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Wait Goes On for the Next Big Same-Sex Marriage Case

The wait for a definitive statement from the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage goes on. The high court announced on Thursday that it will hear 10 additional cases in the fall term that begins Oct.

Buttons, Pants, and Beds: An Illustrator's Favorite Things

Maira Kalman turns curiosity into an expressive art. The illustrator’s books and visual essays examine eclectic phenomena through what she calls "innocent eyes." This past summer, for example, she followed Lewis and Clark on their famous explorations and documented the experience in an illustrated travel story for The New York Times.

'Cattoo': The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

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The Future of Surgery: Less Cutting, More Robots

The inside of the human body is dark and closed off—for the most part—from the world around it. This is usually an advantage.

To Read This Month: A Wrinkle in Time

In celebration of Banned Book Month at @1book140, join our Twitter book club to read the classic sci-fi fantasy novel and illicit classic A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

A Year After Death of Silk Road, Darknet Markets Are Booming

It's been one year since the FBI shut down Silk Road, the granddaddy of darknet marketplaces, and arrested main Silk Road admin Ross William Ulbricht (or, as he was known online, Dread Pirate Roberts).

Is Support for Gay Marriage Dropping? Don’t Count On It

Last week, a Pew Research Center poll showed a 5-point drop in support for same-sex marriage between February (54 percent) and September (49 percent) of this year.

The Meditations of Europe's Last Brewmaster Nun

Sister Doris Engelhard begins most days with mandatory choral prayer at 5:30 a.m., along with the other Franciscan sisters of Mallersdorf Abbey in Germany.

How Our Moods Shape Our Minds

In April this year, scientists from Georgia Tech and Yahoo Labs reported that something strange was manipulating online restaurant reviews.

When the Tall Tale Grew Bigger

In a fairer world, Thomas Berger, who died in July at the age of 90, would have lived to see his great novel, Little Big Man, reprinted on its 50th anniversary.

The Incredible Rubber Glove

The first healthcare workers to use rubber gloves didn't don them for hygienic reasons, but for dermatological ones.

Why Do Erasers Suck at Erasing?

You’re using pencil, fast and furious, to scribble notes when you make a mistake. Maybe after all these years you’re still mixing up b’s and d’s.

The Other Side of the Phone

Wearing shapeless, color-coded smocks they enter the tiny interview rooms, their faces weathered from homelessness, twitching with worry and terror and detox as they look at me through the soundproof glass.

What If Democracies Refuse to Pay for the Olympics Again?

Citing financial concerns, Norway more or less announced the end of its Olympic bid for the 2022 games on Wednesday.

In Defense of Spoilers

Last October, one week after the Breaking Bad series finale, I was having breakfast with a friend in Chicago.

IUDs and Implants Are the New Pill

As of this week, IUDs and implantable devices are the first-line recommendation for contraception in young women.

How Iran Scammed the U.S. Out of a Nuclear Deal

You have to salute the rulers of Iran. They stand on the verge of scoring a stunning diplomatic triumph over the United States.

The End of the Selfie Hype Cycle

Are you sick of reading about selfies? Are you tired of hearing about how those pictures you took of yourself on vacation last month are evidence of narcissism, but also maybe of empowerment, but also probably of the click-by-click erosion of Culture at Large?

Secret Service Director Resigns Amid Bipartisan Furor

The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned on Wednesday, bowing to bipartisan pressure following a series of embarrassing security breaches.

Why Do People Love Times Square?

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