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May 10, 2013
Tornadoes in America: The Oklahoma Disaster in Context
A backgrounder for understanding the storm that hit Moore, Oklahoma
Facebook, One Year Later: What Really Happened in the Biggest IPO Flop Ever
After Facebook's disastrous debut, the preferred clients of big banks walked away with huge profits. How?
Life Lessons in Fighting the Culture of Bullshit
What politics taught me that current graduates need to know.
Life as One of the Most Persecuted Ethnic Groups on the Planet
You are a Hazara, and you've been on the run for centuries. Now you're in Syria, and things aren't looking up.
Masturbation Is at the Root of the Culture Wars
"Tell me how you really feel about masturbation, and I can more or less predict how you'll feel about the more frequently debated 'sex war' issues."
Remember When Actors Wanted to Be Versatile? Benedict Cumberbatch Does
Star Trek Into Darkness
villain has a beloved, lesser-known side project: a radio sitcom in which he's--surprise!--magnificently funny.
The K-Pop Plastic Surgery Obsession
Inspired by pop stars and encouraged by a culture that equates success with physical beauty, 20 percent of Korean women have had some kind of cosmetic surgery.
Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies
A Q&A with a geneticist
Ladies: Beware 'Phoenix Men'
A survey of single women in China reveals a growing fear of men with too many family obligations.
In Focus: Finland in World War II
Last month the Finnish Defence Forces put an archive of 160,000 WWII-era photographs online.
Video: How Do Tornadoes Form?
Storm-chaser Tim Samaras explains.
Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
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The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men
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The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World
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Jerry Brown's Political Reboot
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