"As E.M.T.s say, time is tissue." Another crisis facing rural America: a shortage of ambulance drivers.

This is what it is to look at the life of Cardi, before she was Cardi. A ‘Dickens was here’ graffiti bomb in Highbridge, the Bronx.

In praise of Cardi B from the perspective of the great Dominican exodus and its mythologies.

A former deputy governor of the Bank of England admits he knows nothing whatsoever about science and sets out to learn at age 70.
Kirie (切り絵) is the Japanese art of cutting paper. Masayo Fukuda's work is so precise it looks like fine pen drawings.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin explain how to shoot a movie when you're worried about being responsible for the death of your star.

The United States makes more cheese than it can sell. This year the surplus grew to 900,000 cubic yards.
Harvesting dead animals from the highway is common practice in Alaska. Can roadkill be rebranded for the lower 48?
"To proceed within a trap." New paintings by Karla Marchesi.
Sponsored: Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" video was among 2018's most productivity-disrupting workplace events.
Changes in communication technologies follow a "universal decay function"—which explains how society is forgetting John Lennon.

For Gauguin, he had the moral luck to be an excellent painter, so everyone forgives him. They say, “How wonderful that he did what he needed to do to make this extraordinary art.” What if he had been a terrible painter?

Profile writer Larissa MacFarquhar on “moral luck” and the individual thinking behind extreme altruism.

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"All the porn went to VHS, and the rest is history." A list of products that flopped because they arrived at the wrong time.
Pretty interesting: a list of movies, albums, and other entertainment products that were affected by the September 11 attacks.
An illustrated edition of Euclid’s Elements from 1847 gets updated for the web.
McDonald's loses its Big Mac trademark after a legal battle with the Irish fast-food chain Supermac.
The global economy is roaring ahead without much notice, in the form of digital goods bought and sold inside Fortnite.

I walked down the aisle and browsed through the books I imagined Bowie might’ve touched. Of course, I looked over every time one of the doors opened, but that day Bowie never stepped inside McNally Jackson.

On David Bowie and books, and trying to arrange a chance encounter with your hero at his favorite bookstore.

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In another first, China has successfully grown a plant in a tiny biosphere on the moon's surface.
Researchers warn against antibiotic use in space, as gravity conditions can accelerate antibiotic resistance in bacteria.