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The latest in a new generation of giant telescopes broke ground this week

Space is hot. Thanks to new rockets built by the private sector and the remarkable discovery of evidence of water on Mars, space flight and…...

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Sports gambling is finally legal. So why can’t I bet on my football team?

When the US Supreme Court struck down a federal law banning sports betting in the US in May, football fans across the nation rejoiced. Betting…...

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Walmart wants to take on Amazon with virtual reality shopping

Walmart, the world’s biggest company, is better known for cheap tube socks than its technical wizardry. But the company has thousands of developers plugging away&...

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Elon Musk’s decision to round to $420 could cost him $170 million

In an Aug. 16 interview with the New York Times, Elon Musk revealed that he fired off the fateful tweet saying he was considering taking…...

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Singapore is turning “Crazy Rich Asians” into a rebranding opportunity

The release this week of Crazy Rich Asians has been hailed a win for Asian and Asian-American representation in Hollywood. And it’s a win also…...

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Hedonism holds the secret to a happier life, but not for the reasons you think

As a former Type A person, I firmly believe that most Type A types are failing at life. They’ve opted for an utterly miserable existence,…...

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Even Vogue thinks it’s time fashion stopped casting adolescent models

Fashion companies have been casting girls in very adult campaigns for decades—see 15-year-old Brooke Shields for Calvin Klein way back in 1980. But they’re finally...

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GIPHY is launching a film festival for the age of very, very short attention spans

Pardon us Martin Scorsese, GIPHY says that next cinematic opus may take the form of an 18-second looping clip. The online gif database that introduced…...

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Kofi Annan, the African leader who reshaped the UN, has died

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary-general and Nobel peace prize winner, died today (Aug. 18) at the age of 80. His family confirmed that…...

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These beautiful works of art illustrate the brain’s complexity

Art is sometimes the easiest way of understanding the mysterious and unknowable. The Art of Neuroscience competition, organized by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience,...

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Running for office is hard when you have a porn star’s name. This makes it worse

Colombian-born DREAMer Catalina Cruz has lived in New York City since she was nine. She is an attorney, with a history of working on tenants’…...

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‘Too many cooks in the kitchen’ applies to ants and robots, too

Whether you’re super industrious or kind of a slacker, you’ve probably noticed that a few people do most of the work on a project or…...

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Samsung’s strategy for keeping up with Apple is to be mean

Does being petty pay off? Next week, Samsung’s newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9, will hit stores. It’s a wonderful, giant phone that really has&#82...

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A hilarious new memoir reveals the absurd business of selling books today

Wigtown is a coastal “book town” in Scotland that features an Airbnb rental where bibliophiles can spend their vacation living out the romantic fantasy of&...

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In a sexist world, it’s still possible for women to oppress men

This week, news broke that a star professor at New York University has been suspended for a year after a Title IX investigation found evidence…...

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Trump’s border wall could decimate these rare species

From beautiful songbirds and stealthy cats to rock-like mussels and long-nosed bats, the 1,900 mile (3,000 km) Rio Grande supports a number of rare plants…...

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The US government wants to wiretap Facebook Messenger in an MS-13 case

In a case in a California federal court, the US Department of Justice wants Facebook to break the encryption of its Messenger app, Reuters reported.…...

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Marijuana is going corporate, and the government isn’t ready

An alcohol conglomerate pouring $4 billion into a marijuana startup shouldn’t surprise, but it might be cause for concern. This week, Constellation Brands invested i...

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Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the…...

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Wine tastes better when you ditch the rules for drinking it

“In wine, there is truth” the ancient saying goes. In wine these days, there are also a lot of rules. And sometimes, the judgement, showmanship,…...

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A French illustrator’s images of black women are controversial in Paris, but adored on Instagram

A meet-and-greet with illustrator Nicholle Kobi is titled A Parisian Instant, yet at home the French illustrator is overlooked. This, even as her work spreads…...

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Japan’s deadly heatwave should worry athletes competing in the 2022 Olympics

The northern hemisphere is currently suffering an unprecedented heatwave. In Japan, more than 100 people have died and tens of thousands more were hospitalized due…...

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The dollar tricked everyone

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the US dollar. Nearly 90% of all currency trades involve the dollar, meaning the currency is involved in…...

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Summer picnic recipes for mayonnaise haters

Mayonnaise is the stuff of strong opinions. Whether you’re pro, con, or deeply brand-loyal, there is no more polarizing condiment—and perhaps no more polarizing fo...

