Is it just us, or was this week extra busy?
We welcomed House & Home and rounded up four stories on beautiful, inspired living.
We introduced keyword Search and Top Stories in Favorites for iOS devices, making it easier than ever to find the stories you want right when you want them. (If you haven’t yet, install the latest update).
And finally, guest curator Neil Binkley, a designer and photography consultant, shared some stellar insights on photojournalism, cover design, and magazine advertising.
Here’s to a weekend full of reading and relaxation.
Next Issue Picks
"Man, They Just Don't Know Who I Am"
For six seasons, Ray Rice was among the best running backs in football. And then came that infamous video and probably the swiftest fall from grace for an American athlete since Michael Vick. Here, Rice’s redemption campaign.
Dawn of the Sexbots
Lifelike RealDolls have revolutionized the sex-toy industry, attracting a new class of customer and satisfying a growing range of desires. Now, a new challenge: How (or whether) to take the technological wizardry to the next level.
'A Rape on Campus': What Went Wrong?
First came the horrifyingly vivid report. Then came the other horrifying revelation that it had all been based on an unreliable source. Here, Columbia University’s analysis of a journalistic failure, conducted at Rolling Stone’s request.
City Living New and Improved
Communes, cohousing, and just plain close quarters. For many, it’s more about community and connectedness than thriftiness and sacrifice. Meet homeowners who are living (and loving) this urban trend.
Reader Picks: The Nonstop Photo Festival
Queen of the Court
Vogue consistently has some of the most classic fashion photography out there. It’s great that they continue to hire the inimitable Annie Leibovitz, who photographed tennis star Serena Williams for the cover story.
LightBox: The 5 Best Pictures of the Week
Testing Preparedness: This is a wild shot of an annual exercise between U.S. and South Korean forces to prepare for any problems with North Korea. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je.
Viewpoint: First Look
This stunning building under construction is LA’s new contemporary arts museum, simply called “Broad.” Those honeycomb-like holes are for “channeling indirect natural light to the interiors.” Photo by Iwan Baan.
Alpha: What's Inside Jell-O Dessert
I was flipping through WIRED and this shot caught my eye. Some rare mineral? Broken glass? No: Jell-O. Apparently it’s mostly made of cowhide and sugar. Eww. Photo by Adam Voorhes.
Home Sweet Home
Fashion designer Rebecca Taylor’s Brooklyn brownstone is as carefree and romantic as her feminine fashions. See how she brings her unique style home.
Secrets From an American Picker
Mike Wolfe, co-host of the History channel’s American Pickers, shares his tricks for scoring good finds and working them into your decor.
Mr. & Mrs. Vintage
Obsessed with mid-century-modern design, this couple found fresh ways to work it into every corner of their Arizona home. Nearly everything in the house is older than they are.
The Buddy System
When a lifelong collector begins to feel overwhelmed in his New York apartment, he turns to a long-lost high school friend to transform the space into an orderly world of wonders.
The 2015 Invention Awards
Celebrate the 10 greatest inventions of the year, from needle-free vaccines to a flying car. These ingenious creations started out as scrappy ideas.
The future of gaming is more varied—and interesting—than just virtual reality. Diverse, forward-thinking hardware means 2015 could be an exciting, innovative year in gaming.
Master Keyboard Shortcuts
There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts for just about anything you can do with a mouse. Smart key combos make for a faster, more efficient workflow. Here’s a list of favorites for Mac users.
The One Lens I Can't Live Without
Josh Miller considers the wide-angle zoom his “desert island” lens. Here, he gives us a lesson on how to use it to its full potential—gorgeous landscape photos!
In Good Health
This is What a Perfect Breakfast Looks Like...
Breakfast has a reputation as the most important meal of the day. Do questions of what, when, and why to eat it have you feeling scrambled? Here’s an end to the confusion so you can start every day sunny-side up.
21-Day Flat-Belly Plan
Finally, Yoga that builds lean muscle and makes the fat melt away. This just-right blend of sculpting and calorie-torching poses gives you the slim, defined physique you want and the strong, clear mind you need.
Operation Good Health
Do adults need vaccines? What kind of music boosts memory? Here’s the latest research and expert advice for improving your health, from your head and shoulders to your knees and toes.
America's Best, Freshest Supermarkets
Today, shoppers want high-quality fruits, vegetables, and store-made meals. Consumer Reports found the stores that provide them, and those that fail. See how your grocer stacks up.
Throw a Killer Party
Welcome the season with bright and fresh menus for casual entertaining. From a colorful brunch to family-style dinner, your party plans are covered.
Throw a #TBT Party
Plan a potluck inspired by the Internet’s hottest hashtag, Throwback Thursday. Rach and her celeb chef friends show you how.
All Decked Out
Screen panels and a flagstone patio turn a basic backyard into an outdoor retreat perfect for hosting your next BBQ—with all the comforts and style found indoors.
The Pitmaster's Guide to Brisket
A step-by-step primer to making and serving the ultimate smoked brisket at your next backyard party.