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This Is How a Newspaper Dies

For a preview of the newspaper industry’s coming death, turn your gaze to Colorado, where the withering and emaciated Denver Post finds itself rolling in profits. The Post’s controlling owner, “vulture capitalist” Randall Smith, has become journalism’s No....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-05-21

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From top sprinter to homeless in London – what happened next to Jimmy Thoronka?

Three years ago, the Sierra Leone athlete was discovered living in a park. Then he moved in with the reporter who found him... I first met Jimmy Thoronka in a London park in March 2015. He had been homeless for around five months, and a stranger who knew my work as a reporter had suggested we meet....

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The Lesson of Eric Greitens, and the Navy SEALs Who Tried to Warn Us

The Missouri legislature is scheduled to begin a special session, on Friday, to discuss whether to impeach Eric Greitens, the state’s embattled governor....

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Boost Your Retirement Fund With These Minor Lifestyle Changes

Taking care of your health is an important part of your financial well-being—but you don’t need to make drastic changes to reap the benefits. Turns out, simply following your doctor’s orders more closely could lead to a healthier retirement fund....

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How Nike’s self-lacing shoe was created, in six questions

There’s a quick but memorable moment in the 1989 movie Back to the Future II where Marty McFly, an American teenager transported decades forward to 2015, encounters a futuristic pair of Nike hightop sneakers....

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‘Crush Them’: An Oral History of the Lawsuit That Upended Silicon Valley

Nineteen-ninety-eight changed the course of technology, which is to say that it changed the course of history. A nearly bankrupt relic of ’80s tech nostalgia released a gumdrop-shaped PC called the iMac....

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The borrowers: why Finland's cities are havens for library lovers

“A library card was the first thing that was mine, that I had ever owned,” says Nasima Razmyar. The daughter of a former Afghan diplomat, Razmyar arrived in Finland with her family in 1992 as a refugee fleeing political unrest....

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Mike Trout is on pace for the greatest season in MLB history

The greatest season in major league history, according to Baseball-Reference.com's wins above replacement, was Babe Ruth's 1923. That's probably not the Babe Ruth season you're thinking of: not the one in which he became a two-way star (8.0 WAR) or the one in which he outhomered 10 teams (9....

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The rise of Donald Glover: how he captured America

Try, if you can, to watch This Is America, the new music video from Childish Gambino, while keeping your eyes off the man in the camera’s gaze. It’s not easy. You may have to watch it twice, maybe three times, probably more....

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The Surprising Benefit Of Moving And Grooving With Your Kid

People who spend time with young children know firsthand the power of music. It's easy entertainment....

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The True History of 'Yanny' and 'Laurel'

If you somehow haven't already over the last few days, listen to this audio recording right now. What do you hear? Is the person saying "Yanny" or "Laurel"? If you heard the second answer, you're technically correct....

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The Amish understand a life-changing truth about technology the rest of us don’t

The Amish have negotiated a pact with modernity. Whereas much of the contemporary world sees technological progress as inevitable, even a moral imperative, the Amish ideal lives in the past, circa 1850. It’s not that the Amish view technology as inherently evil....

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Why I Still Fast During Ramadan

In Los Angeles, the man driving the car I am sitting in the backseat of wants to tell me how much he likes my name. I nod. It’s a powerful name, he tells me. A friend of his son has the name. He asks me if I am Muslim, and then asks me if I know what my name means....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-05-21

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How Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research

At first blush, the studies look reasonable enough. Low-intensity stretching seems to reduce muscle soreness. Beta-alanine supplements may boost performance in water polo players. Isokinetic strength training could improve swing kinematics in golfers....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-05-21

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Scientists declare octopi life from another world

Evidence of the octopus evolution show it would have happened too quickly to have begun here on Earth. Published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology Journal, 33 scientists have declared the invertebrate sea-dweller an alien whose eggs landed from space....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-05-20

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How Social Media Exploits Our Moral Emotions

A few years ago, Justine Sacco, then the senior director of corporate communications at the holding company InterActiveCorp, tweeted about the nuisances of air-travel during a long, multi-leg journey from New York to South Africa....

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Hawaii's Kilauea: Volcano's dramatic images explained

In early May, one of Hawaii's active volcanoes - which helped create the islands - erupted. Volcanic gases have been erupting from fissures ever since, producing dramatic photographs and video. Two weeks later, it is still erupting....

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Charlie Munger uses this simple productivity hack — and anyone can do it

Charlie Munger has been working alongside Warren Buffett for almost 60 years. Together, the business partners, billionaires and friends transformed Berkshire Hathaway from a once failing textile manufacturer into a $490 billion conglomerate....

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Employers are monitoring computers, toilet breaks – even emotions. Is your boss watching you?

From microchip implants to wristband trackers and sensors that can detect fatigue and depression, new technology is enabling employers to watch staff in more and more intrusive ways. How worried should we be? Last year an American company microchipped dozens of its workers....

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Handing Out Dundies on the Five-Year Anniversary of ‘The Office’ Series Finale

The second season of The Office begins with an iconic episode known as “The Dundies,” a 21-minute play on an awards show (that takes place at a Chili’s) full of jokes that riff on the idiosyncrasies, talents, and racist stereotypes that characterize the people we’ve gotten to kn...

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The Power of Listening in Helping People Change

Giving performance feedback is one of the most common ways managers help their subordinates learn and improve....

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Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

Sam Harris, one of the original members of the group dubbed the “New Atheists” (by Wired!) 12 years ago, says he doesn’t like tribalism. During his recent, much-discussed debate with Vox founder Ezra Klein about race and IQ, Harris declared that tribalism “is a problem we must outgrow.”...

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Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?

From passive-aggressive notes on ambulance windscreens to bilious political discourse, it feels as though society is suddenly consumed by fury. What is to blame for this outpouring of aggression? A neighbour objected to a young couple from Newcastle being naked in their own home....

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One Test Could Exonerate Him. Why Won't California Do It?

The first sign that something was wrong was a continuous busy signal on the home phone of Doug and Peggy Ryen. Bill Hughes, who lived nearby, wasn’t initially concerned. His 11-year-old son, Chris, had slept over at the Ryens’ and he thought maybe they had all gone out for breakfast....

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This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz....

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The high-stakes race to stop the trafficking of priceless artefacts

In December 2016, David Hidalgo received a photograph of a 17th-century Peruvian painting. The unsigned artwork, of the Virgen de Guadalupe, depicts the Virgin Mary surrounded by apparitions and tells the story of her appearance to Saint Juan Diego near Mexico City in 1531....

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Forty Years with Britain's Royals

Arthur Edwards has spent over 40 years photographing the royal family for Britain's Sun newspaper. In an interview, he talks about his experiences and Prince Harry's wedding this weekend. Arthur Edwards, 77, has been photographing Britain's royal family for more than 40 years....

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The myth of ‘mad’ genius

Is creativity inherently related to mood disorders? It’s a common belief today that there exists some intimate relationship between the two....

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Lionel Messi is the quietest superstar

A version of this story appears in ESPN The Magazine's June 8 World Fame issue. Subscribe today! It is easy to find the most private superstar in the world....

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Heavy lies the East crown, a burden Boston has yet to weigh

BOSTON -- Tuesday was a fascinating day for the Boston Celtics franchise, an ode to the value of smart management, calculated risk-taking and stability....

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8 Books Every Manager Should Read to Become a Better Leader

It is okay to admit that managing other people is challenging. It requires monitoring multiple emotional energies, personalities and preferences while also caring about yourself. Even people with years of training and experience struggle....

getpocket.com . ENGLISH . 2018-05-20