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A messaging app with data-free texts is targeting Whatsapp in South Africa

As South Africa’s top social media platform, Whatsapp has taken on Mxit, Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and more recently, WeChat. In all three instances, Whatsapp estab...

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A Ugandan pop star turned politician is learning the price of standing up to president Museveni

Bobi Wine is learning that shifting from performing protest songs to protesting from the benches of Uganda’s parliament will require a different kind of resilience.&#823...

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How the wild 1990s forged Berlin’s identity as a hub for creativity

Hedonistic, creative, cheap, sexy, a playground for punks, clubbers, and artists. That has been the reputation the German capital around the world since the fall…...

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Is Elon Musk ready to embrace his ordinariness?

Elon Musk and the ground don’t seem to meet very often, at least not in our portrayals of the billionaire tech inventor. In illustrations meant…...

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Democrats are excited by an #Avenatti2020 ad’s “We hit harder” theme

Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who says she was paid by Donald Trump’s lawyer to keep their affair a secret,…...

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A brief history of Elon Musk funding his companies with his other companies

SpaceX, a company that makes reusable rockets and plots colonies on Mars, is at the moment the most stable outfit in Elon Musk’s portfolio. Turns…...

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Monsanto’s worst enemy is one it cannot control: the wind

Two of the largest American seed companies are spearheading an effort to have the US government limit the seasons in which farmers can spray dicamba,…...

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Investors didn’t listen to Nvidia

For the last year, Nvidia has essentially been selling pickaxes to gold miners. Graphics processing units (GPUs) have proven to be necessary tools for cryptocurrency&#8230...

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How a Guernsey woman brought a construction project to a grinding halt with an ancient plea

Do you long for a bygone era when rules were simple and you could just stand in the street and clamor for justice? Well, that’s…...

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You’ll no longer have to spend ludicrous amounts of money on EpiPens

On Thursday (Aug. 16), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a generic version of the EpiPen, a life-saving tool that stops severe allergic…...

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Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary tool elephants use to stay cancer-free

Once they got into the laboratory, the scientists didn’t hold back. The elephant tissue they’d collected was divided into several petri dishes, and then the…...

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Freelancers aren’t protected by equal employment laws. So what should they do when they face discrimination?

A fellow freelancer once told me she got an angry phone call from a client after sending an invoice for the previously agreed-upon rate. Apparently,…...

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Chill that lukewarm bottle of wine in a hurry

It’s a weekday in midsummer, you’re preparing dinner, and you suddenly really want a glass of wine. A cold glass of wine. But the bottle…...

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Trump’s crazy new finance idea isn’t that crazy

Donald Trump’s tweet this morning (Aug. 17) with his latest idea for goosing the economy was immediately met with scorn and derision. And why not?…...

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Should data scientists using R and Python switch over to Julia?

It might be time for data scientists to learn a new programming language. Particularly if they have a need for speed. Last week, the lead…...

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1,400 Google employees are demanding transparency around the company’s return to China

Google’s code of conduct encourages employees to not be evil and speak up when they see something they think isn’t right. They’re speaking up now...

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Terrorism is surging in the US, fueled by right-wing ideologies

Terrorism is in retreat around the world. Attacks fell from about 17,000 in 2014 to about 11,000 in 2017, and dropped almost 40% in the…...

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Amazon has reportedly lost its smart speaker dominance

Google has found its groove in the smart speaker market, nearly doubling the number of devices it shipped in the last year to 5.4 million…...

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East Africa’s largest coffee shop chain is taking Kenyan tea and coffee to China

Java House, east Africa’s largest chain of coffee and dining shops, is taking Kenyan coffee and tea to China. The company said it signed a…...

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a great follow-up to a fantastic phone

Back in 2017, Samsung had a lot to prove with the Note 8. It was the first phone in the line since the Note 7,…...

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The US-Mexico border wall’s dangerous, costly side-effect: enormous floods

On July 27, 2014, monsoon rains hit the sister cities of Nogales, Arizona, in the US, and Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico. As the rain poured…...

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This desk changes when it senses your stress at work

Researchers at MIT Media Lab have designed a desk that adapts to the mood of the user by adjusting lighting, changing images on a screen…...

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Science shows that luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy

You’re so lucky! How do I know? Because, to name just a few factors, you’re literate, can access the internet, and have great taste (you’re&#...

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An ex-cop investigated an apartheid government pedophilia ring in a new book. Now he’s dead

On Aug. 5, a searing book came out alleging that in late apartheid-era South Africa, government officials regularly took boys to an island near the…...

