Yann Frizenschaf

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The shocking murder of Spain’s most flamboyant politician

The brazen killing of Isabel Carrasco scandalised the nation. But when police began to investigate, they uncovered an even darker story of power, corruption and betrayal. By Giles Tremlett<p>• Help fund our journalism by becoming a Guardian Supporter.<p>On 12 May 2014, just after 5.15pm, two …

Crime

The spy who couldn’t spell: how the biggest heist in the history of US espionage was foiled

Ever since childhood, Brian Regan had been made to feel stupid because of his severe dyslexia. So he thought no one would suspect him of stealing secrets<p>The classrooms and hallways of Farmingdale High in Long Island were deserted on the morning of Saturday 19 August 2001, when a van pulled into the …

Surveillance

The Break-Off Effect

The Virgin Galactic crash made the mechanical risks of space tourism clearer, but the psychological effects of space travel largely remain unknown.<p>At first they thought it was asthma.<p>The fighter squadron’s 37-year-old commander suddenly started refusing to fly at high altitudes because of …

Space Travel

Hockey’s Puppy Mill

On Easter weekend 2012, fifteen-year-old Sam Berg was spending his Saturday the same way other junior hopefuls across the province were: hunched in …

The First Must-Play Game of the Year Is Short, Odd, and Amazing

Computer programs die. Data may seem ageless, yet it degrades; the physical medium on which it’s stored simply loses its ability to contain …

‘See What Y’All Can Work Out’: The State of Empathy in Charleston

<i>Shani Gilchrist and Alison Kinney | Longreads | January 2017 | 31 minutes (7,836 words)</i><p><i>The sentencing phase of Emanuel AME Church shooter Dylann</i> …

Off-Time: Becoming a Widow at Age 36

A palliative-care doctor once told me that we die cell by cell until enough cells succumb that we cross over a line. But if you are watching the …

Political Analysis

We asked a few writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here, the best in political …

Six Stories for the Fantasy Newbie

<i>Hilary Armstrong is a literature student at U.C. Santa Barbara and a Longreads intern. She recently shared six stories for the science-fiction</i> …

Half-Life's writer reflects on his masterpiece: 'It was like writing a novel'

The lead writer reflects on drafting one of gaming’s best stories, way back when<p><i>Author’s note: Another file from the same disk with the Nihilanth sketches, with this one, if it is to believed, written the day after we shipped Half-Life. I do believe it, because the file’s creation date is indeed</i> …

How Did a Beardy Scottish Folk Duo Write the Best Song About Going Out Ever? | Thump

<i>"Went out for the weekend, it lasted for ever/High with our friends it's officially summer."</i><p>One of the great joys of going out—and by going out I'm referring to leaving the house with hedonism in mind—is that more often than not, you find yourself coming back in without a story to tell. That might …

2016 Watch Guide: The Best New Chronographs, Skeletons, Tourbillons and More

A WHOLE NEW SPIN<br>Created more than 200 years ago by Abraham-Louis Breguet to compensate for the effects of gravity on a pocket watch, tourbillons remain as hypnotizing as ever. While the caged balance and escapement will not increase accuracy, the tourbillon now comes in a whirlwind of …

Watches

15 of the best video games you may have missed in 2016

Indie Gaming

This Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Might Be the Most Ridiculous Video Game Ever

Sorry, I don’t care if you caught a Squirkachu on Pokemon GTFO, because the only video game that will matter after today is Totally Accurate Battle …

See Kanye And Desiigner Get Hype To The Life Of Pablo

Aziz Ansari once told an amazing story about going to Kanye West’s house, where ’Ye listened to his own album, <i>808s & Heartbreak</i>, and supposedly …

Why Leaders Need To Be Quick To Listen, And Slow To Anger

Leadership, whether in business or anything else, is an inherently emotional journey. When you’re in charge of a team, it is nearly impossible to avoid becoming emotionally invested not only in outcomes, but people and processes as well.<p>This level of personal investment can easily lead to …

Anger Management

No Biggie, Neil deGrasse Tyson Proposed a New Kind of Government

After the tumultuous election year America had, the debate over what kind of leaders we want to represent us did not end. Helpful to the discussion …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

WATCH: This Simple Triangle Will Change The Way You Think About Maths Forever

Because logarithmic notation is bad.<p>Okay, let's get something straight right off the bat - logarithmic notation in maths is bad and doesn't make a …

Our Favorite Burger Recipes from Classic to "Crunchified"

Juicy burgers—from beef, to turkey, to veggie—that you'll want to get on your grill right now.<p><b>Fire up that grill already</b>—it's practically begging for one of these juicy burgers to make that delightful sizzling noise.

Cooking

Google AI channels Vogons, writes terrible poems

Google's neural network has been working on generating sentences in an attempt to learn to converse naturally, and the result is just wonderful.<p>Google's AI has been writing poetry.<p>Of a sort, at least. It hasn't been intending to write poetry, but the poetry has just been spilling out of its soul. …

Machine Learning

Leicester City: The science behind their Premier League title

Everyone loves a fairytale, but how many do you know that involve beetroot shots and ice chambers reaching -135C?

Soccer

5 Home Buying And Selling Mistakes To Avoid

Buying or selling a home in 2016 can be both easier and harder than it’s ever been. For first-time home buyers or sellers, there is a lot to navigate. This is especially true for millennials, who are beginning to come out of their economic shells, get married, start families and buy their first …

Real Estate

The Food Industrial Complex

<i>This article was written by Alex Mayyasi, a Priceonomics staff writer</i><p><i>Steel factory photo (sans french fries) courtesy of Till Krech</i><p>In 2011, during a …

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them …

A Luxury Experience You Just Can't Miss At London's Corinthia Hotel

It’s easy to be overwhelmed about where to stay in London. The city has over 120,000 hotels that boast of everything from views of the Thames River to afternoon tea that rivals a royal affair. So, when I found myself at Corinthia Hotel in a jaw-dropping suite, shielded from a gloomy London day, I …

Hospitality

Hyper Light Drifter review

<i>Hyper Light Drifter</i> demands things from its players that few games are even willing to request. It's an exceedingly difficult game. It tosses roadblock after roadblock at its protagonist with no easy way out. Progress isn't promised in <i>Hyper Light Drifter</i>; it can't be earned by grinding or executing …

Punk Was Rubbish and It Didn’t Change Anything: An Investigation

It might have got record companies to finally wake up to a few grotty upstarts doing it for themselves, but the nothing in the real world changed.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.</i><p>Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? A neat narrative seems to have sprung up around punk and been fed …

Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco

Alejandro Nieto was killed by police in the neighbourhood where he spent his whole life. Did he die because a few white newcomers saw him as a menacing outsider?<p>On 4 March, on what would have been his 30th birthday, Alejandro Nieto’s parents left a packed courtroom in San Francisco, shortly before …

California

A Journey to the Medical Netherworld

One day in early December, not so many years ago, my nine-year-old daughter caught sight of herself in the mirror at daycare, and noticed her face …

Mind