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Weeks of preparation made this "impossible" shot National Geographic's best travel photo of 2017

National Geographic announced the winner of its popular Travel Photographer of the Year contest this week, awarding Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco the top honor. His stunning photo of a lightning bolt crackling over an erupting volcano earned him the first prize. Thanks to Velasco’s …

Travel Photography

Foreign artist reimagines US currency

In terms of design, paper currency in the United States hasn’t changed much in the past hundred years. There have been updates and additional flourishes — not to mention security measures — but overall, it’s essentially the same set of bills circulated since 1913.<p>1913 was a big year for currency. …

Federal Reserve

Photos of Abandoned Russia

Across the vastness of Russia—the world’s largest country, at some 6.6 million square miles—and over the span of its long history, countless houses, factories, churches, villages, military bases, and other structures have been built and then left behind: imperial-era palaces, log cabins of pioneers …

Russia

From Maus to Tamara Drewe: the 10 graphic novels everyone should read

The recent hoo-ha about the Man Booker prize’s longlisting of a graphic novel for the first time, the chilling, understated Sabrina by Nick Drnaso, may have piqued your interest in exploring this ever-expanding medium further, or perhaps for the first time. Not everyone has grown up reading comics …

Graphic Novels

Dahomey mothers: The all-female army that protected modern-day Benin

The Dahomey mothers or Amazons were a group of elite all-female soldiers, who were trained to kill and protect the Kingdom of Dahomey, in modern-day Benin.<p>They started by protecting the king, but would go on to fight against the French.<p>They are the fourth story in a new eight-part series, African …

Africa

Here's How America Uses Its Land

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Exports

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Linguistics

NYMag asks: What if the Trump-Russia collusion scandal is 'much worse than we suspect'?

In its July 9-22 issue, on newsstands today, New York Magazine explores a "plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion." Jonathan Chait's piece, …

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and the Preventable Tragedies of Suicide

The pattern of highly accomplished and successful people committing suicide is transfixing. It assures the rest of us that a life of accolades is not all that it’s cracked up to be and that achieving more will not make us happier. At the same time, it reveals the fact that no one is safe from …

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

How to Connect With Just About Anyone

You've heard about 'six degrees of separation.' What about six degrees of connection? Here they are.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We’ve all heard it before: Networking is important. It can lead to new opportunities, push your career to the next level or even just help …

Social Media

End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first'

By 1916 'America first' had become so popular that both presidential candidates used it as a campaign slogan<p>If the Klan were allowed to take over the US, one newspaper cautioned, 'we shall have a dictatorship'<p>“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his …

Political Science

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

Yanis Varoufakis: Marx predicted our present crisis – and points the way out

The Communist Manifesto foresaw the predatory and polarised global capitalism of the 21st century. But Marx and Engels also showed us that we have the power to create a better world. By Yanis Varoufakis<p>For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with …

Yanis Varoufakis

Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to)

No, it's not just "throw the toys out," like my dad once pretended to do<p>When I was little, my dad once got annoyed at my brother for not cleaning his room. So he took all the toys, announced he was donating them to the Salvation Army--and drove around with them in the trunk of his car for a few …

12 ideas that explain what’s so wrong with American schooling today

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>The focus of most schooling is meeting the projects job market demands rather than fulfilling students as people<p>Marion Brady<p>April 6, 2018 7:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan was quoted by the Atlantic as saying the …

The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Civil Rights

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

The simple trick that has helped me land jobs without having to apply

Every few years, I pull out my "hire me" email and bcc it to my contacts, which includes old coworkers and bosses — but also former neighbors, landlords, people I trained with for a marathon, and so on. It looks like this:<p><i>Hi all,</i><p><i>After a really fun two years of traveling and freelancing — currently</i> …

Employment

Yes, we’ve lost our faith in God, but we’ve lost our faith in reason too | Kenan Malik

Our failure to create social movements that fill the space vacated by the church has left people feeling helpless<p>Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. So runs the inscription above the gates of hell in Dante’s Inferno. Through those gates walks Dante with his guide Virgil:<p>Now sighs, loud wailing, …

Faith

Republicans rigged our democracy. Here's how Democrats can fight back | David Faris

Republicans have been using the constitution’s flaws to wage a one-sided war against their political opponents. It’s time for Democrats to respond<p>Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since …

Government

Learn How to Fold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane

Growing up with six brothers, John Collins got really good at folding paper planes.<p>"Anything you can beat your siblings at is good," he says.<p>But he …

Siblings

What is Low-Key Monochrome Photography?

With all the amazing new cameras and lenses creating outstanding color, most of us are flooded with saturated images all over social media. But, a …

Monochrome Photography

How to Write a Killer 'About Me' Page

Your “About Me” page is one of the single most powerful ways to define your brand, stand out from your competition, and make potential clients feel …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

If You Want An Energized, Pain-Free Body, Then It's Time To Rethink Your Every Step

Most days of the week, before the rest of my family is out of bed, I meet a friend for a morning walk. We bring our coffee and chat while our bodies slowly wake up. I don't wear sneakers—just simple, minimal shoes that allow me to feel the ground beneath my feet. My toes and arches respond to the …

I was getting buried in clutter. Here’s how I finally got free.

With closets overstuffed with clothes that didn't fit, pots that threatened an avalanche every time I wanted to boil an egg and bookshelves packed two volumes deep, my apartment felt burdened. Growing piles of rubber tubs made it onerous to clean the floors — especially because my vacuum resided …

The Mystery of S., the Man with an Impossible Memory

On an April afternoon in 1929, a timid-looking man with a broad face appeared at Moscow’s Academy of Communist Education and asked to see a memory specialist. The man, who would become known in the psychological literature as S., had been sent by his boss, a section editor at a Moscow newspaper …

Is America past the point of no return?

<b>(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)</b><p>Oligarchs representing monopolistic Big Pharma, Big Banks, and Big Retail/Fast Food are devastating us<p>Thom Hartmann<p>July 6, 2017 12:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet<p>Have corporate/billionaire control of our republic reached such a point that it’s no longer …

Middle-class

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor. By Naomi Klein<p>There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when …

Grenfell Tower