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Infosys is getting a whole lot of perks for putting America first
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Infosys is taking Donald Trump’s “Hire American” orders seriously. Amid the H-1B clampdown, India’s second-largest IT services firm is ditching its reliance on bringing in…
The score for the GOP health bill is in: 23 million Americans won’t have health insurance in 2026
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The last time the Congressional Budget Office scored the Republican health care bill back in March, it forced lawmakers to make major changes in order…
A chemical in weed can treat a devastating form of epilepsy
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Doctors who treat Dravet syndrome can’t stop their patients’ seizures—but a chemical in weed may help. Dravet syndrome is a rare, genetic form of epilepsy…
Why Ivanka and Melania Trump covered up for the Vatican but not in Saudi Arabia
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Today (May 24), during the quick Roman stop of his first trip abroad as president, Donald Trump met with Pope Francis. With him were his…
WeWork has quietly launched a fitness business inside its network of shared offices
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
WeWork, the office-space rental startup, has quietly started a new business related not to work, but to workouts. Since last year, the company has offered…
The original manuscript of The Big Book is up for auction and AA is suing to stop the sale
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous is a big deal and the original’s worth big bucks. Written mostly by William G. Wilson—aka Bill W, co-founder…
Airbnb’s co-founder designed a line of furniture that snaps together like Lego
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Anyone who’s ever schlepped furniture through various moves knows the challenge of getting old pieces to fit into new spaces. This conundrum has dogged Airbnb’s…
The US government is concerned that coworkers don’t hang out as much they used to
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The Joint Economic Committee of the US congress recently released an unusual document (pdf). The report, titled “What We Do Together,” presupposes that Americans feel…
Trump has retained a defense attorney in the Russia probe—and he’s a strange choice
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
US president Donald Trump trusts Marc Kasowitz. The New York attorney has been representing Trump for more than 15 years, helping the real estate-mogul-turned president…
Trump’s budget contains a $2 trillion accounting error. Here’s how to find it
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
There’s double-counting in US president Donald Trump’s budget—an elementary mistake worth $2 trillion. Want to see it for your own eyes? Let’s get this thing…
A Texas billionaire wants to build a supersonic business jet
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
A 12-seat business jet may be the first civilian airplane to break the speed of sound since the Concorde’s last flight in 2003. Aerion Corp.,…
A science-backed trick to reduce fear and anxiety takes just 30 seconds and a pen
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The next time painful or stressful feelings threaten to overwhelm you, here is what you do: get something to write with. Get something to write…
Warby Parker’s new app checks your vision and writes prescriptions without a trip to the doctor
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Warby Parker, every American hipster’s favorite eyeglasses retailer, is unveiling a new mobile app that allows users to check their prescription at home, without visiting…
A giant alcohol brand is awkwardly flirting with the maker of Jack Daniel’s
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The largest US beer importer, New York-based Constellation Brands, is trying to flirt with some of Kentucky’s bourbon royalty—and it doesn’t look to be working…
Coup rumors, an absent president, and a stagnant economy are putting Nigeria on edge
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
A mystery container of weapons suddenly appeared this week at the Tin Can Island port in Lagos, Nigeria. Upon opening, the Nigerian Customs Service found…
Jon Stewart’s long-awaited HBO animation project is officially dead
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Sorry, Jon Stewart fans—you’ll have to wait a little longer for the comedian’s return to television. HBO has scrapped Stewart’s much-anticipated follow-up to The Daily…
Co-living startups are selling millennials the hippie dream—minus the hard work and revolution
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Some people dream of sailing around the world for a year, or quitting their job to live in the mountains and write a great novel.…
The data are in: Young people are increasingly less racist than old people
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
On May 7, Emmanuel Macron—centrist, pro-European, pro-immigrant—won the French presidential election runoff against the far-right populist Marine Le Pen. After victories by Donald Trump (who…
Stanford’s business school is second in the US, but its new grads make the most money
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Being number two still means quite a lot. Stanford Business School regularly ranks second on the list of US MBA programs—yet its alumni, including 244…
The New Orleans mayor is here to remind us that no one is free until everyone is free
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The city of New Orleans has been making waves lately. After much debate, New Orleans decided to take down four Confederate monuments from around the…
DR Congo’s dead opposition leader is such a threat, the government won’t let him be buried
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Lubumbashi, DR Congo Etienne Tshisekedi’s corpse has languished in a Brussels morgue for months now, his beloved Congo now permanently beyond his reach. Tshisekedi, arguably…
Andela, the Zuckerberg-backed developer startup, is opening in its third African country
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Three years after opening up shop in Lagos, Andela, a startup that trains and pairs software developers with global tech firms, will be launching in…
Trump wants to spend $277 million on the most ineffective method of contraception
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Donald Trump’s budget proposal wants to dedicate $277 million to abstinence education.
Companies are mentioning Trump as a business risk three times more than they mentioned Obama
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Public companies mentioned US president Donald Trump a total of 699 times in the risk section of their financial disclosures during his first 100 days…
Chinese companies are working hard to overcome the copycat stigma
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Out of 70 trademark offices worldwide, China’s received the most trademark applications in 2016, with 3.7 million, up 29% from 2015.
