The Unlikely History of Acrylic Nails

A dentist fixing a cut on his thumbnail in 1957 sparked a staple of Black female fashion.

‘Flashback’ Lecture Notes: The Mysterious Disappearance That Helped Give Rise to Hollywood

This week's episode of the chart-topping 'Flashback' podcast explores the disappearance of French inventor Augustin Le Prince.

'Flashback' Episode Ten: How a French Inventor’s Mysterious Disappearance Launched Hollywood

Louis Le Prince was set to announce his invention of the motion picture camera years before Thomas Edison — until he vanished without a trace on his way to New York.

The Hockey Game That Changed Aviation History

The story of manned flight began on a frozen pond in Dayton, Ohio, in 1886.


Real Talk Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

Playing Catch-Up With Conservatives: Can Startup Energy Help Democrats?

A healthy startup environment may be giving Democrats a leg up for 2020 … if these firms don’t sell out before then.

Can At-Home Brain Stimulation Really Treat Depression?

Companies are increasingly peddling personal brain-stimulating devices, but there’s little evidence yet that they work.

Universities Drive Lifesaving Research, But Industry Has Monopolized Patents

Industry is buying control rather than funding research, which means a world of pain may result.

This Simple Tap Could Save Thousands of Lives in the Next Disaster

This fresh approach to water filtration removes bacteria and germs without electricity or chemicals.

India's Innovators Bet the Farm to Eliminate $30 Billion Agri-Waste Danger

The world’s sixth-largest economy loses the size of Nepal’s GDP each year to waste-related pollution.


When Katty Met Carlos

From the BBC and OZY comes a fresh perspective on the debate about America’s future as a nation and its relation to the world during the 2020 US election.

For Ambulances That Can Track You Down to 10 Inches, Come to West Africa

One of the world’s poorest regions is emerging as an unlikely hotbed of innovation for transforming emergency care.

When Microsoft's Paul Allen Spoke, I Listened. Right Before I Fell Asleep

Twenty-plus-hour workdays might be fine for tech big brains, but for mere mortals? It’s sleepytime in the trenches.

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