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The distant fringe of dining habits

  • Meet Murree Brewery, Pakistan's only major alcohol producer—and a key part of peace in India-Pakistan relations. Updated 2d ago
  • The tyranny of pumpkin spice is all-powerful—but is it racist?
  • After 10 years at Grub Street, Adam Platt reflects on how blogs have democratized the restaurant industry.
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The Sandia Z machine, located in Albuquerque, N.M. Credit: Sandia Labs.

Because sometimes it's Friday, and the weekend's almost here, and you need some time to yourself to watch skiers and snowboarders crash and burn.

Saudi Arabia, where even milk depends on oil

A full third of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen hit civilians. Meanwhile cratering oil prices and those costly airstrikes are causing a mild economic crisis in Saudi Arabia.


Analysis of 4,000 lawsuits shows that Trump rarely follows through with lawsuits over people’s words

Trump has ever only "won" one lawsuit he filed in response to someone saying something mean about him, and the end result of that case is in dispute.

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Meet Fancy Bear

Russian government hackers Fancy Bear have the full backing and resources of a superpower, but due to terrible cybersecurity hygiene, are able to utilize simple email phishing scams to gain access to their many targets, including the DNC, John Podesta, Colin Powell, citizen journalists, and others.


French kissing rules mapped by France's départments, based on this database. See also: A traveler's guide to global greetings.

Recurring cases of the yips like Lester’s have occasionally afflicted baseball players, such as second basemen Steve Sax and Chuck Knoblauch, who suddenly could not throw to first, and catcher Mackey Sasser, who had trouble throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

You don't have to be a baseball fan to appreciate this story of how the Cubs' Jon Lester pitched a win last night despite being unable to throw to first base.
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Americans need something to fight for

For your Saturday morning reading pile: Is it true that Americans do (much, much) better when they have an enemy in common? "During eras of safety, the United States loses its preoccupying focus and people turn their attention to domestic affairs. The in-group versus out-group boundaries start to blur."


The Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx, 77-76, to win the franchise’s third WNBA championship.

How an entire state priced itself out of the market for entry-level home buyers

In California, building impact fees "have made entry-level housing almost nonexistent.”

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Leading while female

  • Huma Abedin revealed by Wikileaks to be a very Clinton-specific Google search of a human being. Updated 3d ago
  • Authors pay homage to Michelle Obama.
  • In Iceland, a politician breastfeeding while giving a speech is routine.
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The art of political persuasion

  • Donald Trump persuades Mark Cuban not to vote for Donald Trump. Updated 3d ago
  • Sociologists show that communities in physical proximity share voting behaviors far more closely than demographics like race, income, or age.
  • Research proves that lawn signs can be an effective investment in close races.
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Kawit Cavite, Philippines. Credit: Jill Encarnacion.