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True Detective season 2 is all penis problems, all the time


Each week, a handful of Vox's writers will chat about the latest episode of True Detective's second season.

6 annoying things only time travelers will understand


We all know that time travel would have its difficulties: After the excitement of going into the past faded, it wouldn't be fun living without an internet connection (or possibly your freedom, antibiotics, electricity, et cetera ad infinitum).

Here's new evidence that widespread breast cancer screening isn't effective


If mass mammography screening for breast cancer worked well, fewer women would die from the disease. And yet, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found something that may seem counterintuitive: More breast cancer screening didn't actually save lives.

Thomas Piketty: Greek financial crisis is being met with a "shocking ignorance of history"


If you need a historic example of a European nation that failed to repay huge debts to neighbors, French economist Thomas Piketty suggests in an interview with Die Zeit that you look to Germany — the enraged creditor to a nearly bankrupt Greece.

How likely is nuclear war with Russia?


I spent much of this spring obsessed with a question: Could the United States and Russia stumble into war, perhaps even nuclear war?

Greek crisis: 11 people and institutions to blame


Greece and, in a sense, all of Europe are at a point of dramatic crisis. The country has defaulted on its debts, its banks are closed, and its citizens now face drastic limits on their ability to withdraw money from ATMs or make foreign purchases with credit or debit cards.

Watch: These teens react to Caitlyn Jenner — and show the future is acceptance


The YouTube series Teens React recently captured the unfiltered, candid reactions of teenagers to Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender woman and famed Olympian who appeared on a recent Vanity Fair cover.

What bees can tell us about the real value of nature


If you ask most experts why we should worry about all those honeybees and wild bees that are famously dying off, they'll often give a simple answer: because bees pollinate so many of our crops.

Oregon's Teacher of the Year spoke openly about being gay — and then he was fired


What could possibly get Oregon's Teacher of the Year fired? A state investigation found Brett Bigham, a special education teacher, was let go earlier this year after he faced anti-gay discrimination and complained about the harassment, suggesting the termination was an act of retaliation.

Confessions of a Clinton reporter: The media's 5 unspoken rules for covering Hillary


The reporter's job is to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" — a credo that, humorously, was originally written as a smear of the self-righteous nature of journalists.

At the first women's soccer game in 1881, players were chased off the field


Last night, the United States Women's National Team won the World Cup with a 5-2 victory over Japan. The victory was follow by a flurry of Twitter hashtags and real-world celebrations.

The fascinating history of why France loves to protest


Taxi drivers everywhere are unhappy about Uber for encroaching on their business, but the cabbies in France handled that in a particularly French way: by staging mass protests, in which they blocked off roads and even burned tires.

Greece's debt crisis: Was the eurozone bluffing?


So what comes next in Greece? Well, we find out whether Europe was bluffing. One way to read the drama of the past few months is that it was the endgame for Greece and the eurozone.

ISIS videos are sickening. They’re also really effective.


ISIS's propaganda videos are some of the foulest things on the internet. These videos aren't just grisly celebrations of violence.

Colorado offered free birth control — and teen abortions fell by 42 percent


Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking more funding to continue a privately funded birth-control program that has, by several measures, been a startling success.

Sharks as you won't see them on Shark Week: Intelligent and remarkably social animals


Discovery Channel's Shark Week has become wildly popular with one main strategy: making people terrified of sharks and casting them as cold-blooded killing machines (and occasionally making things up to accomplish this goal).

The US just had its first measles death since 2003


(US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) This has been a terrible year for measles. 2015 started with one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, which originated at Disneyland in California.

The easiest ways to exercise more without extra time


A recent survey asked a group of 1,000 Americans how they'd spend an extra four hours each week if they suddenly had the time.

5 charts that show smartphones are taking over the world


People are buying vastly more smartphones (and tablets) than they ever bought conventional PCs, and they're using them in new ways that wouldn't have made sense with older computing platforms.

This week, China, Brazil, and the US all unveiled new climate goals


Originally published on Grist. Three of the world’s biggest polluters — China, Brazil, and the U.S. — all announced new strategies to tackle climate change this week.


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