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For decades, the Borscht Belt was the go-to vacation spot for many New York Jewish families.
The “blue screen of death” is taking on a whole new meaning.
Richard Magarey has facial hair, pigtails, a closetful of schoolgirl outfits and an endless supply of energy. In Tokyo, he became the world’s unlikeliest death metal superstar.
HelloFresh blew past 100 competitors to become the No. 1 meal-kit company on the planet. The German startup is winning—but not by playing nice.
The new tax law adds wrinkles for homeowners deciding whether or not to retire without a mortgage.
What’s changed isn’t marriage, but the types of people who are likeliest to get married.
Children naturally want to help at a very early age—but many families wait to conscript them until that desire has faded.
Smart Design’s Davin Stowell shares the origin story of the OXO Swivel, one of the great icons of 20th-century industrial design.
“Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.”
Why even behavioral scientists say listening is so important.
A glimpse inside the beautiful, heartbreaking, unclassifiable relationship that fomented some of the greatest, most original and paradigm-shifting poetry.
Make sure you gather financial documents that you’ll need if you must evacuate in the event of a natural disaster or your home is damaged.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
Lifelong lessons no kid should ever have to learn.
Does the sound of your own voice make you want to cover your ears? You are not alone.
“Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.”
Our time on this planet is limited. Most of us realize that sooner or later. And yet, we keep on squandering our time and running around in circles. Why is it that we waste so much of our time? Most people think that we, humans, don’t understand the value of time.
Can you carry on exercising when your motivation slips, the weather gets worse or your schedule becomes overwhelming? Experts and Guardian readers give their best advice.
How plastic is the brain?
The story you decide to tell matters just as much as how you decide to tell it.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
After years of searching for a diagnosis and wondering if it was all in my head, tracking paranormal activity felt eerily familiar.
The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.
Organizing tasks on paper is a tried and true method for getting things done. Here are some types of to-do lists that may be right for you.
A growing number of self-proclaimed experts promise they can teach anyone how to make a passive income selling cheap Chinese goods in the Internet's largest store. Not everyone’s getting rich quick.
Enterprises are struggling because they are using yesterday’s paradigms to solve today’s problems. Let’s fix that.
A poll finds that far from being more moderate than urban or rural voters, suburbanites are actually more partisan.
In the Martian landscape that is the Atacama desert, astrobiologists are learning how to recognize extraterrestrial organisms.
While new theories and experiments emerge all the time, nothing new seems to be coming from them.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years of bringing my students to Ireland – my homeland – is that they pay rapt attention to the little things.
An analysis of dental plaque illuminates the forgotten history of female scribes.
Hazel Scott was a piano prodigy who wowed the worlds of music, TV and film. But when she stood up for her rights, the establishment took her down.
Notes from a month-long hydration quest.
She was responsible for the most popular cookbook of the 19th century—as well as the first-ever recipe for chocolate cake.
A trip to Martinique for the island’s unique rhum agricole with importer Ed Hamilton.
Feeling like you’re a suspect isn’t the greatest way to end a shopping trip. But it’s actually not you they’re after.
Training yourself how to put the news into perspective – practising ‘factfulness’ – will change your outlook for the better.
The first dodecahedron was discovered 300 years ago and there are still many unanswered questions.
Keep these tips on hand the next time you’re interviewing for a new job or angling for a raise.
E-cigarette startup Juul Labs is valued at more than $16 billion. It’s also hooking teens on nicotine and drawing scrutiny from the FDA. Can the company innovate its way out of a crisis it helped create?
One of the most brilliant minds of the Harvard class of ’35, Reed Edwin Peggram met his soulmate on the eve of World War II and risked everything to stay by his side.
Dictators and assassins are using banned nerve agents again.
“Think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”
We are all trained to be passive thinkers and doers, but it can really hold you back.
Many families are discovering that a 20-year term for a life insurance policy isn’t enough.
The reason I study productivity is because I’m an unproductive person. I truly am. If it wasn’t for my productivity system, I wouldn’t get anything done. I wouldn’t even write this article. But if you browse social media, all you see is super productive, healthy, and wealthy people.
The Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapons during World War II, worked out of three purpose-built cities in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington state. An exhibition considers their design and legacy.
There are things we all do, or don't do, that lead us to waste far more time than we realize in the moment.
It’s more challenging than it first appears.
Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same.
Alex Honnold doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us.
Hello there, friend. What’s that I hear? You’re pissed off at someone? Someone is pissed off at you? You have a fight in your life and you don’t know what to do? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Stop trying to balance work and life, and don’t give things up. There are other ways to be successful.
Long before mobile phones or even photography, diaries were kept as a way to understand oneself and the world one inhabits.
Growing inequality in the United States shows that the game is rigged.
If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think.
It’s simple: If you want to live an exceptional life, you can’t behave like everyone else.
After reporting on personal finance, I used behavioral economics on myself.
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out.
It only takes a few ingredients and about an hour of your time, yet it’s one the most famous Italian recipes.
You can do more for your health. And it’s not that hard.
Sure, getting better at something takes practice. But what does practice involve and how do we truly develop expertise?
The explosive growth of their AI voice assistants has Google, Apple, and Amazon racing to put your entire smartphone in an earpiece.
The years since 2008 have seen a global crackdown on offshore finance. Yet a few places have doubled down on offering secrecy to the super-rich. Among these, one tiny Caribbean island might be the worst offender.
Unpacking the counterintuitive psychology behind conflict resolution.
How a dirt-court meetup in Central Park grew to become a vital lifeline during the AIDS crisis and a surrogate family for LGBTQ people to this day.
And other things you should remember when you meet a plus-size hiker on the trail.
From myths to literature to giant squid, here’s how some of our favorite eerie creatures and legends got their start.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is that we assume we always learn from our mistakes. I’ve met enough people who learned little from their own stupidity. We all know these people. In fact, we probably are these people. You know why? It’s damned hard to learn from your mistakes.
You don’t have to sign up for full Medicare coverage at age 65 if you’re still covered under an employer’s plan. But you’ll need to watch enrollment deadlines.
Searching for a job is quite stressful. But there are several things you can do to keep your distress in check.
There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that’s winning big.
The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life.
A guide to getting off the couch, no matter how much you might resist it.
The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands.’
The best financial adviser for you should work to serve your unique needs.
More women than ever are undergoing fertility treatment on their own. Yet the process is designed almost exclusively for couples. Smart Design’s Stephanie Yung explores a better way in this three-part series called Project Junior.
Spurred perhaps by social media, more people are classified as perfectionists. What are the costs and how can you break the paralysis that’s killing your productivity?
Building relationships at work takes time and patience, but it’s crucial to your career. And you shouldn’t limit efforts to just your peers, either.
The best career advice you can get: Do something you are good at.
Your diet soda might just be worse than a regular one.
At age 24, buying a dog was irresponsible, and the best decision I've ever made.
When a widow and three children are found dead after a suspicious fire, an investigation ensues that uncovers one of the victims’ monstrous past.
How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers.
Walt Whitman and the discipline of creative self-esteem.
In a change that has been as seismic for McDonald’s as the drive-through window, the chain has reintroduced its signature burger with fresh—never frozen—beef. And that’s just the start.
UrbanFootprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.
Culture fit isn’t just a fluffy goal. Having friends at work is important for your productivity and happiness.
But you should probably be more worried about not getting enough.
Picking the right Social Security claiming strategy can help married couples ensure that each spouse receives the biggest benefits check possible.
Balancing work and life is no easy task. Maybe it’s time to tilt the scale a little bit on the life side.
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
“Every classmate who became a teacher or doctor seemed happy,” and 29 other lessons from seeing my Harvard class of 1988 all grown up.
I was arrested at an anti-war protest, jumped bail and went on the run. That’s when my story really began.
When the hunting of a profitable bird is outlawed, enforcing the law means dealing with armed and angry lawbreakers.
The cold blue light of modern touchscreens may be aesthetically pleasing, but it poses health problems. Designers and technologists should take cues from military history and embrace the orange.
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?