — about two cents per acre — the U.S. bought land from Russia that would eventually make Alaska its 49th state, gaining a delicious fringe benefit in the process: Baked Alaska.<p>No, this igloo-shaped dessert — cake and ice cream shrouded in toasted meringue …

Why the 21st Century Will Belong to Family Businesses

I was recently asked to give a talk about family businesses, and the conference organizer told me not to even mention the “three generation rule.” As he put it: “Everyone already knows that family businesses don’t last.”<p>He’s perfectly right. An oft-cited statistic is that only 30% of family …

Pompeii’s Graffiti and the Ancient Origins of Social Media

From Roman walls to Twitter, humans have a long-standing obsession with leaving their mark.<p>The oldest known graffiti at Pompeii also happens to be among the simplest: Gaius was here. Or, more precisely, “Gaius Pumidius Diphilus was here,” along with a time stamp, which historians have dated to …

Ancient History

How To Design Happiness

Experts from Lippincott, Disney, and SoulCycle weigh in on how they craft happy experiences.<p>Design, at its heart, is about solving problems. That’s why it’s so easy to talk to designers. They can explain exactly how their interface is built to help you navigate through your phone, or how a device …

50 documentaries you need to see

<b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The Look of Silence (2014), explore the aftermath of massacres in Indonesia. Both were nominated for Oscars.</b><p>Salaam Cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995<p>For this film, Mohsen Makhmalbaf announces a casting …

Stephen Hawking

How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code

A man in Oakland, California, disrupted web development around the world last week by deleting 11 lines of code.<p>The story of how 28-year-old Azer Koçulu briefly broke the internet shows how writing software for the web has become dependent on a patchwork of code that itself relies on the …

JavaScript

We asked a sleep scientist if the iPhone's new Night Shift feature will actually help you sleep, and his answer surprised us

You've probably heard that the crisp blue light emitted by everything from TVs to tablets to smartphones is wreaking havoc on our health.<p>As far as the range of visible light goes, blue light — which is also given off by the sun — is near the brightest. (If our phones and tablets weren't also graced …

Eating Right Can Save the World

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” That’s what the French lawyer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who happened to have a deep love of gastronomy, wrote in 1825. A century later, a diet-hawking American nutritionist named Victor Lindlahr rendered it as: “You are what you eat.” I …

These 5 Facts Explain Why Europe Is Ground Zero for Terrorism

Ketevan Kardava—Georgian Public Broadcaster/AP<p>Ketevan Kardava—Georgian Public Broadcaster/Reuters<p>Jef Versele—Handout/Reuters<p>Belgian Federal …

The Enduring Charm of Phife Dawg, Hip-Hop’s Scrappiest Virtuoso

With the death of Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor, rap lost a distinctive voice from one of its most revered eras.<p>There are a lot of rules you’re supposed to follow as a hip-hop fan, especially where the 90s are concerned. If you want to argue about the best M.C. of that decade, you’re supposed to pick …

Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco

On 4 March, on what would have been his 30th birthday, Alejandro Nieto’s parents left a packed courtroom in San Francisco, shortly before pictures from their son’s autopsy were shown to a jury. The photographs showed what happens when 14 bullets rip through a person’s head and body. Refugio and …

California