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Swiss hotelier who posted signs singling out Jews tells her side of the story

"I realized that despite the damning evidence and anger against her, she was probably a tolerant person who, for lack of tact, was being pilloried …

When altcoin life imitates art

A couple of weeks ago bitcoin, the decentralised cryptocurrency, experienced a splintering event in a bid to address its network capacity …

Some curious securities lending activity from Microsoft

Microsoft has bought lots of Treasuries with two to five years’ maturity — possibly directly at auctions.<p>Now, the company reports it is accepting …

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.<p>The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes – with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at almost …

Global Warming

The Billionaire Gadfly in Exile Who Stared Down Beijing

The biggest political story in China this year isn’t in Beijing. It isn’t even in China. It’s centered at a $68 million apartment overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.<p>That’s where Guo Wengui, a billionaire in self-imposed exile, has hurled political grenades at the Chinese Communist Party for …

Mercedes-Benz is building cars that know the road better than you do

As we approach a blind corner on a twisty mountain road above Sunnyvale, there's a moment when I'm sitting in the passenger seat of a pre-production Mercedes-Benz S-Class and I'm not sure that the updated Intelligent Drive will really slow the car down in time for what's up ahead. It does and …

Mercedes-Benz

Arron Banks accuses Ukip of 'going to war on Muslim religion’

​Ukip has been accused of going to “war on Muslim religion” by one of its most prominent supporters after the party announced a series of …

United Kingdom

The Safest Seat On A Plane, According To Studies Of Crash Data

One block of seats has a better survival rate than others.<p>Air travel is the safest form of transportation in the country. In 2016, for the seventh year in a row, exactly zero people died from plane crashes on U.S.-certified scheduled airlines. Experts estimate your overall odds of perishing in a …

50 perfect plants for a family garden

According to conventional wisdom, children and ornamental gardens are mutually incompatible. If you want the former, you should accept your lot and embrace a plot comprising a desultory patch of worn lawn adorned with plastic play kit. And if you want a pristine garden full of horticultural …

Gardening

Gulliver’s Gate: A $40 Million Miniature World Now in Times Square

Given its reputation as the “crossroads of the world,” it’s only fitting that Times Square serves as the home to Gulliver’s Gate, “the world’s …

How to plan a better tomato crop this season

Tomatoes are the divas of the vegetable patch — luscious, celebrated and notoriously hard to please. If it’s too chilly, they’ll sulk. If it’s too hot, they’ll throw a tantrum, scattering their blossoms and refusing to perform.<p>Gardeners everywhere know that planting tomatoes prematurely in spring …

Gardening

Hold the Cream: How to Make Real-Deal Roman Fettuccine Alfredo

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Growing up in Brooklyn, my family would sometimes go to Marco Polo restaurant, where my sister would invariably order the fettuccine Alfredo and I invariably would not. There was almost no food that I found to be too …

Cooking

1m African migrants may be en route to Europe, says former UK envoy

As many as one million migrants are already on the way to Libya and Europe from countries across Africa, the former head of the British embassy in Benghazi has warned.<p>The warning by Joe Walker-Cousins, head of the UK’s Libya mission between 2012 and 2014 comes as European governments struggle to …

Africa

Thanks To Congress, Your Web Surfing Is Now For Sale

Under the Obama administration, telecommunications companies were not allowed to collect and sell browser history or other data from smart phones. In a party-line vote, Congress proposed legislation to the Donald Trump administration which reverses those regulations, freeing Internet service …

Obama Administration

Elon Musk Forming Company Dedicated To Merging Humans With Machines

Remember when Elon Musk said humankind would have to somehow merge with machines if we want to stay relevant in the face of the inevitable war …

America's plan for stopping cyberattacks is dangerously weak

In 1899, diplomatic representatives from the world’s leading nations, many in elegant suits adorned with gold pocket watches and sporting exquisite waxed mustaches, gathered in the Hague, Netherlands, for a grand conference. The diplomats set out to achieve nothing less than taming the destructive …

Do 80 percent of Americans oppose sanctuary cities?

<i>“According to one recent poll, 80 percent of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for a crime should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities.”</i> <b><br>— Attorney General Jeff Sessions, news briefing, March 27, 2017</b><p><i>“I think the last poll I saw on this issue, on</i> …

Immigration

Democrats burned by polling blind spot

The party didn't just lose among rural white voters, it may have missed them altogether.<p>As they investigate the forces behind the party’s stunning losses in November, Democrats are coming to a troubling conclusion. The party didn’t just lose among rural white voters on Election Day, it may have …

Over 100 fence sculptures are being installed around NYC this fall

For the final exhibition of its 40th Anniversary year, the Public Art Fund is swinging for the fences.<p>The organization has announced a city-spanning …

U.N. ambassador Haley opposes international ban on nukes

The United States will be among dozens of nations boycotting a United Nations General Assembly hearing on a nuclear weapons ban treaty, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Monday.<p>“You are gonna see almost 40 countries that are not in the General Assembly today, and that’s 40 countries that are saying …

Elon Musk's new company wants to merge humans and machines via brain implants

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious.<p>The founder and chief executive of Tesla is simultaneously running both the automaker and Space Exploration Technologies Corp — commonly known as SpaceX. He’s also the visionary hell-bent on placing his stamp on everything from renewable energy to high-speed …

Trump Doesn’t Have A Mandate For Paul Ryan’s Agenda

There were so many reasons for the failure of the Republicans’ health care bill — and its failure was so spectacular — that it’s hard to tell which …

The protective powers of chocolate

In Sierra Leone, where communities are recovering from years of hard times, chocolate could just be an essential ingredient in the recipe for a …

The Amazing Way GE Is Combining Big Data And Electrons To Create 'The Internet of Energy'

The global energy industry is facing disruption as it transitions from fossils to renewables (and occasionally back again). Its challenges include balancing growing demand in developing nations with the need for sustainability, and predicting the effect of extreme weather conditions on supply and …

Internet of Things

Trump voters would be among the biggest losers in Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan

Americans who swept<p>President Trumpto victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace theAffordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of county voting and tax …

Don't Ignore the Dangers of a Weak President

At the root of Iraq policy and Iran-Contra was a lack of strong leadership in the White House.<p>As the first month has passed of Donald Trump's presidency with little sign of success, and some question about whether he's even up to trying to turn his campaign platform into a real legislative agenda, …

Donald Trump

Five great female-centric films that are opening this spring

We won't lie: The prospect of a new <i>Trainspotting</i> has us all kinds of excited, as does the forthcoming Wolverine drama <i>Logan</i>, April's lovably …

Scientists Just Announced Our Best Shot at Ending Antibiotic Resistance to Date

A molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance.<p>Scientists have developed a molecule that reverses antibiotic resistance in multiple strains of …

For $149 a Month, the Doctor Will See You as Often as You Want - MIT Technology Review

Imagine if your doctor’s office was more like an Apple Store mashed up with a fancy gym: a modern white-and-wood aesthetic, replete with fancy …

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