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  • Why the US Army tried to exterminate the bison
    on August 2, 2021

    And then took credit for “saving” them. In 1894, notorious poacher Ed Howell was caught in Yellowstone National Park slaughtering bison, which were on the brink of extinction. US Army soldiers patrolling the park brought him into custody, and the story led to the first US federal law protecting […]

  • Why the “wolf turn” is such a big deal
    on August 2, 2021

    A deceptively difficult gymnastics turn. Every Summer Olympics, gymnasts amaze viewers by performing incredibly complex and dangerous skills. As these routines get more and more complicated, they become harder to top. The latest way to add value and distinguish a routine is a tricky skill called […]

  • Congress wants to make going to the airport less miserable
    on August 2, 2021

    A crowded Terminal 2 at LAX during Memorial Day weekend 2021. | Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesGoing to the airport can be an unpleasant experience. The bipartisan infrastructure plan could help. If you’re flying out of Singapore Changi, which aviation survey and research […]

  • The $5,000 quest for the perfect butt
    on August 2, 2021

    The quest for the perfect peach can be costly in more ways than one. | Getty ImagesHow the Brazilian butt lift, one of the world’s most dangerous plastic surgery procedures, went mainstream. When she woke up from surgery, Kayla Malveaux found herself alone in the clinic recovery room, slumped […]

  • How kidnap-for-ransom became the “most lucrative industry in Nigeria”
    on August 2, 2021

    The remaining belongings of students from Bethel Baptist High School collected inside the schoolyard as parents of abducted students pray for their return. The children were taken by gunmen in Nigeria’s Kaduna state on July 14, 2021.  | Kola Sulaimon/AFP/Getty ImagesBandits have extorted $4.9 […]

  • What empty offices mean for America’s cities — and workers
    on August 2, 2021

    Customers stand in line outside a coffee cart in Manhattan’s financial district on May 12, 2021. | Amir Hamja/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesWho wins and who loses in the remote work revolution. When Ozzy Qurbanzada dropped off his coffee cart at a garage at the outset of New York’s Covid-19 outbreak, […]

  • Federal eviction protections have ended, leaving renters scrambling
    on August 1, 2021

    Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) and others spent the night outside the Capitol to call for an extension of the federal eviction moratorium on July 31, 2021. | Joshua Roberts/Getty ImagesOnly $3 billion of a $45 billion relief package has been distributed to renters. It’s August 1, and rent is due. That’s […]

  • Hosting the Olympics comes at a massive cost
    on August 1, 2021

    Competitors race in the men’s 10,000 m final at the 2020 Olympic Games on July 30, 2021, in Tokyo. | Richard Heathcote/Getty ImagesThe Tokyo Olympics could cost four times as much as expected. The Olympics are a bad deal for host cities. And they’re starting to take notice. In 2013, when it […]

  • These immigrants have one shot to come to the US. But Biden has to act.
    on August 1, 2021

     A candidate for US citizenship holds a US flag during a naturalization ceremony for new US citizens on February 16, 2017, in Newark, New Jersey.  | Robert Nickelsberg/Getty ImagesDiversity visa applicants were targeted by Trump, but have remained in limbo under Biden. Three years ago, amid […]

  • Take a mental break with the newest Vox crossword
    on August 1, 2021

    New Vox Crossword puzzles come out Monday through Saturday | Amanda NorthropFor the curious in all of us. Can you solve it? What’s a four-letter word for a berry often found in a bowl? Welcome to the Vox crossword. New puzzles, designed to test your knowledge and relieve a little stress, come out […]