Photographs of balloons on the verge of popping.
"Retail arbitrage" is the oddly lucrative practice of buying goods from box stores and then reselling them on Amazon.
A record 1,500 individual private flights are expected to fly in and out of the Davos climate talks.
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Picturing the marginalized lives of Hong Kong’s queer community, by photographer Ka-Man Tse.
Pioneers of human-android romance now have a name, “digisexuals,” which may constitute a new sexual identity.
Official photos of the president are retouched occasionally for social media to make his face thinner, his fingers longer.
Experiments in printing cardiac tissue will start this year on the International Space Station.
Japan's Prime Minister wants 40% of payments to be cashless by 2025. A big experiment in blockchain is about to begin.
NASA's Insight lander continues in "a long tradition" of robotic spacecraft on Mars taking selfies.
Photographs from the 2019 Dakar Rally, a 10-day, 3,000-mile race held this year in Peru.
Is this the world's longest uninterrupted walk? How to get from Cape Town, South Africa to Magadan, Russia (13,910 miles).
The phrase "my partner" is eight times more popular today than it was 15 years ago.

I know few women who haven’t suffered from one form or another of chronic illness and pain, mental illness, painful periods or sex, body dysmorphia, or infertility. 

“Women’s bodies so often feel unknown even to those who inhabit them.” An appreciation for the new podcast Bodies.

↩︎ The New York Review of Books
Between the rise of fast fashion and the "Marie Kondo Effect," thrift stores are being overwhelmed by donations.
"That's what scares me. I hope it scares everyone else." A new threat facing football: an evaporating insurance market.

How do receivers make such jaw-dropping catches? By wearing gloves that are 20 percent stickier than the human hand.

According to Sanat Kumar, a professor of chemical engineering at Columbia University and a specialist in polymers, the sticky property exhibited in a viscoelastic medium arises because the material acts as both a solid and a liquid. “It is macroscopically a solid,” Kumar explained of the silicone. “But at shorter, microscopic lengths, it is liquidlike.”

A roundtable of advice columnists talks about which questions linger after they've been answered.

The problem isn’t that Harris was an especially bad prosecutor. She made positive contributions as well—encouraging education and reentry programs for ex-offenders, for instance. The problem, more precisely, is that she was ever a prosecutor at all.

A tempered examination of Kamala Harris’s background, and whether Dems really need to be “tough on crime” to win.

↩︎ The Intercept