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The ghost economy, partisan feminism, and eight other stories you might have missed
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
1. The Mod Squad “I didn’t shake hands for like three years because I figured out that people were disgusting. And I just could not…
The number of icebergs in the North Atlantic almost doubled in 2017, thanks to melting glaciers and storms
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Melting glaciers in Greenland coupled with storms are throwing more icebergs into the North Atlantic. The International Ice Patrol registered 1,008 icebergs in shipping lanes…
More than 600 of the largest public companies in the US have no women in their boards
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Gender disparity in corporate boards is a well-known problem in the US, with only 16% of board seats in the 3,000 largest public companies in…
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an enthralling mess
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
This review contains no spoilers. It’s impossible to fully deliver on the expectations of millions of Star Wars fans. Some will be upset by any…
How California rescued exotic animals during the wildfires
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Last week, the Los Angeles Creek Fire swept through a narrow, shrubby canyon, threatening a 160-acre private animal sanctuary that’s home to 400 animals, including…
Africa’s leading innovation scholar, Calestous Juma, has died
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Calestous Juma, the luminary Kenyan scholar who championed the cause of innovation and technology in transforming African countries, and whose books and papers about the…
Today is the last day to sign up for Obamacare in the US. Here’s how
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The federal Obamacare enrollment window for 2017 is almost over: The federal government has cut in half the length of time people have to purchase…
A guide to paying taxes on bitcoin investments
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Making money on bitcoin, ethereum, and scores of other cryptoassets has been remarkably easy this year. But in the US, paying taxes on those gains…
Battered by overexpansion in the West, H&M is expanding into China
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
H&M’s years of investing too much money and energy in its physical stores—and not enough in its digital ones—are catching up with it. Throughout 2017…
The paradox of Paul Ryan’s request for Americans to have more babies
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Even as he pushes forward a tax reform bill that primarily ensures the rich get richer, US house speaker Paul Ryan has his eyes on…
Charted: How the Disney-Fox mega-merger eats up market share
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Disney struck a deal to buy 21st Century Fox for roughly $66 billion yesterday (Dec. 14), in a largely horizontal mega-merger, that would allow the…
Research suggests friends are how we survive work
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
What motivates you to come to work? At times it may be money, a sense of progress, or the opportunity to contribute to society. But…
Fashion Nova is the millennial clothing brand googled more than Chanel
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Earlier this week, Google published its 2017 Year in Search charts, which reveals that as unique as we think we are, we’re all searching for…
This Nigerian AI health startup wants to save thousands of babies’ lives with a simple app
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
A Nigerian startup has developed a machine learning system to detect child birth asphyxia earlier and hopes to save thousands of babies’ lives every year…
Happy Friday: the high end edition
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Subscribe to the Quartzy newsletter to receive this in your inbox each Friday. Happy Friday! Stoners, whether they consider themselves aesthetes or not, have a…
Let’s take a moment of silence for the death of AOL Instant Messenger
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Today is the day that AOL Instant Messenger dies. In October, when Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that owns AOL, announced that it would be shutting…
A Chinese company is developing facial recognition for organic chickens
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
If you live in a city but still want to look deep into the eyes of your dinner, you’re in luck. Thanks to blockchain technology…
Stephen Hawking’s search for extraterrestrial life came up short
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
If that pink, cigar-shaped interstellar asteroid from November seemed fishy to you, you’re not alone. Scientists, too, have thought that the first object to visit…
“Lady Bird” lost its perfect Rotten Tomatoes score because one critic gamed the system
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
One bad apple really can spoil the bunch. Lady Bird‘s perfect run on Rotten Tomatoes is through. Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age tale had surpassed Toy Story…
The media ends up racializing poverty by presenting a distorted image of black families
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
There is a stark difference in how the media portrays black and white families. According to a study by non-profit civil rights advocacy group Color…
How I learned to take my breasts to work
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The first time I noticed a man staring at my breasts was in fifth grade. It was my teacher. Oblivious, I had picked out a…
Watch SpaceX launch its first reusable rocket to the International Space Station
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Elon Musk’s space company will launch its fourth previously flown booster rocket today (Dec. 15) in a mission to the International Space Station. Then, while…
I’m a sexual harassment lawyer. Here’s my advice to men
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The tidal wave of men in Hollywood, Congress and the media losing their jobs after allegations of sexual harassment has spurred many men in much…
There’s a trick to improving your mood—but you probably don’t want to do it
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Conventional wisdom holds that mood and motivation supercede action: The better we feel and the more motivated we are, the more likely we are to…
Orange, paintbrush strokes, and “golden eyes” dominated US book covers in 2017
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Two years ago, the aesthetic was super flat and pastel. Last year, we saw a striking profusion of birds on yellow backgrounds and pencils on…
