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The Playboy Serbian Spy Who Inspired James Bond

The Playboy Serbian Spy Who Inspired James Bond

History, Videos

His name was Popov. Dusko Popov. As a Serbian double agent during the Second World War, Popov was an expert gambler, known womaniser and even crossed paths with James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming. But was he really the inspiration behind 007?

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

Active people tend to overthink what food is doing for their body—Is keto good for endurance? What’s the perfect post-training macro spread? Butter or no butter in my coffee?—but underthink what it’s doing for their mind. Yet you’ve probably noticed that what you eat impacts what’s going on upstairs.

The Real-Life Hollywood Hoax That Turned A Fake Bradley Cooper Epic Into A $14 Million Scam

The Real-Life Hollywood Hoax That Turned A Fake Bradley Cooper Epic Into A $14 Million Scam

Crime, Media

Adam Joiner’s silver-screen dreams were finally coming true. He had a deal with Netflix, a superstar lead, a ‘Transformers’ superproducer and, amazingly, interest from Spielberg. He easily landed a major investment from Korean and Chinese money men. There was only one problem: His entire story was a lie.

Germany’s Tiny Geographic Oddity

Germany’s Tiny Geographic Oddity

World

Surrounded by Switzerland, but owned by Germany, the tiny enclave of Büsingen am Hochrhein has managed a binational existence for centuries. The village’s eastern border lies a mere 700m from the rest of the Federal Republic of Germany.

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

Explainers, Long Reads, Media, Tech

It took me years to really understand where all the information I saw online was coming from. So this isn’t just a guide to spotting when something is fake. It’s a system for slowing down and thinking about information — whether that information is true, false, or something in between.

We Bought A €1 House In Italy. Here's What Happened Next.

We Bought A €1 House In Italy. Here's What Happened Next.

World

A new house — and potentially a whole new life — for sale in sunkissed rural Italy for the princely sum of just one euro, or little over a dollar. Over the past year or so, numerous small towns from Sicily in the south to the northern Alps have been offering such bargains in the hope of attracting new residents to revitalize dying communities.

Online Streaming: Television’s Looming Car Crash

Online Streaming: Television’s Looming Car Crash

Business, Media

As the distribution model for entertainment is remade, a revolutionary ardour has seized the industry: the choice is to win the streaming battle against the likes of Netflix, or face commercial oblivion. The immediate result has been clear: more television than ever before. There were 496 scripted TV shows made in the US last year, more than double the 216 series released in 2010.

The Remote 'Democratic' Oasis Of Soviet Russia

The Remote 'Democratic' Oasis Of Soviet Russia

History, Politics, Videos, World

The academic town of Akademgorodok in Siberia was created by Russian mathematician Mikhaïl Alekseïevitch Lavrentiev, who wanted to install a safe haven for scientists in the middle of Siberia. Such isolation from Moscow created a fertile scientific and cultural nest away from the influence of the State and its politics.

Under The Weather

Under The Weather

Health, Long Reads, Nature

As psychiatrists and philosophers begin to define a pervasive mental health crisis triggered by climate change, they ask who is really sick: the individual or society?

Franck Bohbot

Inspiration
Franck Bohbot
How To Digitize Handwritten Notes

How To Digitize Handwritten Notes

Apps, Explainers, Tech

A number of smart devices offer to digitize your scribblings, either as you write or shortly afterward. In addition to storing images of your notebook pages in electronic form, some of these hardware and software packages actually convert your writings into searchable text.

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Who Killed Two Journalists In Ukraine? And Why?

Crime, Long Reads, World

An investigation and trial has answered some of the questions about what happened to Andrei Mironov and the Italian photographer he was accompanying. Yet so much remains uncertain. Theirs is a story of the murky nature of facts in a war zone. It’s a story of elusive moral clarity in a land where death comes from who knows where.

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent To ‘Boss Lady Status’

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent To ‘Boss Lady Status’

Apps, Business, Long Reads

For New Orleans entrepreneur Jesseca Dupart, social media isn’t just a tool for building her business—it’s a platform for inspiring other black women to do the same. She started as a simple hair salon in 2012, now her beauty products are available in stores in every state, as well as Canada, the Caribbean, and the UK.

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

Life, Psychology, Science

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation. They are formed by pattern recognition between some current emotionally valued experience matching the condensed representation of similarly toned memories.

