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The best time to watch the Geminids meteor shower

The best time to watch the Geminids meteor shower

Each year around Dec. 13 and 14, Earth passes through the orbit of the asteroid 3200 Phaeton. As its debris enters our atmosphere, we’re treated…
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” played a pivotal role in the rise of Islamic fundamentalism

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” played a pivotal role in the rise of Islamic fundamentalism

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”—a song written by a Jewish composer that has become a secular Christmas anthem—played a small but crucial role in the rise…
Fashion’s ambitious new project to reduce its climate impact is getting help from the UN

Fashion’s ambitious new project to reduce its climate impact is getting help from the UN

The global fashion business is a massive industrial source of greenhouse gases, largely as a result of all the textiles it produces. A recent analysis…
Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most-streamed classic rock song of all time

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most-streamed classic rock song of all time

This is the real life and this is not fantasy: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most-streamed song from the 20th century, and the most-streamed classic…
Zozo’s promise of fast, cheap custom clothes with its Zozosuit looks like a bust

Zozo’s promise of fast, cheap custom clothes with its Zozosuit looks like a bust

Earlier this year, Yusaku Maezawa made the wildly ambitious announcement that Zozo, his company’s private-label clothing line, had developed a tech-enabled system that allowed it…
What to say when your child asks if Santa is real, according to experts

What to say when your child asks if Santa is real, according to experts

Ah yes, December. Christmas trees and decorations are popping up in shop windows, and the school holiday period looms. This may be exciting or distressing,…
Researchers found one way that long-term marriages get happier

Researchers found one way that long-term marriages get happier

It turns out that a long, happy marriage resembles a slow-moving rom-com, one that plays out over decades. The first few years of a marriage…
Make and freeze a season’s worth of holiday cookie dough in an afternoon

Make and freeze a season’s worth of holiday cookie dough in an afternoon

I really enjoy baking. I have a fairly large kitchen, a nice oven, and a stand mixer. Still, I sometimes find holiday cookie season to…
The equipment to make a perfect cup of coffee for every type of coffee-drinker

The equipment to make a perfect cup of coffee for every type of coffee-drinker

The first sips from my morning cup of coffee are like adding an Instagram filter to an under-lit photo—suddenly everything is a little warmer and…
Meditation is the fastest growing wellness activity in the US

Meditation is the fastest growing wellness activity in the US

The wellness industry—which has its roots in niche environments like grocery store health food aisles, and movements like clean eating—has ballooned this past decade into…

Kevin Hart’s past homophobic comments are a problem for brand partners like Nike too

Three days after Kevin Hart was revealed as the host of the 2019 Oscars this week, the actor and comedian withdrew from the role. He…
The grim march of sparkly fast-fashion holiday party clothes is underway

The grim march of sparkly fast-fashion holiday party clothes is underway

It’s that time of year again, when the windows of your local high street clothing stores, as well as your social media feed, are a…
The international project to fix Bangladesh’s garment industry may end in a whimper

The international project to fix Bangladesh’s garment industry may end in a whimper

The 2013 factory collapse at Rana Plaza was among the worst industrial accidents in history. Its death toll of 1,134 people shocked the world, spurred…
A leading green activist has a message of unity for France’s yellow vests

A leading green activist has a message of unity for France’s yellow vests

The New York Times editorial board recently declared that “Paris is burning.” And to a certain extent, that’s true. For the past three weeks, protesters…
Everyone needs to relax about the boot-cut jean reboot

Everyone needs to relax about the boot-cut jean reboot

“Time is a flat circle,” Matthew McConaughey once said, in character as True Detective’s Rust Cohle. “Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna…
Netflix quietly dropped the “Great British Baking Show’s” holiday special and it’s a delight

Netflix quietly dropped the “Great British Baking Show’s” holiday special and it’s a delight

There’s a two-episode Great British Baking Show holiday special available to watch on Netflix right now, and yes, it’s also holiday cookie season. But don’t…
Pets actually make great gifts—if you do it the right way

Pets actually make great gifts—if you do it the right way

Have you thought about adopting a new pet for Christmas? Far from dismissing the idea, animal welfare groups now support the practice of gifting a…
How to chop down a Christmas tree in Europe’s most digitally progressive state

How to chop down a Christmas tree in Europe’s most digitally progressive state

Estonians love the forest. The Baltic nation and former Soviet republic is, according to a somewhat contested legend, also home to the first Christmas tree.…
The argument against keeping a food journal this holiday season

The argument against keeping a food journal this holiday season

The holiday season revolves around rich meals, traditional foods and drinks, and the expectation is that we enjoy it all with some abandon. But as…
Why a paper birthday calendar is so much better than a Facebook reminder

Why a paper birthday calendar is so much better than a Facebook reminder

On her kitchen wall in Warsaw, Poland, my grandmother has an old notebook pinned up alongside photos of her grandchildren and our childhood drawings. It’s…