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Politics as a Chronic Stressor

"Daily political events consistently evoked negative emotions [which] predicted worse day-to-day psychological and physical health, but also greater motivation to take action aimed at changing the...

Acorn Woodpeckers Have Multi-Day Wars, and Birds Come From All Around to Watch

A window into complex avian sociopolitical lives.

German Hospital Cyberattack Trail Leads to Russia

German media are reporting that IT experts investigating a cyberattack that paralyzed computer systems at a major hospital in western Germany say one of the trails they are following leads to Russia

One Man’s Trash

In an era of aspirational minimalism, two new books reveal the meaning latent in the junk we collect.

PAWG: The Instagram Accounts Devoted to Phat-Ass White Girls

Why are women paying these dudes to post photos of their butts?

The Fiasco of the 1976 ‘Swine Flu Affair’

With a pandemic looming, the US president announced a warp-speed effort to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the country. The mistakes that followed hold lessons for today.

Politics Is Visceral

In an age thick with anger and fear, we might dream of a purely rational politics but it would be a denial of our humanity

Momma Hedgehog Leading Babies Up the Stairs

Meet the Secretive Billionaire Who Makes McDonald’s McNuggets, Burger King’s Impossible Whoppers and More

New Forbes 400 member Sheldon Lavin owns OSI Group, the behind-the-scenes food supplier that makes McDonald’s hamburgers, Chipotle’s carnitas, Oscar Meyer’s hot dogs and even Burger King’s...

Older People Have Become Younger: Physical and Cognitive Function Have Improved Meaningfully in 30 Years

The functional ability of older people is nowadays better when it is compared to that of people at the same age three decades ago. This was observed in a study conducted at the Faculty of Sport...

Cheatsheet to Make People Buy More

Covid and the Science Behind a Spiritual Reckoning

Even those who don’t pray to a higher power still usually have some belief in how the world works that gives them a sense of safety and security.

Brand Illusions: How HappyOrNot Changed Customer Feedback

How HappyOrNot changed customer feedback

Ivo Zdarsky Is Waiting Out the End Times in His Own Utah Ghost Town

The Iron Curtain escapee, DIY aviator, and thriving entrepreneur is ready for anything.

Guy Quits Social Media for a Few Weeks, Tracks Mood

Would You Pay to Follow an Influencer?

Spooked by plummeting advertising revenue, content creators are hoping that loyal fans will pay up to watch their videos.

Beijing Unlikely to Approve Oracle, Walmart's TikTok Deal

Beijing is unlikely to approve an "unfair" deal Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc said they have struck with ByteDance over the future of video-streaming app TikTok, state-backed newspaper Global Times...

Nightclubs in Wuhan Packed as Coronavirus Epicentre Reports No New Cases

The city, where the global pandemic is believed to have started, is returning to normal as authorities claim there has not been a case of community transmission since May

Bot or Not

CAPTCHAs have evolved to reflect the untenable distinction between real and fake users

The Elusive Peril of Space Junk

Millions of human artifacts circle the Earth. Can we clean them up before they cause a disaster?

Gig Economy Company Launches Uber, but for Evicting People

A company called Civvl says evicting people is the "FASTEST GROWING MONEY MAKING GIG DUE TO COVID-19."

Cockroach Farms in China

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares: a giant, dark, steamy hangar filled with a billion cockroaches feeding off food scraps. But these roaches are not just household pests, they could be the...

A Beginner’s Guide to End Times

Today, the utopian is whoever believes that everything can just keep going as before

China Economy Recovering From Covid-19, Says Ex-Goldman Economist Jim O'Neill

Jim O'Neill, former chief economist at Goldman Sachs, pointed to the latest Chinese consumer spending data as a sign of China's accelerating recovery

When I Couldn't Move My Legs, I Knew My Life Would Change Forever

Still to this day, every time I pee, I pee with a smile. It brings so much joy in me

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.

The Age of Electric Cars Is Dawning Ahead of Schedule

Battery prices are dropping faster than expected. Analysts are moving up projections of when an electric vehicle won’t need government incentives to be cheaper than a gasoline model.

Agents of Chaos: A Shocking Look at What Really Happened in the 2016 Election

A two-part series from Alex Gibney attempts to definitively explain Russian interference, from troll factories to hacking to a mutual ‘seduction’ of greed

The Pastry Chef Adding to Japan’s 400+ Flavors of Kit Kat

Kit Kat is big in Japan. From cheesecake to wasabi to purple sweet potato, the crispy wafer bar is available in more than 400 varieties, according to Yuji Ta...

The Walther PPK, the Classic Spy Gun That Changed the Game

In 1930, a new pistol went on sale that would revolutionize the firearms world. Best known to the public these days as the "James Bond gun", the Walther PPK was arguably the first successful...

UN Marks 75th Anniversary Amid Coronavirus Pandemic: Live Updates

US announces sanctions on Iran, Venezuela's Maduro under 'UN' authority as UNGA gets under way.

Facebook Says It Will Stop Operating in Europe if Regulators Don’t Back Down

European regulators are cracking down on Facebook's ability to transfer data across the Atlantic. Now the tech giant is threatening to pull its services from more than 400 million European users.

The 'Wickedest' City on Earth?

Now a relatively quiet fishing village, Port Royal was once so notorious that it was considered by many to be ‘the wickedest city on Earth’ – until it sank into the sea.

The Uncertain Future of Corporate HQs

Do companies and cities still need each other?

Just a Piggy in a Pool

The Happy History of the Word Cheers

Shifting Smoke: How Wildfires Are Sending Smoke Between Continents

How wildfires ravaging the U.S. west coast are sending smoke between continents and up to record heights in the atmosphere.

Scientists Discover Brain Cells That Remember Where Escape Routes Are

These neurons track safe places so mice can escape threats in a split-second

The Military Considered Using Heat Rays on Protesters

We break down what they are—and why they’re not (quite) as scary as they seem.