Google is super secretive about its anti-aging research. No one knows why.

Researchers are puzzled by Calico’s stealthiness and say it’s not good for science. In 2013, Time magazine ran a cover story titled Google vs. Death about Calico, a then-new Google-run health venture focused on understanding aging — and how to beat it. “We should shoot for the things that are really, really important, so 10 or 20 years from now we have those things done,” Google CEO Larry Page told Time. But how exactly would…

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Why Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is so iconic

The brilliant Starz adaptation takes Gaiman’s work into 2017. Back when the world was new, there was a young woman whose only dream in life was for everyone to know her name. Though she would eventually marry wealthy, the desire to be famous still burned in her veins. She prayed every night. The gods, feeling itchy and bored one day, noticed this young woman’s yearning. One offered her a proposition: If she sacrificed her daughter,…

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How companies try to make work more like college — and why that’s a bad thing

My first year out of school was really hard and painful. As it should be. During her senior year at Vassar, Heather Kobayashi attended a campus recruitment event for Epic, a health record software company based near Madison, Wisconsin. “I just went for the free pizza, but then I heard them saying, ‘You don’t need experience in health care; we’re looking for people who are eager to learn,’” she said. When Kobayashi started working at…

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If America becomes a dystopian hellscape, it might look like this

A haunting new novel lays out a nightmarish vision of America’s future. It’s 2075 and America is sunk deep in its second civil war. Everything has gone to hell. Coastal cities have disappeared under a rising sea; a weaponized plague has killed almost a third of the population; fossil fuels (after it’s too late to matter) have been outlawed, leading to the secession of several Southern states; huge chunks of the Southwest have been annexed…

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Donald Trump is fumbling his real chance at tax reform

To overhaul the code, he needs to start sweating some details The Trump administration, with great fanfare, rolled out a new tax plan on Wednesday. It was neither particularly new nor truly a “plan”, at least not in the way that word is typically used in presidential politics. It actually tells us less about where Trump wants to take the tax code than his campaign plan did, which bodes poorly for anyone who hoped Trump…

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Child poverty in the US is a disgrace. Experts are embracing this simple plan to cut it.

Most rich countries besides the US have hit on a surprisingly simple approach to reducing child poverty: just giving parents money. This idea, known as a child benefit or child allowance, exists in almost every EU country as well as in Canada and Australia. In many countries, the payments are truly universal; you get the money no matter how much you earn. In others, like Canada, the payments phase out for top earners but almost…

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House Republicans have made a move to avert government shut down — for at least a week

The House of Representatives has made a move to avert a government shutdown with only days before Congress’ April 28 spending deadline. As it stands, Congress has until midnight on Friday to pass a spending bill, or the government will run out of money and shut down. But late Wednesday night Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-NJ), who chairs the House Appropriations committee, introduced a continuing resolution to provide one week of stop-gap funding, effectively extending the…

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Vox Sentences: More like NaahhFTA, amirite?

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world, curated by Dylan Matthews, Naomi Shavin, and Dara Lind. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. A flurry of Trump administration activity ahead of the 100-day benchmark. Really stretching the definition of “plan” here Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Today the Trump administration released its “tax…

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Trump’s leaks on torpedoing NAFTA could just be a negotiation tactic

It’s unclear whether the president is really considering withdrawing from the agreement. The Trump administration is weighing an executive order that could yank the US out of NAFTA and cause a potentially earth-rattling upheaval in trade relations across North America. Reports on the executive order have varied considerably in tone and substance. The Wall Street Journal reports that the White House is “debating” a “formal threat” to withdraw from the free trade agreement. According to…

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Jonathan Demme was one of our most empathetic directors. These 5 films explain why.

From The Silence of the Lambs to Rachel Getting Married, these movies cemented the director’s cinematic legacy. Jonathan Demme, the Academy Award–winning director who died Wednesday, April 26, at the age of 73, is probably best known for The Silence of the Lambs, which won him his Oscar. And yet the director wasn’t known for making horror films or even thrillers. For the most part, he made his name directing gentle comedies and music documentaries…

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