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Fila’s hit sneaker of the 1990s, the Disruptor, is leading the brand’s revival

You could hardly engineer a better moment for a sneaker like the Fila Disruptor. The sawtooth-soled behemoth—most often seen in stark white—was originally released in&...

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In just 10 days, India has lost three giants of dignified politics

A few weeks ago, Rahul Gandhi walked across the floor of parliament to the ruling party and hugging prime minister Narendra Modi. The Congress party…...

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Before Vajpayee became the BJP’s moderate face, he thought of quitting the party

Some senior political leaders, who were in important positions during the late 1980s, claim that overtures were made to Atal Bihari Vajpayee to quit the…...

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China’s quest for more babies is showing signs of desperation

It’s been only three years since China abandoned its infamous one-child policy, in place since 1979. Now, the country of 1.3 billion that once used…...

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It’s the dawn of a new era for hotel points obsessives

For most of us, booking a hotel room is an equation of convenience, affordability, and comfort. But for hotel points obsessives, each night away from…...

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An Instagram project puts India’s forgotten monuments in the spotlight

Amit Pasricha’s lens looks at India the way few others do. One of the foremost panoramic photographers in the country, he uses a technique that…...

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10 numbers tell the story of the catastrophic Kerala floods

As India celebrated its 71st Independence Day on Aug. 15, the southern coastal state of Kerala was being ravaged by the worst floods in nearly…...

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China wants the world to help name the rover it’s going to put on the far side of the moon

China on Wednesday (August 15) unveiled (link in Chinese) a model of the lunar rover it aims to put on the far side of the…...

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The world is mourning the death of India’s former prime minister

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Indian prime minister who passed away on Aug. 16, was as respected globally as he was in India. His first…...

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The first US marijuana-based prescription drug costs $32,500 a year

GW Pharmaceuticals is pricing its Epidiolex prescription drug—the first marijuana-based medicine approved in the US by the FDA—at $32,500 a year...

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The US is worried that a Russian satellite is really a weapon

When the satellite Cosmos 2519 was launched into space by Russia last year, the world did not know why. Now, a US diplomat warned a…...

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The best #ShareYourRejection stories are the ones that don’t lead to success

Failure: It’s so hot right now. Silicon Valley gurus preach the importance of “failing fast,” while schools are trying to teach girls that it&...

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Amazon could be the next great disruptor in cinema

Cinema stocks got a lift on word that Amazon might be getting into the movie theater business. The e-commerce giant is reportedly bidding to buy…...

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The first drug specifically for postpartum depression is nearing approval

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body and brain in ways scientists are still working to understand. Consider postpartum depression: some 10% to 20% of mothers feel&#8...

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Space as a service: NASA and SpaceX find a new way of putting people into orbit

As soon as next year, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will whip around the earth at 17,500 miles per hour, ferrying two NASA astronauts to the…...

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The cautionary tale of Blue Apron’s growth strategy

Home-delivered meal kits are forecasted to have an annual growth rate of 25% to 30% over the next five years and become a $2.2 billion…...

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California could be the first US state to set quotas for women on boards

Women make up little more than half the US population, but occupy only 18% of its corporate board seats. Meanwhile, more than a fifth of…...

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Alfonso Cuarón’s long-awaited follow-up to “Gravity” looks gorgeous

It’s been five years since the master filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón made a film. That’s too long. But based on the mesmerizing trailer for Roma released&#8...

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Zimbabwe is producing Chinese documentaries to help revive its tourism business

Zimbabwe’s beleaguered tourism sector is starting to re-engage its international markets, targeting tour operators who had ceased to package the country in recent ye...

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MoviePass is now strictly limiting what you’re allowed to see

MoviePass members can basically only watch movies MoviePass wants them to see now. The movie-ticket subscription service, which began rolling out a new plan this…...

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The high-tech future of fashion manufacturing

The fashion industry is surprisingly old-fashioned. For decades, it has relied on cheap, manual labor to do just about every job. But it’s entering a…...

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Walmart is looking the strongest in years in its fight against Amazon

If Walmart is getting squeezed by Amazon, you wouldn’t know it. The retailer reported today that sales at US stores open at least a year…...

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The music world mourns the death of Aretha Franklin

Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin, known widely as the Queen of Soul, died at the age of 76 in her Detroit home today, according to…...

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A teenager reportedly hacked Apple and stole tons of information

For some, getting Apple gossip from the internet just isn’t enough. A 16-year-old from Melbourne allegedly was able to hack into Apple’s private servers an...

