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Despite the myth of the billionaire college dropout, most wealthy Americans have a degree


When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked to give this year’s commencement address at Harvard, he asked for advice from Bill Gates.

Netflix is dipping its toe in China—and the battle for streaming supremacy in Asia begins


This year is proving a turning point for streaming video in Asia—and it’s not only Netflix. The US-based video giant recently abandoned its hopes of streaming in the country on its own because of strict laws governing media there.

“Baby talk” is good for your baby


When we read, it’s very easy for us to tell individual words apart: In written language, spaces are used to separate words from one another.

The only thing harder than parsing Trump now is doing it for posterity


It’s impossible to talk about presidential archives without talking about Richard Nixon. During his presidency, Nixon recorded 3,700 hours of his own conversations, with the goal of using them to write his memoirs.

Love wildlife photos? There’s a good chance they weren’t shot in the wild


A wolf with lush, black fur and piercing yellow eyes is sitting on a stack of rocks in the woods, staring down a group of photographers less than 10 feet away.

Luddites have been getting a bad rap for 200 years. But, turns out, they were right


Things did not end well for the Luddites. The group of weavers and textile artisans in early 1800s were crushed by the British government after resisting the destruction of their livelihoods by industrialization.

How Ford is trying to become more like Apple


In 1913, Henry Ford’s moving assembly line slashed the production time of a Model T—and with it, the price.

An experimental device lets doctors actually feel their patients’ symptoms


Any neurologist can list off the physical symptoms a patient with Parkinson’s disease will report, such as tremors, involuntary motions, and fatigue.

“All the men in my family passed away before the age of 62 of a heart attack, and I’m 65.”


I’m in my apartment for 95% of my life. I only go out for food and medicine, and that’s only if I can’t get it delivered, or if I need it urgently.

It’s time to decide what being middle class in Africa really means


The middle classes in the Global South gained growing attention since the turn of the century, mainly through their rapid ascendancy in the Asian emerging economies.

What should really scare parents about Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” isn’t the teenage suicide


Hannah Baker has killed herself. So begins Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, a searing, melancholic 13-episode television series based off Jay Asher’s young adult novel of the same name, and produced in part by singer and actress Selena Gomez.

The psychological importance of wasting time


There will always be an endless list of chores to complete and work to do, and a culture of relentless productivity tells us to get to it right away and feel terribly guilty about any time wasted.

What are “clothes,” anyway?


Rei Kawakubo looks almost exactly the same in every photo. Impassive, sphinx-like, the designer stares out from beneath the black fringe of her razor-edged bob.

I’m a doctor with a rare neurological condition: I can literally feel your pain


What if we lived in a world where the full force of empathy was not a choice, but an automatic physiological state?

There’s no such thing as “mild depression”


In his memoir, Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, writer Andrew Solomon makes a critical point about two models of depression, the categorical and dimensional.

Chinese migrants have changed the face of South Africa. Now they’re leaving.


Johannesburg, South Africa Zhu Jianying, the owner of a home goods shop in southwest Johannesburg, plans to leave South Africa as soon as she can.

The best protest signs from around the US at the People’s Climate March


US president Donald Trump completed 100 days in office today (Apr. 29), and he was greeted by more than 200,000 people marching to the White House in Washington, DC and thousands of others marching in cities around the country.

The US government’s ethics tsar has been bombarded with requests since Trump became president


Until last November, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) was just a tiny, wonky outfit of 70-odd people; generally an afterthought in the morass of the Washington bureaucracy.

The nail-biting narrative arc of the Trump presidency, as told through front-page headlines


The New York Times published its collection of page-one headlines for the first 100 days of the Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W.

We’re “removing outdated language”: Trump’s EPA has taken down its climate change page


The man US president Donald Trump has charged with guarding the planet has never been a fan of environmental protections.


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