Esperanza Spalding on Her Alter Ego and Being Inspired ‘By Stuff People in Suits Don’t Give a Shit About’

“I just want to say, if you’re going crazy, take a break,” says Esperanza Spalding. The Oregon-based jazz singer-bassist sits at Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel, lit from behind by a window that opens onto a small courtyard. Her hair teased out to her shoulders, she’s wearing a wild orange coat and gold glasses. Standing out is nothing new for the 31-year-old, but she seems extra radiant after taking two years off from a rapid, Grammy-stacking rise. “I felt overwhelmed by stuff that wasn’t satisfying me,” she says, “things I was supposed to do for my career. I stopped and said, ‘Let me get back to the basics.’ I had no plans for the future — until I heard the knock on the door from Emily.”

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Portland Teams Up With Nike For Bike Share Bicycles That Can Be Locked Up Anywhere

They can help boost tourism and take some of the load off of a city’s public transit system, but keeping a bike sharing program financially self-sufficient has proved challenging for many cities. So Portland is teaming up with Nikefor its new bike share program with bicycles that can be locked up almost anywhere.

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Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ Album Is Already Platinum

After only being out for a few days, Rihanna‘s album, ANTI, has already been certified platinum by the RIAA because of the way that Tidal and Samsung executed the release. Since Samsung purchased one million copies of the album in advance that were then given away as a free download, RIAA gave it the platinum certification. This is similar to what happened when Jay Z released his Magna Carta Holy Grail album back in 2013, when Samsung bought copies in advance.

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Scientists Take Major Step Toward Understanding Schizophrenia

A landmark new study sheds some light on how certain genes may influence the development of schizophrenia, a complex psychiatric condition that scientists have long struggled to make sense of and to treat.

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How To Kick Your Procrastination Habit (Bonus: You’ll Feel Less Stressed)

Those expense reports you’ve been putting off for months? That power yoga class you never seem to make? Chances are, there are at least one or two projects on your plate that have taken up permanent residence on your to-do list. You know you need to get them done, and yet you push them to the side to focus on something—anything—else, whether it’s diving into a less-urgent work project or spring-cleaning your entire closet.

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This Is How Hummingbirds Regulate Their Body Temperatures in Flight

Hummingbirds flap their wings a blistering 12 to 80 times per second (depending on the species) when in flight. This can generate quite a bit of extra body heat, which must be dissipated somehow to prevent the birds from overheating. Now scientists think they understand a bit more about how these tiny creatures regulate body temperature.

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