Today, the Facebook founder and crowned social network king turns 32. He told Fast Company that in 2009 his own personal goal was to wear a tie everyday. In the next decade, he has plans for virtual reality, drones, and other, much more ambitious, milestones.
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It was supposed to be one of the greatest achievements in the history of the United States space program. In an instant, it became an American tragedy.
As Fox broadcasts a live-event version, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and other cast members take Vanity Fair behind the scenes of Grease.
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In Concussion, Will Smith shines a light on football’s darkest corner and the future of America’s game.
Ready to wander in Portugal? Recharge in Tasmania? Road trip through the Southwest? This year, don’t let any vacation time go to waste.
A new heroin scourge has risen out of the ruins of the 2000s opioid craze…. It’s no longer confined to the seedy alleyways of the nation’s big cities.
In the social media age, is our body image better than it used to be? The answer is more complicated than you may think.
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On the tech front, we obsessed about virtual reality, immortality, round-trips to Mars and dating at the swipe of a finger.
We witnessed some of the greatest moments in sports history, from American Pharoah’s triumph to Ronda Rousey’s candor in the face of a surprising defeat.
In entertainment, we shared in the excitement over the return of Adele, the continued ascension of Taylor Swift, and the total galactic takeover of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Here’s a look back at some of 2015’s most fascinating people and events.
Best of Tech 2015
One of his companies is trying to upend the auto industry. Another is trying to put people on Mars, and yet another is trying to bring electricity to everyone who needs it. Elon Musk wants to reinvent the world in a single lifetime. But is the future ready for Elon Musk?
Phones have become an all-day, every-day handheld singles club. But is Tinder killing romance? A debrief of twentysomethings who swipe reveals the downside of dating apps.
As Facebook has grown, so too have CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ambitions. An inside look at how his vision for virtual reality, AI and drones will cement his dominance for the next decade.
“If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500? The answer is yes,” says Bill Maris, president of Google Ventures. And with $425 million to invest, he’s looking for companies that will slow aging, reverse disease and extend life.
The Year in Sports
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In Ronda Rousey’s emotional first interview since her knockout loss to Holly Holm, she is sad, angry and determined. “I need to come back. I need to beat this chick.”
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Ray Rice was among the best running backs in football. And then came that infamous elevator video and a swift fall from grace. Here, his redemption campaign.
His breathtaking victory at Belmont gave racing its first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, and American Pharoah made it look easy. His win was even sweeter than we hoped.
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These athletes exhibit form and function at its furthest limits, but they also make themselves vulnerable. In this year’s lineup: Brittney Griner, Bryce Harper, The Colts’ O-linemen and more.
Having a Moment
At 25, she’s an Oscar winner and Hollywood’s most bankable actress. Now, as she bids farewell to Katniss and hello to her most adult role yet, Jennifer Lawrence is done playing games.
It’s been a decade since the last Star Wars installment. Episode VII director J.J. Abrams reveals the challenges and pleasures of taking over that “galaxy far, far away.”
As the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland makes history, beautifully.
After the Supreme Court settled the issue of gay marriage, David Moore and David Ermold applied for a marriage license in Kentucky. When they were denied, they fought back.
The Cover Wars: Adele vs. Taylor
Weren’t we told they don’t make pop stars this big anymore? Nobody bothered to tell Taylor Swift. GQ interrogates the most popular human alive.
She’s been described as a “national treasure” and a “unicorn.” Her new album has hit historic sales numbers. But, says the humble artist, “You’re only as good as your next record.”
Dazzling, self-assured and ferociously talented, Taylor Swift is the world’s most relevant and intriguing woman. Now what will she do for an encore?
With a record-setting 50 million YouTube views for her single “Hello,” Adele is back. Rolling Stone chronicles her triumphant post-heartbreak return.
“I’m so far from where I started that I feel like I’ve already made it.” -Jean Brownhill Lauer, founder of Sweeten
For a little Monday motivation, read about three women who struggled to pay the bills before working their way into hugely successful careers. Jean Brownhill Lauer grew up poor, down the street from crack houses. Elle Kaplan came to New York City with $200 and a simple goal: to help women take charge of their own money management. Kat Cole started out as a Hooters hostess…while working two other jobs. Learn where these trailblazers are today—and how they did it—in Marie Claire‘s “I went from flat broke to millionaire.”
What’s that screeching sound? (Covers ears.) Oh that? That’s just the sound of a million young girls reacting to this morning’s announcement that Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are going on tour together! Tickets to the Forever Now tour go on sale November 7. Until then, content yourself with reading about the unstoppable, unfathomably awesome Demi in the September issue of Cosmopolitan.
