The Future Issue: You, Only Better

The event was billed as a cutting-edge biohacking event, but it was tame compared with what goes on at the fringes of this community. Seven months earlier and about two hours away, in Tehachapi, a much more extreme clique of biohackers gathered to share the recent discoveries from their world at a gathering called GrindFest. These are the real transhumanists, the kind of people who implant magnets under their skin and embed microchips in their bodies to replace key cards. Asprey’s ethos is not so dissimilar — he wants to…

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Real Madrid Coasts and Ronaldo Protests in Champions League

Life in the Champions League without Cristiano Ronaldo began for Real Madrid with a comfortable 3-0 win over Roma on Wednesday. Ronaldo’s Champions League experience at Juventus, however, went considerably worse: He received a controversial red card in a 2-0 victory against Valencia, and now faces a suspension that could keep him out of a highly anticipated return to Manchester United next month. In Madrid, Isco, Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz took care of the scoring to secure an opening victory in Group G for Madrid, the three-time defending champions.…

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Late Goals Save Liverpool and Sink Tottenham in Champions League

Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead at Anfield on Tuesday but rallied for a 3-2 victory against visiting Paris St.-Germain through an injury-time winner from the substitute Roberto Firmino in the night’s marquee Champions League showdown. Firmino, who was not in the starting lineup after scratching his eye in Saturday’s Premier League victory at Tottenham, found enough space to weave through the P.S.G. defense and strike a low shot into the far corner to claim the victory only minutes after Kylian Mbappé had appeared to steal a tie for the…

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Well: Exercising a Fat Dog (and Yourself)

Photo Credit Illustration by Ben Wiseman From the Well archives. The chubby, inert pet dog has become a familiar household sight in richer countries. And yet there lies a possible boon to the out-of-shape among us. A recent study suggests that being told one’s pet is dangerously overweight might provide the impetus that gets an owner moving. It might seem that having a pet dog would result in considerable physical activity, and that’s true, broadly speaking. A 2013 review of studies related to dog ownership concluded that as a group,…

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5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabab’s threat grows

NAIROBI, Kenya –  Five years after al-Shabab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya’s capital, hurling grenades and starting a days-long siege that left 67 people dead, analysts say the Somalia-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa’s east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands. The assault on Westgate Mall on a sunny weekend afternoon horrified the world and exposed weaknesses in Kenya’s security forces after it took them hours to respond. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta promised reforms. Now the government of East Africa’s…

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They Banned Her Film Because It Featured LGBT Characters. So She Took Them To Court — And Won.

NAIROBI — A judge has ordered a temporary lift on the ban of a film featuring a love story between two women, allowing its director to submit it for Academy Award consideration. The ruling will allow Kenyans to view Wanuri Kahiu’s internationally acclaimed independent film, Rafiki for the first time in the country. The movie, about two young women from opposing political backgrounds who fall in love, was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board on April 26 for “promoting lesbianism.” Kahiu filed a lawsuit against the board on Sept.…

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The US Has Imposed Sanctions On A Chinese Military Agency And Its Head For Buying Weapons From Moscow

WASHINGTON — For the first time since the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act became law a year ago, the Trump administration has imposed sanctions for violating the law’s restrictions on transactions with Russia’s intelligence and defense sectors. The surprise: The sanctioned entities are part of the Chinese military. On Thursday, the State Department imposed sanctions on China’s Equipment Development Department and its director, Li Shangfu, for “significant transactions” with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity. According to a statement from the State Department, the transactions in question were Russia’s…

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How An App Funded By Sheldon Adelson Is Covertly Influencing The Online Conversation About Israel

The Act.IL app paints itself as a grassroots initiative, but one expert calls it “advanced digital political astroturfing.” By Ishmael N. Daro Posted on September 20, 2018, at 2:35 p.m. ET In early August, after months of heightened tension in the region, Israel carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for rocket and mortar attacks launched by the militant group Hamas. Meanwhile, another battle was just starting on social media. On the Facebook page of the New York Times, under an article about the latest outbreak of violence,…

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A Throwback Champion for the Modern Champions League

The mementos are everywhere, images of heroes past, snapshots of glories lost. For the current generation of players at Crvena Zvezda — the club known to the English-speaking world as Red Star Belgrade — they are inescapable: in the dressing rooms at the training facility, in the foyer as they walk into the stadium everyone in Serbia calls the Marakana. They act as a reminder, as proof, as assertion of what Red Star once was, of what it once did. There are photos of the club’s greatest players and its…

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Passengers Bled From Their Noses And Ears After Pilots “Forgot” About Cabin Pressure

A passenger plane had to turn back mid-flight after pilots apparently forgot to maintain cabin pressure. Passengers on the Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur in India complained of bleeding from their noses and ears not long after takeoff. Videos and photos posted online showed oxygen masks being deployed. India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said 30 of the 166 people on board had received medical treatment. Transport official Lalit Gupta told the Hindustan Times that the crew forgot to press a switch that would have maintained cabin pressure. “As…

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