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She Doesn’t Regret Torturing Women for ISIS

A teenage girl from rural Syria dreamed of becoming a doctor, but the war and the so-called Islamic State made her something very different, and very …

Why This Small Town of 882 People Attracts 22,000 Visitors a Day

It's hard to miss Wall Drug Store. Part of the reason the South Dakota pit stop off Route 16A is so legendary is because of its clever marketing: …

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Five Techniques for Maintaining a Positive Mindset

Disappointments are a part of life. Here are five tips for staying positive when things don't go your way.<p>My great-grandparents, Cleve and Zelma Carder, lost almost everything they owned during the Dust Bowl years. After losing their homestead and ranch, they packed what they could into a Conestoga …

Happiness

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Robotics

How to Make Sure Your Sushi Is Safe Enough to Eat

There’s been a recent spate of cases of anisakidosis, a parasitic disease in which the anisakid nematode—found on salmon, herring, cod, mackerel, squids, halibut, and red snapper—weasels its way into the human body and affixes itself to the lining of your esophagus, intestine, or stomach. …

For Many Goalies, Masks Are an Artful Identity

There is something wrong with firing a 100-mile-per-hour slap shot at a piece of artwork strapped to another human being’s head.<p>Unless, of course, you play in the National Hockey League.<p>Goaltenders are a breed unto themselves, and so are the artists who paint the painstakingly detailed masks the …

Watch or Skip? Your Guide to the ‘Alien’ Film Franchise

We’re a week out from the release of “Alien: Covenant”, the latest, but most certainly not final, chapter in the “Alien” film franchise. This is the …

James Cameron

Trump Hopes Russia-Approved Lawyers Can Put This Whole Russia Thing to Rest

According to his lawyers, Trump received no income from Russia—except for the “few exceptions” in which he did.<p>As you may have heard, an investigation of possible links between <b>Donald Trump's</b> campaign and Russia is currently underway, and the president <i>is not handling it very well.</i> After dismissing …

The 11 Powerful Habits of Truly Happy People

Happiness isn’t an accident—it’s a habit.<p>When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure—a decadent meal, a …

Happiness

The Most Botched NFL Draft Pick Ever | Longform - SI.com

The Most Botched<p>NFL Draft<p>Pick Ever<p>One ill-fated 1982 phone call jump-started the NFL's longest run of ineptitude. The bizarre and calamitous story of …

The Nazi Who Infiltrated National Geographic

Douglas Chandler, a WWII-era contributor to the magazine, harbored a treasonous secret.<p>At around 10 o’clock on an April night in 1941, a strange radio program began broadcasting from Germany. American listeners tuning in to a shortwave station heard the melody of “Yankee Doodle” and the clopping of …

How to Read a Whole Damn Book Every Week

It may sound difficult, but the secret to reading a book every week is to not be precious about it.<p>Every year, I read over a hundred books. This means I polish off somewhere between two and three books a week. I'm not saying that to brag (okay, I am), but I really believe that anyone can make time …

Books

'The Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

<i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> by Margaret Atwood is one of a handful of dystopian novels that have seen a boost in sales since the 2016 election. The book tells the story of what happens when a theocratic dictatorship takes over the government and gets rid of women's rights.<p>In 2016, Atwood told us that the …

Magic AI: these are the optical illusions that trick, fool, and flummox computers

There’s a scene in William Gibson’s 2010 novel <i>Zero History</i>, in which a character embarking on a high-stakes raid dons what the narrator refers to as the “ugliest T-shirt” in existence — a garment which renders him invisible to CCTV. In Neal Stephenson’s <i>Snow Crash</i>, a bitmap image is used to transmit …

Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years | Michael Finkel

At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story<p>Christopher Knight was only 20 years old when he walked away from society, not to …

Florida

The (Sometimes Unintentional) Subtext of Digital Conversations

Different people have different ideas about what it means to sign an email “XOXO,” what you should use Facebook for, and how long you can wait before texting back.<p>The meanings we glean in conversation are often, maybe mostly, not found in the words spoken, but in how they’re said, and in the spaces …

Relationships

The case for being grumpy at work

On my birthday this year, my coworkers planned an elaborate surprise. When I came into work, several dozen colleagues had dressed up as me, donning my trademark accessories: a flannel shirt, a baseball cap—and a scowl.<p>There are two takeaways from this anecdote. The first is that I have truly …

Psychology

Study Says Couples Who Get Drunk Together Stay Together Longer

Inside Netflix: we reveal how brain scans and bots help shows go from lens to your living room

Netflix first launched in the UK in 2012 and, along with catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and streaming rivals like Amazon Prime, has completely …

Janesville: An American Story

JANESVILLE, Wis. — At 7:07 a.m., the last Tahoe reached the end of the assembly line. Outside it was still dark, 15 degrees with 33 inches of snow — nearly a December record — piled up and drifting as a stinging wind swept across the acres of parking lots.¶ Inside the Janesville Assembly Plant, the …

A ‘Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion’ in North Korea

WASHINGTON — All the elements of the North Korean nuclear crisis — the relentless drive by Kim Jong-un to assemble an arsenal, the propaganda and deception swirling around his progress, the hints of a covert war by the United States to undermine the effort, rather than be forced into open …

Has Britain left the EU? (Almost) Every single Brexit question answered

What is the European Union?<p>The European Union (EU) is an economic and political union of 28 countries. Each of the countries within the Union are independent but they agree to trade under the agreements made between the nations.<p>The EU operates a single market which allows free movement of goods, …

Maybe You, Too, Could Become A Super Memorizer

There is such a thing as a memory athlete. These are people who can memorize a truly insane amount of information really quickly, like the order of playing cards in a deck in under 20 seconds, or 200 new names and faces in a matter of minutes.<p>Neuroscientists writing Wednesday in the journal <i>Neuron</i> …

The Brain

Who Owns Your Face?

Advertising companies, tech giants, data collectors, and the federal government, it turns out.<p>It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.<p>This is why computer scientists so often use the faces of Hollywood celebrities in their research. Tom Hanks, for …

Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle

Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president.<p>Donald Trump had heard enough about policy and process. It was Thursday afternoon and members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act—the language that …

I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here's what I learned

Twitter reflects the good, the bad and just plain ugly reality of social media these days. For academics, journalists and voters, there’s never been …

The Hottest 100 Restaurants in America, According to OpenTable

Looking to make a reservation somewhere new this weekend? You’re in luck.<p>OpenTable—the app that allows you to make online reservations, read and …

'Sometimes I laugh at this farce': six writers on life behind bars in Turkey

Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other<p><b>Age</b> 46<p>You feel deaf although you can hear everything, blind although you can see everything<p><b>Age</b> 70<p>I was arrested that ​same ​day. The moment you say you’re in solidarity, …

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Toll of London Attack Is Global for an Assailant Born in Britain

LONDON — The roster of the dead and wounded spanned the globe: a veteran Scotland Yard constable, a Mormon couple from Utah, South Korean tourists, French high schoolers and Romanian lovers.<p>The killer turned out to be homegrown, a 52-year-old Briton, Khalid Masood, who had a criminal record but was …

Why the white middle class is dying faster, explained in 6 charts

The complicated collapse of middle-aged white Americans.<p>In 2015, a blockbuster study came to a surprising conclusion: Middle-aged white Americans are dying younger for the first time in decades, despite positive life expectancy trends in other wealthy countries and other segments of the US …

Demographics