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Germany unseats the US as the country with the best international image

Germany is the nation with the best image internationally according to the Nation Brands Index, an annual ranking produced by GfK, a German market research company.

Tribe of Mentors — Recommended Books from Mentors and Top Books from Tools of Titans

The list below includes all the mentors in alphabetical order from Tribe of Mentors who have made book recommendations.

The US just made it a lot easier to file your sexual-harassment complaint

The US government rarely moves quickly, and seldom responds to cultural currents. But either by design or coincidence, the US Department of Labor perfectly timed the release of a new website making it easier to file sexual-harassment complaints.

An internet of things flop means some connected lights won’t work anymore

A 2014 Kickstarter-backed company has folded, and it’s leaving customers in the dark. Emberlight, a startup that raised $300,000 to make a smart light socket that works with any traditional bulb, emailed its customers Thursday (Nov.

Would you eat “clean meat”?

There’s no shortage of buzz among food-tech companies about how, once perfected, cell-cultured meats will reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere, use less land and water, and save billions of animals each year from slaughter.

Big Pharma is taking advantage of patent law to keep OxyContin from ever dying

The US opioid epidemic seems to many to have come out of nowhere, and there’s been much finger-pointing in recent years about how this state of affairs came to be.

Science has outgrown the human mind

The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and… attack it from every side.

The one man in America who continues to be “safe” from sexual harassment allegations is the president

Nobody can deny the ground has shifted in America. Formerly invincible men are tumbling one by one as victims come out with their stories of sexual assault.

Watch one of nature’s biggest sex shows on the Great Barrier Reef

Conditions have to be just right for corals to put on one of nature’s most spectacular events. Coral spawning on the Great Barrier Reef happens once a year, just after a full moon, when the winds are low and water is warm.

Here’s how to reset your iPhone X (instead of accidentally calling 911)

Last night, I was in the middle of a karaoke bar, with disco lights strobing and Taylor Swift blaring around me, and the screen on my new iPhone X froze.

Amaro cocktails are easy, crowd pleasing and sophisticated

You’ve probably seen amari, from big brands like Campari and Averna to artisanal bottles made in Brooklyn, prettily lining the back bar at your favorite Italian restaurant or assertively flavoring drinks on high-end cocktail menus.

Copenhagen’s newest architectural gem is a waste management plant

The most highly anticipated 2018 opening in Copenhagen—besides Noma 2.0, the Michelin-starred restaurant that put New Nordic cuisine on the culinary map—is a stunning architectural gem on the outskirts of town, CopenHill.

Facebook is still struggling with the difference between hate speech and censorship

On Nov. 11, thousands of people marched in the streets of Warsaw, Poland, to celebrate the country’s Independence Day.

Delhi’s deadly smog: Is it time to move India’s national capital elsewhere?

Delhi has a pollution emergency on its hands. For the past week, the capital’s been choked by smog—the result of the burning of crop stubble in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, as well as vehicular emissions and industrial pollution.

The global reputation of the United States has plunged as Germany takes the top slot

Germany is now the country with the best reputation in the world, topping the US, which in just one year fell from first to to sixth place, according to the Nation Brands Index.

Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with star accelerator Y Combinator

It happened quietly, almost without notice. A 2015 blog post titled “Welcome Peter,” which announced the investor’s arrival as a part-time partner at accelerator Y Combinator (YC), gained an addendum: “Edit: Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator.” The change was first noted on Nov.

Life in North Korea, Amazon’s last mile, and eight other stories you might have missed

1. While we’re playing checkers… Max Deutsch is a self-described speed learner. And he recently gave himself one month to learn to play chess…well enough to take on the world champion.

You could live longer if you had a dog

People love dogs. We feed them lobster, take them to spas, sleep with them in our beds, buy them sweaters and booties, and delight in all but their pooping.

Happy Friday: the new tradition edition

Subscribe to the Quartzy newsletter to receive this in your inbox each Friday. Happy Friday! This time of year, I feel a bit like I’m standing at the top of a steep slope, with events snowballing into the new year: a 50th anniversary party, Thanksgiving, a wedding, an office holiday party, an actual holiday party, a family Christmas (at Disneyland, no less!

A US judge piped up “on behalf of all heterosexual males” to suggest he can’t tell sex from assault

“On behalf of all heterosexual males,” Ohio state supreme court justice Bill O’Neill posted a Facebook diatribe today about his own sexual exploits.