Norway’s central bank made a catchy music video about turning cod into money
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
“The cod is our friend, and suddenly one is worth 200 kroner!” Norway loves cod. And rightly so, since the Nordic nation is the world’s…
Psychology shows it’s a big mistake to base our self-worth on our professional achievements
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Contemporary society has some very wrong-headed ideas about what constitutes success. Popular thinking holds that a person who went to Harvard is smarter and better…
We no longer know who the biggest pop star in the world is
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
In June, it’ll be exactly 50 years since the Beatles dropped Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—a seminal album that shaped its time. As Rolling…
This Formula One driver is trying to pull off the hardest feat in motor racing
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso knows his “career objectives are very ambitious.” “I intend to win the Triple Crown of the greatest races: Monaco, Indy,…
New research shows there’s a good reason why some people want to cut off their healthy arms and legs
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
People who have xenomelia usually don’t disclose their symptoms—even to their doctors. The condition, also known as body integrity identity disorder, causes an extreme desire…
Uber is practicing price discrimination. Economists say that might not be a bad thing
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
When Uber introduced upfront pricing in the US last year, its system of charging riders a fixed price when they book a ride, it also…
Politics is distracting American workers and may be killing US productivity
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
America’s national obsession with White House revelations tumbling out on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis appears to be sapping productivity. We’ve had survey data for…
A Chinese company is offering free training for US coal miners to become wind farmers
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
If you want to truly understand what’s happening in the energy industry, the best thing to do is to travel deep into the heart of…
Meet the elite squad of economists, analysts, and actuaries who bring authority to Washington’s crazy debates
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The Congressional Budget Office is tangible evidence that knowledge is indeed power. The CBO, as it is known, has been credited with the death of…
This artist’s comics are the antidote to Instagram anxiety
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
In September of 2015, Mari Andrew was recovering from the loss of her father, a painful breakup, and some serious health issues. She was suffering,…
A million people have visited this web page explaining how to close Vim, a notoriously difficult text-editing program
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
“How to exit the Vim editor?” That was a question asked by Stack Overflow user jclancy on August 6, 2012. If you don’t know, Vim…
Scientists are using gene editing to create the perfect tomato for your salad
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The fruits and vegetables we eat today are all genetically modified insofar as they are the result of thousands of years of selective breeding by…
Burned by Brexit, young Brits are registering to vote in droves
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The world’s most politically apathetic youth are finally mobilizing. Voter turnout among young people is notoriously low in the UK—it has fallen from 66% in…
One of the world’s largest financial services firms is mining bitcoins
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The head of one of the world’s largest asset management firms came out today (May 23) as a huge fan of bitcoin. Abigail Johnson, chief…
Amazon’s first bookstore in New York City sucks the joy out of buying books
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
The joy of the bookstore lies in what might be called the analog experience of the physical space: Hushed page-flipping; the sound of two covers…
Taiwan just became the first place in Asia to rule in favor of gay marriage nationwide
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Many saw it coming, and it finally arrived—today (May 24), the self-governing island of Taiwan became the first place in Asia to recognize a constitutional…
The FDA just approved a drug that targets cancer by genetic marker, not body parts
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Cancer care is changing. Someday soon doctors may not be so concerned with whether the disease originates in the colon, lungs, or breast. Instead of…
260% of GDP: A quick look at the debt levels that earned China a ratings downgrade
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded China’s sovereign credit rating for the first time in nearly 30 years, for fear that Beijing will prove unable to tame…
Flipkart and Rivigo are India’s top “breakthrough” brands
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
India’s startups are breaking through many barriers. A recent ranking by Interbrand, a brand consultancy owned by NYSE-listed marketing and communications conglomerate Omnicom Group, listed…
A viral video of a politician and his suitcase shows what’s wrong with male entitlement in Korea
May 24th, 2017, 06:53 PM
Kim Moo-sung, a 65 year-old Korean politician, arrived at Seoul’s Gimpo Airport yesterday (May 23) after returning from a trip to Japan. As he entered…
For all the chest-thumping, India cannot win a war against Pakistan
May 23rd, 2017, 06:53 PM
In the 1983 film WarGames, a nuclear war simulation is accidentally started by a supercomputer designed to take over in the event of the Cold…
Overheard at the great Indian wedding: Hey, mom, why do you have 40 sisters?
May 23rd, 2017, 06:53 PM
There are two types of people who insist that Indian weddings are fun. The first are white people, who are frequently well-meaning but stupid and…
Donating to my older sister’s friend: Crowdfunding is paying for urgent healthcare in China
May 23rd, 2017, 06:53 PM
Beijing Holding her six-year-old son, Deng Na’s looks into the camera, her face both tired and determined. The picture accompanying the online crowdfunding call for…
A new smart bangle is designed to prevent pregnant women from dying in rural south Asia
May 23rd, 2017, 06:53 PM
Globally, 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications every day. Nearly all of these deaths occur in developing countries. For instance, only nine mothers…
These gross, weirdly beautiful “pollution popsicles” are made from 100% pure sewage
May 23rd, 2017, 06:53 PM
As the summer approaches, a group of art students in Taiwan have concocted an unusual treat for the heat. Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng…