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‘I Have to Be Open’

The Look<p>Photographs and Text by Ricci Shryock<p>BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau — In this country’s Portuguese-derived Creole language, there is no distinction between gender pronouns. Men and women are referred to in the masculine Portuguese “he,” which is considered gender neutral. But those semantics hardly …

Frank Rich: Roy Cohn, Donald Trump, and the New York Cesspool That Created Them

Above: Cohn in 1986, a few months before he died.<p>Amid the aftershocks of Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey last May, I went to see <i>Angels in …

Google Already Knows Your Flight Is Delayed

The search giant will tell you before your own airline does–a new feature that’s just a taste of things to come.<p>Google Flights, launched in 2011, is another quiet behemoth service for Google. It has grown to twice the size of Expedia and it’s doing more revenue than Priceline Group and TripAdvisor …

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

It’s been one of the vexing questions in medicine: Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors?<p>These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of …

Medicine

Get Over Yourself, America

The rest of the world couldn’t care less about Donald Trump.<p>For the past few weeks, we’ve been deluged by various retrospectives on Donald Trump’s first year in office. Many made valuable contributions to our understanding of this, shall we say, unique figure in U.S. presidential history. Yet all …

The Secret World of Hotel Theft

The lack of reliable data makes the topic a murky one.<p>It’s jarring to return to a five-star hotel room late at night and find the door propped open. But interrupting a pair of teenagers inside, as they rifle through your suitcase, is even more disconcerting. I should know—it happened to me. My …

Giant Wall of Lava Lamps Helps to Protect 10% of Internet Traffic (Seriously)

The lava lamp usually gets a bum rap as some kind of lowbrow psychedelic entertainment system for people who are too strung out to enjoy any …

San Francisco

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Folding & Recyclable Helmet for Bike

This object, invented by Isis Shiffer, a young graduate of The Pratt Institute of Design in New York, won the International James Dyson Award 2016. …

Bicycle Helmets

We Quit Our Jobs to Travel the World. This Is Exactly How We Pay for It.

Three Instagram travel couples break down how they make and spend money on the road.<p>Chanel, 32, and Stevo, 30<p><b>Blog:</b> How Far From Home<p><b>Pre-travel jobs:</b> Both were in advertising.<p><b>Home base:</b> South Africa<p><b>When they started traveling:</b> March 2015<p><b>Where they went:</b> Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, …

New Zealand

Fareed Zakaria made a scary prediction about democracy in 1997 — and it's coming true

Democracy is rising, but not the good kind.<p>Twenty years ago, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria wrote an essay in Foreign Affairstitled “The Rise of Illiberal Democracy.” His thesis was that democracies around the world were surrendering to illiberal reforms, and that the strands holding the traditions of …

Liberalism is suffering but democracy is doing just fine | Kenan Malik

The march of the populist right, on the back of disgruntled working-class votes, means traditional progressive democracy must reinvent itself or become irrelevant<p>Welcome to 2017. It will be just like 2016. Only more so. This will be the year in which Donald Trump formally enters the White House, …

Design Junkie

"I guess from a young age I collected things that interested me—picked up bizarre things from the street, put them in boxes, or took them to my room."<p>Stuart Haygarth first made waves as a designer—–and gained a reputation as something of a pickup artist, too—–in 2005 when he unveiled a quartet of …

Design

Election officials focus on whether voter ID laws contributed to Hillary Clinton's defeat

Starting with John F. Kennedy's victory over Richard Nixon in 1960, Delia Anderson had voted in 14 straight presidential elections.<p>She had cast her ballot at the same polling place for years, never with a glitch. This year, however, a volunteer driving her to the polls mentioned that she would be …

7 Gadgets That Should Be in Your Emergency Kit

Relatively speaking, the last few years have been tame on the hurricane front. But according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration …

'Many suffer but no one talks about it': the rise of eating disorders in Japan

Enormous cultural pressure to be thin and a lack of support for mental health issues has left people struggling<p>Akira, 37, lives in the heart of Tokyo, a metropolis that lights up like a fluorescent fairground at night. She shares the city with 13.35 million other residents, but had no one to turn …

Mental Health

Melissa McCarthy & Kristen Bell Give Life Advice

It’s Cherry Blossom Season: Pictures

Flowers

Calvin and Hobbes on Twitter: "Take a moment to “think about things, without doing things” https://t.co/y2jnz4E7aA"

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IBM Watson To Buy Truven Health For $2.6 Billion, Bolsters Data Cloud

IBM said it will acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6 billion in cash, bringing to its Watson Health unit a major repository of health data from thousands of hospitals, employers and state governments.<p>It’s the fourth major acquisition in the 10-month lifespan of IBM Watson Health, the computer …

The first rally to support Apple's fight with the FBI just happened at the Apple Store in San Francisco

The rally, organized by a group called Fight for the Future, drew a little over 30 people to the Apple Store in downtown San Francisco.<p>The turnout wasn't that big, but Fight for the Future is taking things nationwide as it plans to hold rallies in New York City, Boston, and Minneapolis starting …

Apple Store

Possibilities

<b>FROM THE PRESIDENT</b><p>From its humble beginning 35 years ago, Heritage University and the Yakama Nation have been intricately woven together. When our …

College & University

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Robert McCrum launches the Observer’s definitive 100 works of nonfiction – key texts in English that have shaped our literary culture and made us who we are<p>Another book list? Yes and no. When we completed our 100 best novels in the English language last August, you did not have to be one of its …

Literature

Bernie Sanders Talks With TIME About Winning the White House

After nearly nine months on the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders’ message of political revolution is starting to break through where it counts.<p>He is …