Bonnie Ross is the executive behind the guns-a-blazin’ action and elaborate world-building of video game Halo 5: Guardians, which comes out tomorrow. Most of us don’t think of the words “women” and “gaming” in the same sentence, but Ross has been running the Halo show since 2007. Read more about her path to the top job—and the pressure on Halo 5 to save the Xbox—in Bloomberg Businessweek.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s important to remember that breast health means many things. Health magazine explores the trend of women getting an “(un)boob job”—having their breast implants removed. Some women have an “explant” because their feelings about their appearance have changed; others do it to avoid costly surgeries down the line. Many choose to undergo the procedure because, as they age, they become concerned that their implants will prevent a mammogram from spotting trouble. Find their stories in the November issue.
The Salem witch trials have been investigated, reported on and fictionalized in every possible medium, but not much is known about how the whole mess started. Renowned author Stacy Schiff explores the Satanic tipping point—and the little-discussed but crucial role of an Indian slave named Tituba—in the November issue of Smithsonian. How did Tituba come to play such a major part in the crisis? And why, over the years, has her identity shifted “from Indian to half-Indian to half-black to black” to, finally, a “Negro slave”?
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“Bales got out of bed and dressed. He put on a green T-shirt; camo pants, boots, and gloves; and a combat helmet equipped with night-vision goggles. He loaded up with his Heckler & Koch nine-millimeter pistol and his M4 rifle.” -Brendan Vaughan, in GQ
In 2012, U.S. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales murdered 16 Afghan citizens, including several children, in their homes. His horrid crime has been called the worst American wartime atrocity in generations. He speaks for the first time, to Brendan Vaughan at GQ, about his actions and how his life came to that moment. A gripping read that explores the far-reaching effects of violence and war—and what it means to be an American man and soldier in our day—this story resonates deeply.
Technology has played a role in the Civil Rights Movement since the use of WATS lines in the 1960s—phone numbers that bypassed switchboard operators, who would most likely not be on the side of the cause. Today, #BlackLivesMatter was born in the heart of social media, and continues to use modern tools to press forward. Bijan Stephen discusses the relationship of tech and social change in Wired.
Another beach vacation? Yawn. Maybe it’s time to try something new: Men’s Fitness has a list of “outsized adventures” for 2016. From relatively tame endeavors like, you know, diving with Caribbean reef sharks and 200-lb. grouper off the coast of Cuba, to the 162-mile grueling trail run around the peak of Kilimanjaro, there’s something for everyone with a little bit of grit.
Tired of going to three grocery stores to find the healthiest and most convenient products at the best prices? Read Women’s Health‘s list of Supermarket Stars 2015 for nutritionist-approved snacks, breakfast items, ingredients and more—all of which can be found at your local supermarket. Happy, healthy eating!
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EARLY ACCESS: Read This Old House‘s Top 100 Best New Home Products 2015 right now, before it hits newsstands!
Whether you’re planning a remodel or just looking for some new throw pillows, the options out there are endless. You could spend weeks picking bathroom fixtures, right? Enter This Old House, America’s long-trusted source for ideas, instructions and recommendations. The magazine’s editors have chosen the 100 best new home products this year, in seven categories: kitchen, bath, tools, home tech, outdoor, building products and finishing touches. From blenders to snowblowers, circular saws to chalk paint, TOH has you covered.
Get ready to spit into a tube: Genetic testing company 23andMe announced this week that it will partly resume…well, part of…its original mission: providing consumers with their own genetic health information. In 2013, the FDA ordered the company to stop selling its $99 “spit test,” which allowed customers to send in a saliva sample and receive detailed health and ancestry information. 23andMe will now be able to provide people with a smaller range of information—about diseases they could pass on to their children. Read about the company and founder Anne Wojcicki in New York.
Serena Williams remembers what it’s like to be the odd person out in the field you love. There weren’t a lot of tennis players who looked like her when she was coming up the ranks—and she knows her experience is not unique. As guest editor of this month’s issue of Wired, she writes, “we need to see more women and people of different colors and nationalities in tech.” Read about the trailblazers who, like Serena, are working toward that goal.
It’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a movie: Woman goes out, woman sips drink, woman wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the sexual assault that has occurred. What could possibly make this worse? No legal recourse. Many victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault have no way of proving what happened to them, because the drugs leave their system quickly or standard toxicology tests are insufficient. Marie Claire investigates this disturbing issue.
