- Two new studies explain why Australia has one of the largest language families. Updated 5h ago
- Why our memories and moralities are deeply entwined with the languages we speak.
- Can Japanese read Chinese?
- There’s a good chance we’ll see a record number of female Senators come November—and our government will be much improved. Updated 5h ago
- Many women are spooks, but only a third of the CIA's leadership is female.
- Hillary Clinton is the most closely observed woman in America, but we haven’t figured out how to interpret the data yet.
- Charlotte police release footage of Keith Scott's death. Updated 5h ago
- Callous disregard or best practice? Cops seem unconcerned just moments after killing Keith Scott, which fits a broader pattern.
- Pastor: True healing begins with God, then Wal-Mart.
Chicago now escorts one in five students to school to provide safe passage in areas where bullets fly.
The Decarbonization of California
Tomorrow marks the 10-year anniversary of then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to curbing climate change in California. The San Francisco Chronicle summarizes what's changed—and, surprisingly, it's a lot.
The Dairy Section of Our Dreams
Conventional thought holds that grocery stores put milk in the back to make you pass by other items to buy. But what if competition forces them "to put the milk more or less where the customers would like it to be?"
Politics in Pigeons
According to the following video, when the leader of a homing pigeon flock goes in the wrong direction, either he/she gives up command, or the other birds stop following. The actual study is pretty fascinating: researchers re-set the birds' "sun compass" (poor birds!) to evaluate changes in "flock hierarchy." (In other bird video goodness, an answer to the riddle: How long does it take a puffin to put a feather in its burrow?)
- Police unions are frequently segregated, and frequently prefer to stay that way. Updated 3d ago
- Criminologist finds little research into police unions and their effects on societies and cities—but nearly all of the research says they're bad.
- Cops refuse to protect NFL players on grounds that athletes don't have freedom of speech.
- Ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer sets Appalachian Trail record with unique fueling strategy (including bacon and beer). Updated 6d ago
- FOMO helped to kill the Great Barrier Reef.
- Climber and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard blames "the death of the outdoors" on Outside magazine.
Where Death Lies
Each year, the Japanese government expects dozens of people to die from eating ill-prepared blowfish, and yet the dish remains a delicacy.
The 2016 Tournament of Books
Relive the action of the 12th Annual Morning News Tournament of Books—or any of the previous 11—presented by Field Notes.
Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books
Announcing the brackets for the 2016 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes.
- Welcome to the age of kompromat, or the well-timed release of compromising material. Updated 1w ago
- FBI tries to figure out how to take hackers (and Putin?) to trial.
- Former National Security Council spokesperson reflects on the panic of Washington elites in this period of regular email hacks.
- Trump Foundation has used over $250,000 of other people's money to pay off settlements from lawsuits against Trump's other assets. Updated 3d ago
- Trump has received nearly $900 million in tax breaks on his New York properties, often obtained by the means you'd expect from him.
- Trump's mysterious foundation has no clear purpose, but it did once buy a $20,000 portrait of Trump himself.