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The most iconic performances of Aretha Franklin, who has died at age 76

The legendary singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin, known widely as the Queen of Soul, died in her Detroit home today, according to her publicist. She was 76.…...

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International trade led to growth–even in the Iron Age

Most current-day economists agree that trade leads to growth. A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that was also the case…...

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Middle children are finally getting the appreciation they deserve

Middle children are increasingly rare in the US—but their scarcity seems to be adding to their allure. As Adam Sternbergh explains in a recent article…...

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Does culture eat strategy for breakfast? The higher your position, the more likely you are to agree

The “culture versus strategy” debate is nearly as old as the light beer ads it resembles: “Tastes Great!/Less Filling!” And as in those classic ads,&am...

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When Aretha Franklin offered to post bail for Angela Davis

Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76 in her home in Detroit, was known for her unbelievable musical talent and majestic career,…...

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David Bowie fondly misremembered the time Aretha Franklin snubbed him

Aretha Franklin was revered on all the stages that stretched across her many realms, from awards shows to academia. One story linking those two worlds…...

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Companies like Starbucks use smells to keep us buying. Here’s why it works

Smell is the ugly stepchild of the sense family. Sight gives us sunsets and Georgia O’Keefe. Sound gives us Brahms and Aretha Franklin. Touch gives…...

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A Silicon Valley startup is giving lithium-ion batteries a much-needed silicon boost

Lithium-ion batteries are the workhorses of modern life. The batteries pack enough energy to power our smartphones and electric cars. But smartphones still die after&#8230...

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High-profile prosecutions alone won’t solve Kenya’s corruption problem

Kenya’s president has lost friends and allies in recent weeks—many, many of them. Uhuru Kenyatta recently said his administration’s war on corruption cost him supporters...

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India’s most respected right-wing prime minister is no more

Former Indian prime minister and statesman, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, passed away today (Aug. 16) in New Delhi following a prolonged illness. He was 93. He…...

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In a warming world, the fight for water can push nations apart—or bring them together

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The families Trump separated and deported will likely try to come back to the US

Asylum-seeking families and children who turn up in Mexico and at the US southern border from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are escaping terrible violence…...

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Big bad bosses like Elon Musk keep proving “the power paradox”

Neuroscientist Tania Singer is the world’s foremost empathy researcher. Now she’s been accused of bullying colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzi...

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Lobster is the perfect example of Trump’s trade war backfiring

Island Seafood, a $40 million in annual sales lobster wholesaler that’s been operating on the Maine coast for over 20 years, got a distressing message…...

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Two migrant women must now convincingly testify they were pawns in Kim Jong Nam’s killing

A judge in Malaysia found today (Aug. 16) that there’s enough evidence to continue with the trial of two young Southeast Asian migrant workers on…...

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The biggest surprise in markets this year is the mighty US dollar

Last year was the worst for the US dollar since 2003. The greenback fell almost 10% against a basket of major trading partners, and analysts…...

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Trump’s immigration chief can fix Indians’ wait for green cards—but he won’t

An overwhelming 77% of professionals awaiting US green cards are Indians. Their waiting period extends between an excruciating 12 years to an impossible 150 years.…...

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Duterte is willing to step down so a former dictator’s son can take over

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president whose brutal war on drugs has killed thousands, has signaled he’s willing to step down. But the scenario for his…...

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A former national security advisor explains how India can modernise its military tech

The context of war is changing for India too. On its western border, Pakistan, though numerically inferior to India, is trying its best to modernize…...

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Madonna is 60—and she still doesn’t care what you think of her

One of the first albums I owned was a tape of Madonna’s 1987 remix collection You Can Dance. I’m not sure where I got it…...

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In South Africa’s migrant communities, food offers a sense of belonging

When it comes to food, you can start with whatever you have. Even if it’s just enough to buy two eggs. You can boil them…...

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The humble Indian nightie is becoming a global fashion trend

The year was 1988. For Benny NA, it marked a watershed—it was the year he made a major contribution to popularising the nightie in Kerala.…...

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India’s airlines are struggling because they’re chasing passengers, not profits

India’s aviation sector has faced the same issues for years but failed to find a solution. Over the last one month, two of the country’s…...

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Overwhelmed by the crowds, IKEA wants Indians to calm down

IKEA’s first Indian store has seen so much rush in the first week of its opening that the retailer is now having to demotivate shoppers…...

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The power is out at Washington DC’s Ronald Reagan airport

This is a developing story and will update. Ronald Reagan National Airport, one of the primary airports serving the Washington DC area, registered a power…...

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