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The Worst Industrial Disaster in the History of the World

<i>“A caption: some kind of meteorite or alien visitation has led to the creation of a miracle: the Zone. Troops were sent in and never returned. It was</i> …

The day I left my son in the car

I made a split-second decision to run into the store. I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life<p>The day it happened was no different from most; I was worried, and I was running late. I was worried because in a few hours’ time I was going to be enduring a two-and-a-half hour flight …

The Food Lab: How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>Eggs<p>Buying tips, techniques, and recipes, no matter how you like them.<p>Back when I was a lowly line cook at a fancy-pants restaurant in Boston, as the new guy,* it was my job to wake my butt up at the crack of dawn to come in early and prep breakfast whenever …

Kidnapped by Iran: 780 days of isolation, two dozen interrogations, one marriage proposal.

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Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

The richest man in the world explains how to save the planet<p>At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now …

Are drones the next target for hackers?

Military and civilian drones have a crucial weakness that means they can be hacked, Katia Moskvitch discovers, so what might a stolen drone be used for?<p>If you were watching Iranian state TV in early December 2011, you would have seen an unusual flying object paraded in front of viewers. Windowless, …

Drones

George Clooney's Rules for Living

No one does the fame thing like Clooney. He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence. He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens. He's the master.<p><b>You must love him.</b><p>For one thing, he's lovable, professionally so. For another, he …

Brad Pitt

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

Explaining the Nobel Prizes in Science

Finding cell zip codes and a missing physicist are two of the mysteries solved.<p><b>Where in the world is physicist Peter Higgs? One of the winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics made the scene at an Edinburgh University news conference on Friday, after he headed for the hills to hike and ducked</b> …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

How an insecure, acid-dropping hippie kid reinvented himself as a technological visionary - and changed the world<p>When I first met Steve Jobs, I …

Sexting, Shame and Suicide

A shocking tale of sexual assault in the Digital Age<p>On the last day of her life, Audrie Pott walked through a crucible of teenage torment. A …

Inside the dangerous world of Kim Jong-un's crooners

Once a leading singer and lover of Kim Jong-un, the downfall of Hyon Song-wol has shed light on the perils of life in the Supreme Leader's entertainment corps.<p>As the in-house bands to the world’s most brutal Communist regime, the Unhasu Orchestra, Wanghaesan Light Music Band, and Moranbong Ladies …

School Poisoning Provides Window into India's Pesticide Problem | Public Radio International

The recent deaths of 23 Indian schoolchildren from pesticide-poisoned lunches was just the latest chapter in the country's long and troubled relationship with chemical pesticides.<p>Host Carol Hills speaks about the problem—and some of the emerging grassroots solutions—with journalist Meera …

America’s Secret Government Program to Hire Nazi War Criminals

Mad that our government lied about the NSA spying program? That’s nothing. In 1945, it lied about recruiting Nazis as spies—and the truth lay hidden …

The Disposable Man: A Western History of Sherpas on Everest

ON THE MORNING of October 24, 2010, veteran climbing Sherpa Chhewang Nima labored up from high camp on 23,389-foot Baruntse, a gabled summit near Everest in eastern Nepal. There were high clouds and strong gusts blowing fresh snow. At just over 7,000 meters and not particularly difficult, Baruntse …

Mountaineering

9 Ways to Create Characters Readers Will Identify With

I have a bad habit of creating characters that are, um, unlikeable. Or, in the parlance of the publishing industry–unrelatable.<p>(As a brief aside, I …

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to …

Beyond Chhattisgarh: Are the Maoists rebels without a cause? - Firstpost

Ever since last week’s massacre in Chhattisgarh, elements of the intelligentsia have launched ferocious search for The Root Cause of violent …

How to escape education's death valley | Sir Ken Robinson

Is Marx still relevant?

Is Karl Marx still relevant? He lived in the 19th century, an era very different from our own, if also one in which many of the features of today's …