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I’ve taken AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and National Geographic genetics tests — here’s how to choose one to try

When deciding which consumer genetics test to take to learn about your ancestry or health, consider what you hope to get out of the experience. Here's what it's like to try three of the most popular tests.
A pedestrian walks by a McDonald's restaurant on January 30, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco’s minimum wage is now $15 an hour — here’s how that stacks up to other major cities

The Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit think-tank, has compiled a list of minimum wages in cities across the US. In some areas, workers who receive tips can make as little as $2.13 an hour.
The International Business District (IBD) in Songdo, South Korea.

South Korea is building a $40 billion city designed to eliminate the need for cars

By 2020, Songdo's International Business District will span 100 million square feet. The South Korean city aims to prioritize pedestrians over cars, but there are questions whether the district can become a thriving community.

Incredible photos of New York City when it was covered in farmland

Before Manhattan formed its grid, its residents raised hogs and chickens. The Museum of the City of New York reveals what NYC looked like as farmland.

A battle is brewing over the future of meat, and it could mean the US fumbles on a revolutionary new market

The race among startups to create the first meat without slaughter needs a referee, and there's a battle raging over who it will be. In a letter, congressmembers said they were upset that the USDA was not included in an FDA meeting on clean meat. The controversy could prove too much for startups.

The 21 most powerful passports in the world

Citizenship planning firm Henley & Partners just updated its 2018 passport index, which reveals how many countries you can travel to without a visa. Here's how the top 21 nations stack up.
A young girl rides a tricycle under a cascade of water from an open fire hydrant along 151st Street in upper Manhattan.

American cities are so expensive that they could increase the risk of a ‘demographic time bomb’

A new study from Zillow suggests that, as housing prices have increased in some US cities, birth rates have declined. Some experts say that, because the US birth rate is at an all-time low, the trend could have a major effect on the future labor force.
A man in Dhaka, Bangladesh leaps between the crowded train cars.

New York’s commuter nightmare is bad, but the world’s most crowded cities are even worse

Overpopulation, housing scarcities, and poor infrastructure all combine to make the world's most crowded cities giant clusters of traffic and congestion.

These will be the world’s biggest cities in 2030

Globally, more people live in urban areas than rural areas today. Over the next two decades, many of the world's cities will transform into megacities, according to the 2018 United Nations' World Urbanization Prospects.
Elon Musk's team tests its submarine by simulating a narrow passage in a pool, July 8, 2018.

Just what was the point of Elon Musk’s ‘non-practical’ submarine rescue effort in Thailand?

Thai officials and local, expert divers say that Elon Musk's kid-sized submarine would've never worked for the mission to rescue the soccer team. So what was the point? Free advertising for SpaceX.