How Boeing Crashed: The Inside Story Of The 737 Max

How Boeing Crashed: The Inside Story Of The 737 Max

Business, Videos

Boeing used to represent the gold standard in aircraft safety, but critics say it has lost its way in the pursuit of profit. We tell the story of two fatal crashes involving the 737 Max 8 jet: the Ethiopian Airlines crash last March that killed 157 people and the Lion Air disaster in October 2018 that killed all 189 on board.

"Bloom", A Darkly Comedic Look Into The Bad Side Of Relationships

"Bloom", A Darkly Comedic Look Into The Bad Side Of Relationships

Videos

Andrew comes home from a trip, finds a rose petal in his bed and becomes immediately convinced that his girlfriend is cheating on him. The confrontation that ensues ranges from blackly comic to something decidedly darker as words escalate into distinctly visceral consequences.

Austin Rossborough

Inspiration
Austin Rossborough
To The Driver Who Hit Me And Ran

To The Driver Who Hit Me And Ran

Life

I was biking home when you barreled into me with your car and left me to die. And I would have died if Tim Gillach, a cyclist and insurance salesman from Colorado’s Front Range, hadn’t caught a fleeting glimpse of my face as he drove past.

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

Science, World

For decades, Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility has represented the eye of a conspiratorial hurricane that swirls around “evidence” that aliens exist and are hiding behind its walls. Books, TV shows, and even massive online “raids” have tried to glimpse beyond its stark signs warning against trespassers.

"Miller & Son", Award-Winning LGBTQ Short Film

"Miller & Son", Award-Winning LGBTQ Short Film

Videos

A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night until an unforeseen event threatens the balance of her compartmentalized life.

How Emotional Intelligence Boosts Your Endurance

How Emotional Intelligence Boosts Your Endurance

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

People who test highly on emotional intelligence tend to be successful in many walks of life. What’s less clear is if testing someone’s emotional intelligence tells you something new about their prospects that you wouldn’t get from testing more traditional things like their IQ and “Big Five” personality traits.

Arctic: New Frontier

Arctic: New Frontier

Photos, World

Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen travelled through 15,000km of the Arctic Circle, investigating the startling effects of climate change on the land and its indigenous communities. If temperatures continue to rise, scientists expect that the North Pole will be ice-free in summer by 2040.

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions

Business, Explainers, Life, Psychology

It’s good to sleep on it when there are tough choices to make, but you also need a strategy once you wake up–which is why you should employ the 10/10/10 rule. How will we feel about it 10 minutes from now? How about 10 months from now? How about 10 years from now?

How North Korean Hackers Rob Banks Around the World

How North Korean Hackers Rob Banks Around the World

Crime, Long Reads

North Korean hackers have carried out a systematic effort to target financial institutions all over the world. They scored $80 million by tricking a network into routing funds to Sri Lanka and the Philippines and then using a “money mule” to pick up the cash.

Nina Dodd

Inspiration
Nina Dodd
The Soviets’ Unbreakable Code

The Soviets’ Unbreakable Code

History, Tech

Created at the end of World War II and introduced in 1956, the Fialka replaced the Albatross, a Soviet cipher machine that was itself more complex than the Enigma. By the 1970s, Fialka encryption machines had been widely adopted by Warsaw Pact and other communist nations, and they remained in use until the early 1990s.

The Doomsday Invention: Will Artificial Intelligence Bring Us Utopia Or Destruction?

The Doomsday Invention: Will Artificial Intelligence Bring Us Utopia Or Destruction?

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Philosopher Nick Bostrom argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction.

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

The Gambler Who Cracked The Horse-Racing Code

Long Reads, Tech

Bill Benter did the impossible: He wrote an algorithm that couldn’t lose at the track. Close to a billion dollars later, he tells his story for the first time. “I find the real business world to be a lot more difficult than horse racing.”

"Free Will", A Ski Film From Revelstoke, British Colombia

"Free Will", A Ski Film From Revelstoke, British Colombia

Videos

Imaginary Revelstoke’s mountain raven follows the journey of several Czech and Canadian skiers who found more space and inspiration in the mountains of British Columbia. They experienced snow so deep as never before, made new friends and fell in love with a different, more fulfilling type of skiing.

How Iran Threw The World's Greatest Party In A Desert

How Iran Threw The World's Greatest Party In A Desert

History, Videos

In 1971, Iran threw an extravagant and exclusive party to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian empire. The party had a grandeur never seen before in the world’s recorded history. It proved to be a stepping stone for the rise of the Iranian revolution and the fall of the Iranian Monarchy that changed the country forever.

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