How to gift entertainment in the age of the internet
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Once upon a time, TV shows and movies were some of the easiest gifts to give. Your friend just started watching Seinfeld? Get her the…
Amtrak is finally refreshing its tired train interiors
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
For the next six months, overnight crews will be giving Amtrak’s dingy train interiors a much needed design makeover. The $16 million refresh involves swapping…
A new technology promises to make bitcoin useful to pay for things, and not to hoard
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Bitcoin is torn by opposing impulses: to be a store of value, like digital gold, or the internet equivalent of cash, used for everyday purchases…
Women with postgrad degrees are more likely to report experiencing sex discrimination at work
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
According to a new Pew Research Center study, 42% of working women in the US say they’ve faced gender discrimination at work. This discrimination includes…
Bringing the lightsaber from Star Wars—the ultimate toy—to life
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Like many American children of his generation, Mike Goslin grew up watching Star Wars. He saw the first movie in theaters when he was a…
A new art exhibition portrays Vladimir Putin as a superhero
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
In a new Moscow art exhibition titled “SUPERPUTIN,” Russian president Vladimir Putin is portrayed as, well, super. There’s a painting of Putin looking steely in…
Airbnb has a new target—actual bed and breakfasts
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
In a move you could file under “startups realizing the concept they disrupted is still a good idea after all,” yesterday Airbnb announced a new…
Skechers, Kodak, Hostess: Household brands without any women on the board
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Skechers, the footwear company, sells a dizzying array of sneakers, athletic apparel, and accessories to women and girls. The company sponsors elite women athletes like…
Trump has failed on trade (that’s good), but the economic damage is already done
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
It’s been almost a year since Trump has taken office. At the center of his campaign was protectionism and rewriting the international rules. Nafta was…
Ethiopia has blocked social media sites as new Oromo protests hit the country
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Ethiopia’s government has blocked the internet following days of protests and unease that resulted in deaths and injuries in universities and towns across the East…
There are 624 public companies with no women on their boards. Here’s the list
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
There are more women on corporate boards than ever, but they still only occupy 16% of all available seats in the Russell 3000, an index…
By next month, 600,000 American children will lose their health insurance. This is where they live.
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Though it was a key promise of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has not yet repealed, or replaced, Obamacare. This doesn’t mean the Trump administration…
The new stoner aesthetic is high design
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
In January of 2015, three friends—design writers and curators, the sorts of women who wear cool cover-ups, interesting sunglasses, and hats that have never been…
The next big sin tax could be aimed at meat
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
It’s a controversial question that sits at the intersection of climate change, public health, animal agriculture, and governance: Should eating meat be considered in the…
Does the Republican tax cut mean deficits don’t matter?
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The financial mood is heady. The price of bitcoin is surging, forcing deep thinking about the nature of money. Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are embracing…
Idyllic suburban ponds are actually full of creatures made up of human poop
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
My suburban childhood in the US northeast featured a small pond in the nearby woods. I remember the frogs at the pond in spring looking…
China is the acid-test for a technology that could save the world from catastrophic climate change
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Dongying, China From smog-choked cities to sludge-filled rivers, stories about China’s environment in recent years have painted a bleak picture. But China is not the…
The 20% rule of time management can turn chaos into creative genius
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The term Eureka was first used by the Greek mathematician Archimedes. He was getting into a bath when he noticed that the water level rose…
Alphabet’s X will use light beams to bring the internet to millions of rural Indian households
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The “moonshot factory” of Alphabet, the tech giant that owns Google, is bringing a wireless internet technology it tested in the stratosphere to connect rural…
Thousands of Indian wives might not be able to work in the US under new Trump proposal
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Spouses of Indian immigrants in the US may be headed back to their golden cages. Ending months of speculation, the Trump administration disclosed its plans…
The EU institutions are unbelievably white. Brexit will make them even whiter
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
The European Parliament is, by several measures, the most diverse legislative chamber in the world. It has 24 official languages and its members are from…
India’s shocking income divide—charted
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
In the last few decades, the rich in India have been getting richer and the poor getting poorer. In 2014, for instance, the wealth possessed…
Europe’s plan to forget Britain and unseat the US as leader of the free world
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Brussels, Belgium It was September in New York City, and Federica Mogherini had a big stage. On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the…
Men get twice as much pension money as women in Germany
December 15th, 2017, 03:18 PM
It’s tough being a female pensioner in Germany. A report this week from the Hans Böckler Foundation’s Institute for Economic and Social Sciences found (pdf…
Bahubali, Bollywood, and bitcoin: What Indians Googled in 2017
December 14th, 2017, 03:18 PM
Indians continued to display their love for cinema and cricket on Google Search in 2017, but with a twist. In the Bollywood-crazy country, the south…