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The number of years between the elections of Justin Trudeau and his late father, Pierre Trudeau, to the role of Canada’s prime minister. Read an insightful 2014 MacLean’s interview with Justin—who won the top job in a landslide victory just last night. The younger Trudeau, a liberal who spent time as a snowboard instructor and teacher before entering politics, plans to lead by the motto “sunny ways.”
The duration, in hours, of the pedal-fatigue test conducted by Specialized Bicycle Components to simulate the effect of cumulative forces of years of riding. That’s just one of the quality assurance measures counterfeit bike parts do not undergo—putting consumers at risk. Read more about the multi-billion-dollar counterfeit industry in Bicycling.
The dollar amount, in millions, that online benefits, h.r. and payroll company Zenefits has increased in value for each workday it has been in business. Read about this and other “unicorns”—privately held companies valued at more than $1 billion—in Forbes.
The number of days this season missed by injured Mets third baseman David Wright, which allowed the team to collect insurance for 75 percent of his $20 million contract. That in turn provided the team with extra money to acquire new players, which in turn helped them clinch the Division Series, according to New York Magazine.
The amount of time, in minutes, you should spend on each interaction when meeting people for the first time at a party, according to Mister Manners, etiquette expert Thomas P. Farley. For more helpful tips on being the best guest, check out Real Simple‘s Party Guest Protocol.
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Today’s New & Noteworthy stories include Malcolm Gladwell’s gripping exploration of the evolution of school shootings in “Thresholds of Violence: School Shootings Catch On,” from The New Yorker. Gladwell unpacks the idea that the “threshold” for committing such crimes—i.e., the moment at which a person will decide to harm many other people—has become alarmingly low.
Also today, a look at capitalism and its discontents in “Million-Dollar Babies: Just Don’t Call ‘Em Loan Sharks” in Bloomberg Businessweek. Two young guys from Brooklyn sold their cash-advance business for $40 million, leaving a trail of bankrupt borrowers and questionable business practices. But has their massive payday brought them satisfaction?
“The Town & Country 50 Political Families” list offers a glimpse into the clans that have the potential, power and cash to affect the presidential race. Some have deep political roots—Kennedy, Cuomo, Bush—while others are newly planted—such as Munger, Ellison and Mostyn.
For those of us without scions for parents, Family Fun shares its list of the year’s best toys in “So Much Fun.” From mustachioed disguise kits to Disney Descendants—a series of dolls who are the teen offspring of Disney villains—there’s something for everyone. The prize for best-named toy goes to “Yeti in My Spaghetti,” which ranked #1.
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Turns 40. Plus Bernie Sanders, Blake Shelton, Michael B. Jordan and More
It’s a day of unlikely pairings and anniversaries in today’s New & Noteworthy stories.
What do Melinda Gates and the pastry chef who invented “Crack Pie” have in common? How about Spanx creator Sara Blakely and a Purple Heart recipient? They’re all on Cosmo‘s “Fun, Fearless 50” list of the 50 women “disrupting and inspiring the way we all think and act.”
And who would expect a Brooklyn-born Jewish socialist senator from Vermont to give Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the Democratic presidential primary? The New Yorker takes an in-depth look at Bernie Sanders.
The sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania, is officially middle-aged! The Rocky Horror Picture Show turns 40. Read an interview with costars Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, Patricia Quinn and Meat Loaf in Entertainment Weekly‘s reunions issue. (And don’t miss the casts of Felicity, Misery, Family Ties and more!)
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Monday News Rush Updates on world events: the international refugee crisis; the waning days of Obama’s presidency; the investigation into a mysterious death at Abu Ghraib prison; and the House Freedom Caucus, the group that overthrew John Boehner…as a warm-up.
Canadian Thanksgiving Our northern neighbors celebrate the holiday today. These great recipes and ideas will make the day special anywhere, anytime.
Quick Reads: Our Favorite Charts Fast facts about what’s hot (The Martian), what’s not (um, the Portable Pizza Pouch?), what’s popping (Bieber and The Weeknd), and what’s stopping us in our tracks (a Taylor Swift portrait made entirely of gumballs!). Plus a look at women and backpacking, and ski boots for all!
DIY Halloween Costumes Yes, you can—even if you’re not a Pinterest whiz, fledgling Martha or secret sewing-machine aficionado. It’s all about having fun. And maybe making your neighbors a teeny bit envious. (We don’t judge.)
Man Crush Monday Today, Blake Shelton’s life after divorce, Taylor Kinney admits to owning Sponge Bob socks, and Michael B. Jordan shares his secrets to, well, life. Oh, and a peek at 11 of the most beautiful British models.
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