- Meet Murree Brewery, Pakistan's only major alcohol producer—and a key part of peace in India-Pakistan relations. Updated 3h 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.
- Want to save our democracy? "Go outside." A battle cry for "third spaces." Updated 7h ago
- More and more people are deluded into believing themselves to be experts. They're wrong.
- MIT Media Lab's social learning machines explain who's influencing the presidential election.
More reasons why evolution is true
In a new paper in Science, researchers conclude that several traits in humans—including lactose tolerance, hair and eye color, and parts of the immune system, as well as height—have evolved within the last 2,000 years.
See also: "Young people decide whether they’ve had enough to drink the same way the cruise control on a car 'decides' whether to accelerate or hit the brakes."
Presidential debates and House of Cards prove popular in Iran
Last night's debate aired on three channels in Iran, in Farsi, Arabic, and English. This came after the previous showdown was the first US presidential debate ever broadcast live in Iran.
The most under-reported conflict in the world right now: Ethiopia's unrest
As risk factors go, "ethnic minority rule is one of the strongest predictors of some kind of state failure." See also: The Economist on Ethiopia's recent slide toward chaos.
Your post-debate Republican-leaning reading materials
Because sometimes we like to read across the aisle:
- Why Twitter is powerless against the racist use of tech company names and Skittles candies. Updated 1d ago
- The Harambe meme was originally about a gorilla, we think.
- Can a racist meme be rehabilitated?
- Donald Trump persuades Mark Cuban not to vote for Donald Trump. Updated 1d 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.
The Adolescent Scene
Dribbling in the Dark
What it’s like to be 14 in a new school, a new city away from home—and the wrong ethnicity in a divided country.
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.
- Duterte declares his "separation" from the United States. Updated 52m ago
- In Duterte's war, local residents draw up hit lists.
- Duterte says Obama and the State Department should "go to hell."