If you can’t find an excuse to throw a party this weekend, you never will. Fajitas and margaritas for Cinco de Mayo. BBQ and mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby. Beers and cheers for boxing’s epic battle. Make it happen with the party plans and menus featured here.
And when you carve out a slice of quiet time for reading, see if Waze helped a speeder in a hot car elude the long arm of the law and get the lowdown on 29 great spots where foodies want to get lost, and see how wearable fitness trackers are changing health care as we know it.
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The Virtual Candidate
Elizabeth Warren may not be running for President, but she has made a career of learning how to get her way on policy. And, even as a fellow Democrat, she’s expected to put the pressure on Hillary Clinton over economic issues.
Fight of the Century: Inside the Deal
Two boxers, two SI covers: Mayweather and Pacquiao. And an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the six years of negotiations, low blows, and showboating that led to boxing’s richest bout.
The Waze: Catch Me if You Can
Can Waze, the world’s most popular cop-spotting app, enable an orange blur of a McLaren to streak across Florida undetected? We head to Alligator Alley to find out. Johnny Law, you’re going to have to work harder.
Time for a Conversation
Three generations of these social animals have been the subject of the longest-running underwater dolphin study in the world. Now, scientists are attempting to break the communication barrier between dolphins and humans.
Throw a Festive Party
Get Your Fiesta On
Cinco de Mayo is here. Fire up a Mexican BBQ with Chef Roberto Santibañez. Since nearly everything on this menu can be made ahead, it leaves you free to, you know, actually enjoy the party.
Viva Mexican Night
Why do restaurant fajitas taste so dang good? Here, your dish-by-dish guide to the slow-braised, salt-rimmed, lime-squeezed, mariachi-humming secrets to sizzling south-of-the-border flavor.
Get Down and Derby
Start strong out of the gate on Kentucky Derby Saturday: This fun party (great to throw for any of the Triple Crown races) will have everyone champing at the bit for race time.
Host Derby Day
Celebrate the South’s swankiest horse race with easy and elegant food, inexpensive decor, and (of course) hats. Includes recipes for grazing and the perfect mint julep.
A Beautiful Home
Like her art, Bobbie Burgers’ serene Vancouver home blossoms with exuberant splashes of intense colour. Includes 10 easy ways to integrate artwork into your decor.
Tar Heel Tech
Two West Coast transplants, priced out of San Francisco, build their dream home when they discover one of the nation’s largest inventories of architect-designed, midcentury modern homes in Raleigh.
Keeping It Real
Oh-so-pretty meets practical in this welcoming family cottage where California cool merges with East Coast chic. There’s no trying to mask daily life here. Skateboards are as welcome as the pretty stuff.
My Favorite Room of All Time
Seeing a really spectacular room can be a full-body experience. Here, twenty architects and interior designers on the New York residential space that has inspired them most over the years.
The Body Shop
At a lab in North Carolina, scientists are working furiously to create a future in which replacement human organs are grown on demand.
Is There an Autoimmune Epidemic?
Thousands of women are going from fit and healthy to sick and tired—seemingly overnight. What’s going on? Meet the doctors and patients trying to unravel the mystery.
Smart Guns: They're Ready, Are We?
The technology is available to limit the number of children who perish in gun accidents. That was the easy part. Includes bonus video on the business of smart guns.
Forget just staying in shape. Activity trackers, heart rate monitors, and other wearable fitness devices are about to change medicine and health care as we know it.
Movers & Shakers
The All-Seeing Eye
A father-son duo came from out of nowhere with a more clever idea to protect networks from hackers— and now have a $1.75 billion startup with $160 million in the bank.
Can Intel Solve Tech's Diversity Problem?
The inventor of the microprocessor wants to transform Silicon Valley once again with a $300 million pledge. That sounds great, but what will it really mean for minorities?
Making Their Mark
Meet this year’s 30 Under 30. These young founders are adding new tools to the old rules. And they’re inventive and bold enough to revamp the way we eat, sleep, and pay for it all.
Money, Changes, Everything
A year into his tenure at venture capital firm Y Combinator, Sam Altman, the whiz kid behind social networking app Loopt, is redefining his firm’s identity, making bigger and bolder bets on startups from across the spectrum.
Pack Your Bags
From exploring California’s islands to fishing in Alaska or racing across the Himalayas, here are eight trips that will test your limits, open your mind, and take you further than you’ve been before.
Will Fly for Food
If you’ve ever hopped a plane for a sandwich, snorkeled for your dinner, or boarded an overnight train just because you heard the dining car’s beef tenderloin is totally on point, this issue is for you. Here, 29 ways to get lost and fed.
The 2015 Hot List
The world’s best new hotels, and 15 reasons they’ll make you want to board a plane right now. Are you looking for remote and wild, over-the top luxury, or the best bargain? It’s all here.
2015 Brides Best Honeymoons
Data doesn’t lie. Brides teamed up with TripAdvisor to find the 45 most crazy-romantic escapes for two. The results span the globe, from the U.S. and Canada to the South Pacific.