Mexican and Canadian foreign ministers jointly address Americans to debunk myths about NAFTA.
A study finds that students who learn genetics first have a better understanding of evolution.
If you'll spend the next four years altered, mushrooms have the lowest medical intervention of recreational drugs.

To wind down your work day: a wordless botanical animation, Story of Flowers, a collaboration between florist Azuma Makoto, artist Katie Scott, and animator James Paulley.

Or, if you need something altogether more upbeat, try "Makin' Moves" by Kouhei Nakama.

A bill banning anonymous users from using online messenger apps has been submitted to the Russian parliament.
The genesis of America's biggest Indian grocery store chain—and why its continued success is guaranteed.
Just because: Some very pretty bee, botanical, and psychedelic drawings by illustrator Noel Badges Pugh.
Outrage in China after a Chinese student speaks out about ditching her masks for Maryland's "oddly luxurious" air.

If you are a shoemaker and you suddenly learn about many other famous shoemakers, then you have to think, "am I doing as well as that shoemaker or not?"

Author Maria Loh argues that Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, first published in 1550, originated the idea that people can be "facially famous."
↩︎ Five Books
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Playmate who body-shamed a nude woman at the gym is sentenced to 30 days of graffiti clean-up.

Norway's putting its money where its mouth is with a new 200-krone note featuring cod, aka "white gold" for the world's second-largest seafood exporter.

So a catchy music video—“Torsken kommer II: Torske kroner nå” (“The Cod Is Coming, Part II: Cod kroner now”)—made sense for promotion efforts.

British police quit sharing Manchester intel with the US after multiple leaks wind up in American media.
Some vivid interviews with people who've been struck—or, more accurately, "side-splashed"—by lightning.
Blind baseball announcer tries to create "a theatre of the mind" for listeners, stuffed with stats and analysis.
Democratic leaders urge patience on impeachment; having Trump in office is "the gift that keeps on giving."

You have to think that you're working for a movie company, and you're trying to translate a Western movie into Persian.

Siavash Ardalan, reporter and interpreter for BBC Persian, explains what makes Trump so difficult to translate live (e.g., so many synonymous terms).
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Known best as cocky Gilfoyle on Silicon Valley, Martin Starr's full of doubt as a space gardener in this radio play.
Economics without politics or history is just a parlor game, shows a new collection responses to Thomas Piketty.
Case of Colombian grad student facing jail for sharing an article on Scribd highlights zeal of U.S. copyright law.