Etsy went public in 2014, putting artisans—and employees—on a fascinating crash course with capitalism.
Freeman Dyson initiated belief that strong nuclear force is fine-tuned for life, but new simulations show otherwise.

She's better. Missy Elliott profiled by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah:

Missy Elliott has written more than 500 songs, produced music for Ciara, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston, and taken just three vacations in her entire lifetime. She has written gospel songs that seem ready to break all the stained glass in the chapel with their high notes and full harmonies, and she has written a song where she implores her "pussycat" not to fail her. In her "Sock It 2 Me" video, she became the black woman who promised a new generation, just like Uhura did in Star Trek, that not only would we survive the new millennium and be found in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, we would be there fighting aliens in Teflon spacesuits, cracking up with our girls, smacking our gum, and looking good while doing it.

"It felt strangely like an echo of the Bush era, where most of our foreign policy was determined by the economic interests of the defense industry. The sword dance kind of brought that back for me."

Speaking in Riyadh, Trump praises Muslims. Islamophobia, it seems, is only OK at home.
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An itinerary of Trump's first foreign tour, and what could backfire at each stop.
In the 18th century, reading in bed was thought immoral due to the danger of unsupervised candles—and thoughts.

Twin Peaks without people (or doppelgangers, for that matter).

Austin treasures its famous murals—except within historically black neighborhoods in developers' crosshairs.
Facebook's guidelines for content moderation, which allow threats of hate crimes, have baffling priorities.
With its algorithm change, Amazon platforms third-party booksellers who pay publishers and authors nothing.

In my lab we have found that 4-year-olds recognize that their own past beliefs might have been wrong. Mr. Trump contradicts himself without hesitation and doesn’t seem to recognize any conflict between his past and present beliefs.

Psychologist and children's learning expert Alison Gopnik says that comparing Trump to four-year-olds isn't fair to four-year-olds.
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For your casual weekend desk chair travel: a very speedy tour through Venice.

After 30 years of voguing, the dance's "mutual togetherness" wins new converts in Tallinn, Rotterdam, Berlin.
Will Trump condemn Saudi Arabia's censorship, random incarcerations, lack of basic freedoms for women? Hmm.

They want feelings, not facts, you know this by now.

There's a script, Porochista Khakpour reports, that editors want Iranian-Americans to adhere to.
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$1,250 to attend a conference on the future of content marketing—the conclusion of which is "it's all bullshit."

“Coke Habit” tells the true story of a 16-year-old who finds himself with a crippling addiction to… Coca-Cola.

See also: "What we do and don’t know about dietary science."

"There were new worlds here after all." A writer finds inspiration in construction, apple-picking, forestry.

If you know anything about tennis you maybe would have read a story like this 10, 15, certainly 20 years ago. Now there’s zero chance that you can read anything remotely critical.

Caitlin Thompson, publisher of the new tennis magazine Racquet, says the sport has a journalism problem, running on too many cozy relationships between media and player handlers.
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