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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




Nuclear Fusion Finally Finds Its Place in the Sun

One of my favorite bar signs is the one that promises “Free beer tomorrow.” That’s how I’ve always thought of nuclear fusion—a (theoretically) cheap, pollution-free and inexhaustible energy source, the promise of which has pretty much been a decade away ever since the technology was first tested 70 years ago.


‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Apps Are Taking Over Holiday Shopping Season. Here’s What to Know About the Risks

As Black Friday approaches and the 2021 holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, "buy now, pay later," or BNPL, programs are having a resurgence in popularity. In recent months, major retailers like Amazon and Target have announced new partnerships with trendy BNPL startups like Afterpay, Affirm and Klarna, giving shoppers the point-of-sale option of splitting the cost of purchases into equal installment payments spaced out over a predetermined period of time.


Visionary Louis Vuitton Fashion Designer Virgil Abloh Dies at 41

(NEW YORK) — Virgil Abloh, a leading designer whose groundbreaking fusions of streetwear and high couture made him one of the most celebrated tastemakers in fashion and beyond, has died of cancer. He was 41. Abloh's death was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) and Abloh's own Off-White label, which he founded in 2013.


Moderna Says New Vaccine for Omicron Variant May Be Ready in Early 2022

Moderna Inc. Chief Medical Officer Paul Burton said he suspects the new omicron coronavirus variant may elude current vaccines, and if so, a reformulated shot could be available early in the new year.“We should know about the ability of the current vaccine to provide protection in the next couple of weeks,” Burton said Sunday on the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.


How the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Verdict Could Devastate the Work of Black Lives Matter Activists

On the surface, the jury's Nov. 19 verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse was all too simple. His defense team successfully pled the case that Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed two people during a night of protests and unrest in Kenosha last August.


Yes, You Should Get a COVID-19 Booster

On Nov. 19, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supported an advisory committee’s advice and expanded the group of people who can now get COVID-19 booster doses to include all adults over age 18.


How Germany’s New Government Plans to Be the Greenest One Yet

Among environmentalists, hopes have been running high for Germany’s new government. At elections this September, growing concern about climate change, boosted by the worst floods to hit the country in 500 years, helped the German Greens double their parliamentary seats.


25 Great Cyber Monday Deals You Can Get Right Now

As the holidays approach this year, you’ll be forgiven for having visions of supply chain issues dance through your head alongside those sugar plums. That means ordering your presents for family and friends early, which is easy enough with Cyber Monday, which falls on Nov. 29, 2021. Here are some of the best bargains that have been announced so far by Target, Amazon, Walmart, Nordstrom, Best Buy and more.


Brené Brown Thinks You Should Talk About These 87 Emotions

Why is it that people are quick to say they’re jealous of someone, but will not admit to being envious? What’s the difference between shame and guilt? Is feeling hopeless the same as feeling despair? These are the questions that Brené Brown, the sociology professor turned best-selling author and leadership consultant, tries to answer in her new book, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience, out Nov. 30.


Even Santa Claus Prefers Working Remotely

Logging into video chat has become rote: I sit down at my computer, check my hair, turn on the camera. But this time, I’m greeted with a jolly “Ho, ho, ho.” Santa sits in front of a bauble-decorated Christmas tree, frosted blue windows, a large wooden nutcracker and flickering candles. I can almost smell the cinnamon and nutmeg. “Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Santa?” he says.


How to Talk to Your Family About COVID-19 Before the Holidays

It’s entirely possible to love and dread the holidays at the same time—especially in 2021, which promises awkward conversations along with glad tidings and good cheer. As families and friends plan to get together this year, they’ll not only need to weigh the risk of getting sick from COVID-19, but also the possibility that some attendees have taken safety protocols more seriously than others.


After 27 Years Behind Bars, This Trailblazing Prison Reform Advocate Is Now Home for the Holidays

On Nov. 22, Joel Castón—dressed head to toe in a dapper bright blue suit—exited the D.C. Jail to take his first breath of freedom in 27 years. Surrounded by a large crowd of family, friends, and community leaders—all of whom had been waiting six plus hours for his release—it seemed like his cheeks and arms might fall off from so much smiling and hugging. And then, of course, there was pizza.


How Your Post-Thanksgiving Diet Could Help Save the Planet

As you tuck into your Thanksgiving dinner, the kick-off event (at least for Americans) of the holiday season, spare a thought for the planet’s carbon waistline. Food production is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for more than a third of emissions worldwide — and a new study has given fresh insight into how small changes in the diet can have a big impact on food-related emissions.


Inside the 80-Year Quest to Name Pearl Harbor’s Unknown Victims

The seven sailors point their rifles skyward and fire three times in unison, shattering the silence at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The military salute signifies the end of an 80-year-old mystery that traces back to Dec. 7, 1941, the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II. Navy sailors Harold and William Trapp were presumed killed when their battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma was hit by Japanese torpedoes and capsized in Pearl Harbor.


Japan’s Oscar Entry Drive My Car Is a Gorgeous Tale of Loss and Forgiveness

Humans need to be close to other humans: when you say it like that, it sounds like your typical warm, fuzzy truism, the kind of platitude we all accept without question. The truth is that real closeness goes far beyond appreciation for—or adoration of—another person. It requires a fortitude that’s almost steely, an openness to self-examination that can be as painful as it is edifying.


6 Lessons on the Future of the Metaverse From the Creator of Second Life

A version of this article was published in TIME’s newsletter Into the Metaverse. Subscribe for a weekly guide to the future of the Internet. In 2007, Second Life founder Philip Rosedale made a bold proclamation: “The 3D web will rapidly be the dominant thing and everyone will have an avatar." Considering the success of his creation, it wasn’t an altogether far-fetched idea.


What We Know So Far About the New Variant of COVID-19 Raising Alarms Globally

A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 first reported in South Africa is raising alarms for health officials around the world, leading to fresh travel restrictions amid fears it could be resistant to existing vaccines. Researchers in South Africa conducting genetic analysis of COVID-19 virus cases determined that a new variant, B.1.1.529, had been found in cases in South Africa, Botswana, and a traveler who had traveled from South Africa to Hong Kong, the country's health minister announced on Nov. 25.


Buying a House Feels Impossible These Days. Here Are 6 Innovative Paths to Homeownership

A dozen Grade-A eggs will run you about $0.40 more than they did a year ago, and you'll have to fork over $0.66 more for a pound of ground beef. At the gas pump, a gallon of unleaded is now $1.23 higher than it was in 2020. But few year-over-year price increases compare to what's happened to the American housing market. The sale price of a median home in the U.S. has ballooned by more than $67,000 in the past year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St.


All of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Movies, Ranked

Your favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie probably depends on whether you prefer his oddball comedies (Punch-Drunk Love, Inherent Vice, the new Licorice Pizza) or his operatic psychodramas (There Will Be Blood, The Master, Magnolia, Hard Eight). Sometimes, when you’re lucky, you get both at once (Phantom Thread, Boogie Nights). Anderson tends to change tempos from film to film, which makes him one of the most energizing directors working today.


Scientists Concerned About New COVID-19 Variant With High Number of Mutations

(JOHANNESBURG) — A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday. The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying mutations, often just die out.