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5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

America’s Dystopian New Normal

America was supposed to be different. Now economic inequality seems insurmountable. By Lloyd Green.<p>Five years into the Obama presidency, we are …

Gitmo Prisoner Force-Feeding Violates Medical Ethics

The recent news, coinciding with Ramadan, that Guantánamo prisoners are being force-fed poses ethical issues for the medical community, write Nuriel …

Recognition of 'Jewish State' is Necessary for Peace Talks

Netanyahu's demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as the 'Jewish State' is integral to a lasting peace, writes Micah Stein.<p>With U.S. …

Detroit’s Bankruptcy Raises Questions That Go Far Beyond the City Limits

The largest and most complex municipal bankruptcy in American history could affect everything from municipal bonds to pension funds, writes Stephen …

What is epigenetics?

AS PLENTY of frustrated middle-aged readers will know, exercise does not always lead to a drop in waist size. But a new paper from a group of …

Coffee Around the World

Kenneth Davids is a coffee expert, an author, and a co-founder of Coffee Review, a site that serves as a coffee buyer’s guide. Davids conducts blind, expert cuppings of coffees and reports the finding in 100-point reviews, much like those that exist in the wine industry.<p><b>Some of the advice Davids</b> …

Christopher Darden Believes There May Be Justice Yet for Trayvon

O.J. Simpson’s prosecutor says he never would have brought the Trayvon case to court. Still, he argues, just putting George Zimmerman on trial was a …

Why Do Black and White Americans See the Zimmerman Verdict So Differently?

For many black Americans, the Zimmerman verdict was an unconscionable nightmare. But for some white Americans, justice was served.<p>For many black …

There Are Dangers in Drinking Diet Soda

A new study says the artificial sweeteners in soda can cause serious health problems, including weigh gain. Is that enough to make you give up Diet …

Is It “Alive”? Carl Zimmer on Life’s Blurred Lines

Last week in the <i>New York Times</i>, renowned science writer and NG Phenomena blogger Carl Zimmer discussed bacteria that live only inside other bacteria that live only inside a certain bug. The smaller bacteria has whittled down its genome to only perform a few specific functions–the rest of life’s …

Forensic Fly Moves North

Insects can aid death investigations, but non-native species complicate matters.<p><b>Who, aside from global warming activists, cares about a tiny blowfly making its way north with the changing climate? Forensic scientists do. Such insects, when discovered on corpses, can offer vital clues about when a</b> …

Food Fraud: Labels on What We Eat Often Mislead

Despite trend in local, "authentic" foods, many aren't what they seem.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>The farm-to-table trend is cooking. Urban gardening is on the rise. And high-end chefs are riding the locavore wave, promising superior, sustainable ingredients</b> …

Doctors Should Start Advocating Dietary Options to Treat Heart Disease

It’s time to start advocating diet changes for heart patients—not just medication, says Dr. Daniela Drake.<p>“I dropped dead three years ago,” John …

Don’t Forget the Muslim Brotherhood

In order for Egypt to move forward, the military needs to include the Brotherhood. By Khaled Elgindy.<p>The killing of some 50 Muslim Brotherhood …

‘Terms and Conditions May Apply’: The Death of Privacy

A new film, ‘Terms and Conditions May Apply,’ makes NSA spying look like child’s play. Lloyd Grove talks to the director, Cullen Hoback.<p>What a moment …

The Sharknado Hype Is Wrong, Sharks Are Awesome

Forget the ‘Sharknado’ hype. Sharks are not killing machines—they’re awesome.<p>Half of America called in sick on Thursday so they could race down to …

June Surplus Is Further Proof of America’s Golden Age

The U.S. government notched a surplus of $117 billion in June, proving that the golden age of deficit reduction continues.<p>If there was any question …

The Case For Cutting Off Aid to Egypt

The case to violate U.S. law and keep funding Egypt's government doesn't make any sense. Ali Gharib on how cutting aid could help.<p>In a Bloomberg …

All About HD 189733b, That Other Blue Planet

A new planet is thought to share Earth’s blue coloring. Nina Strochlic investigates.<p>There’s only room for one blue-and-white swirled planet in this …

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What the Night Sky Would Look Like If the Other Planets Were as Close as the Moon

It's not always easy to imagine just how big the other planets are. Here, a space artist's thought experiment turns into a lesson in Earth's relative size.<p>Space artist Ron Miller has created a series of images that illustrate the sizes of the other planets in our solar system in a way that makes …

The Rebel Diet

Born to eat wild? Have an on-again, off-again relationship with healthy eating? You'll love the latest weight-loss news.<p>As a health writer, I've always been smug in my nutrition knowledge—and not shy about sharing it. "You need breakfast," I'd scold my friends. "Consistency is key!" Admittedly, I …

Photos of the Food and Drink Requested by Famous Musicians Backstage

When musicians sign contracts to perform in major concerts, their documents often contain <i>riders</i> (more commonly known as addendums). These are a …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …