Michael Phelps sat alone, thoroughly exhausted. He put his head in his hands and then motioned at his neck as though he had nothing left to give.
His work was done.
He had his 20th and 21st gold medals.
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The U.S. women’s gymnastics team won gold at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday, an expected but exhilarating victory for the five-woman squad that includes two veteran Olympians, the reigning Olympic all-around champion and the only woman ever to win back-to-back-to-back world championships.
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The wealth of the average white family in the United States has expanded 84 percent in the last three decades, a rate of growth three times greater than the average black family and 1.2 times greater than the average Latino family, according to a report from the Institute for Policy Studies and the Corporation For Economic Development. The rate of the current racial wealth gap means that it would take black families 228 years to acquire wealth equal to a white family, and would take Latino families 84 years to do the same.
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What does it take to be an Olympic gold medalist? WIRED takes in-depth look at the mechanics behind the athletes featuring Connor Dwyer, Elizabeth Biesel, Matt Grevers, Nathan Adrian, Rayler Clary, and Ryan Lochte.
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A small number of babies infected with Zika virus in the womb have developed a rare birth defect involving muscle weakness and stiff joints, according to a new report of the cases.
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Someday, perhaps we will have a little space house all of our own, over whose white picket fence we can watch the sun(s) set into the red sky over our exoplanet ranch. Until then, these six new prototype deep space habitat designs that NASA just released will have to do.
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THE LATEST ANDROID vulnerability to fret about isn’t limited to any particular device, or any specific firmware version. That’s because it doesn’t start with Android at all, but with Qualcomm, the company that provides internal components for hardware manufacturers. Lots of them. In this case, 900 million Android smartphones with Qualcomm inside are at risk, and fixing them will be no easy task.
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