Until Adam Rippon, I’d given up caring about gay representation because it seemed to me inherently assimilationist, and inherently restrictive. 

One reason people love Adam Rippon: for the first time, a gay athlete isn’t moderating his sexuality for acceptance.

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SETI researchers can't buy the latest graphics cards because crypto miners have driven up prices.
In the Arctic, it always gets worse. At a survivalist training camp, Eva Holland learns the best way through is fun.
When school shootings are averted, it's usually because family or friends alert police.

He will be a man, or maybe still a boy. He will have a semiautomatic rifle—an AR-15, or something like it—and several high-capacity magazines filled with ammunition. The weapon will have been purchased legally, the background check no obstacle. He will walk into a school, or a concert, or an office building. And he will open fire into a crowd of innocents.

The Boston Globe dedicates its front page to the next mass shooting, which may happen sometime next week.

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On Twitter, Russian trolls, bots, and "influencers" are looking to deepen divides after the Florida school shooting.

In case you were wondering: how to run 100 miles (in a row).

Teachers make a fetish of the five-paragraph essay, but it comes at the cost of students learning how to think.

By week’s end, now back in France after more than 150km through the Swiss farmstead villages of La Fouly and Champex, I sensed we may have achieved what we both had thought impossible.

A man and his elderly father make a 10-day pilgrimage around one of Europe’s highest mountains.

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Interview with a man who buys houses for cash and advertises his business on handwritten street signs.
Ronan Farrow uncovers an elaborate system deployed by the President to hide his extramarital relations.
A brief history of the waterbed, including its odd popularity with dairy farmers ("happier cows, happier milk").

Immigration expands the economic pie but gives too meager a slice to ordinary people. The goal must be to retain, and in fact expand, immigration while ensuring that its benefits are distributed fairly.

Under a Visas Between Individuals Program, citizens would have the right to sponsor a migrant for economic purposes.

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More than 50% of people with anosmia (the loss of sense of smell) report feeling isolated from a decent social life.
Now that Trump's lawyer has revealed he paid off a porn star, the porn star's lawyer says she's ready to talk.
Ever since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Coast Guard is busy cleaning up hundreds of sunken, abandoned boats.
We're entering "Peak Olympics," the phase in sports when human athletic progress reaches its final plateau.

The sight of a Chinese actress in blackface, leading an African man dressed as a monkey around a stage as a way of celebrating a vital trading relationship on prime-time national TV, seems particularly ill-judged.

The most watched entertainment program on earth offers a mixed message about China’s investments in Africa.

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A train conductor relates what it's like to be the involuntary killer of people who are determined to be run over.