Scottish, Cornish, Welsh, Orcadian — Brits hailing from specific regions of the country have telltale genetic signatures, finds a groundbreaking new study. This gush of DNA data offers a time-machine ride through the history of Britain.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Ken Bensinger profiles black America's favorite white comedian. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
A household name to black audiences and completely unknown to white audiences, this blond, blue-eyed stand-up from Ohio has a career wholly unlike that of anyone before him. But will his attempts to bridge the gap cost him all that he's built?
Over a decade ago, MC Jin was signed to Ruff Ryders, the first Chinese-American rapper to approach mainstream success, only to vanish from the scene as quickly as he arrived. Now, after becoming an unlikely star in Hong Kong and overcoming stereotypes he helped promote, he's attempting a comeback — but is anyone listening?
Oswaldo Cabrera says he was crusading for the rights of undocumented immigrants. Many of the people he was supposed to be helping say he was just taking their money.
Residents of a Bay Area town wonder how one police officer could gun down three men in five months and earn a promotion.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen takes a hike with comedian Nick Kroll. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Comics work their whole careers to land their own successful, acclaimed, eponymous Comedy Central sketch show. But after three seasons, and with his show at its creative and commercial peak, Nick Kroll is leaving it all behind for destinations unknown — because he can.
A Michigan surgeon invented an apparatus that he believes tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. His Full Sense Device could be a lifesaver for millions of obese Americans and raises questions about how hunger — our most basic human impulse — even works.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Joel Oliphint discovers how one simple device could change our understanding of hunger and the way physicians treat obesity. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Long before Ben Carson was a champion to social conservatives and an anathema to liberals, he was a legendary neurosurgeon and an icon of black triumph. Will his turn to politics destroy his legacy?
After a lifetime struggling with disordered eating, I’m still figuring out how to have a healthy relationship with my body and what I feed it.
As a fat woman myself, I'm still struggling with how I feel about it.
Flibanserin, a drug that revs up women’s sex drives, has been battling for five years to get the FDA’s stamp of approval. Some feminists say flibanserin is a victory for women’s rights, but scientists question whether the drug really works.
Soon after we fell in love, my boyfriend was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Over the course of the next year and a half, we learned what we could — and couldn't — control.
This week for BuzzFeed News, John Knefel explores how cops are harassing heroin addicts by staking out the clinics that are keeping them clean. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
A BuzzFeed News investigation identified deaths, sex abuse, and blunders in screening, training, and overseeing foster parents at the nation’s largest for-profit foster care company.
With heroin addiction skyrocketing, methadone remains the gold standard for narcotics dependence treatment. Yet cops nationwide target heavily regulated clinics to turn vulnerable addicts into informants, with little public outcry, reaffirming the medicine's enduring, deadly stigma.
Nearly 8 million people have watched a single YouTube video of airplanes taking off and landing. Welcome to the world of planespotters — or "jetrosexuals," or "cloud bunnies" — air travel's biggest fans.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Andrew McMillen explores the high-flying world of planespotters. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Shut out of legitimate financial institutions, marijuana entrepreneurs are finding unusual ways to park their cash.
I had to learn how to love myself enough to take care of myself. It wasn't easy.
How YouTube's "awkward older sister" is ushering in a new era of female friendship and femininity.
I was 23 and needed a summer job; he was 21 and needed full-time support. He's one of an estimated half million children diagnosed with autism who are soon becoming adults — and who society is entirely unprepared for.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Adam Serwer and Katie J.M. Baker unravel the conflicting history and messages of men's rights leader Paul Elam. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
Paul Elam became the face of the modern men’s rights movement by rallying against false rape accusations and divorce courts that favor mothers. But exclusive BuzzFeed News interviews with his estranged daughter and ex-wife show that his pet causes are very, very personal.
Hundreds of people have caught hellish bacterial infections and turned to Eastern Europe for a century-old viral therapy. With the world on the cusp of an antibiotics crisis, should we all follow suit?
Little more than two years ago, there wasn’t a single recorded case of women trafficked from Cambodia to China to marry. Now, there are more than 150 — and experts expect that number to soar. BuzzFeed News' Jina Moore reports from Cambodia.
Rock Hudson was desperately trying to get treatment for AIDS in France in 1985. Much of that story has been told, but one part hasn’t: After a simple plea came in for White House help to get Hudson transferred to another hospital, First Lady Nancy Reagan turned down the request.
After decades of being at the forefront of the marijuana legalization movement, California has been left in the dust by other states. Infighting between activists may turn 2016 into another losing year.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Tim Stelloh chronicles the search for the lost victims of one of America's most infamous serial killers. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.
His former crew put him in prison. Prosecutors and detectives made sure he stayed there.
Thirty-five years after Chicago's infamous "killer clown" was convicted for murdering 33 men, eight of John Wayne Gacy's victims remained unidentified. Jason Moran, Cook County's one-man cold case unit, has made it his mission to find those names, exposing what has been called our criminal justice system's "silent mass disaster."
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How did a tough-on-immigrants sheriff wind up convicted for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens? Jimmy Metts, the longest-serving sheriff in South Carolina, exploited the contradictions between anti-immigrant sentiment and the need for cheap, undocumented labor.
This week for BuzzFeed News, Amanda Shapiro explores the tanned, toned world of competitive bikini bodybuilding. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed and around the web.
Twenty-six-year-old Ashley Kaltwasser is the reigning world champion of a polarizing new bodybuilding competition that raises questions about attainable female body image while cultivating a massive following on social media. But the LeBron James of #BikiniCompetitor culture doesn't have the answers — she's busy trying to make history.
The publishing industry's uneasy embrace of Netflix-style analytics.
We’ve used the term for nearly a century. But what does it tell us about the way we label women and their work?
As Season 10 of It’s Always Sunny gears up, Olson looks ahead to what a life after Sweet Dee would be like. “Sometimes I'm like, Oh well, they just wanted a young pretty person, rather than a funny person.”