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Our film critic Stephanie Zacharek watched @boburnham’s debut film, Eighth Grade—in which newcomer @elsiekfisher gives a splendid performance as a #girl making the leap from middle school to #highschool—with her heart in her throat. What terrible thing was going to happen? What great trauma would befall her at this vulnerable age? But there’s no disaster of that sort in @eighthgrademov; this lovely young woman to be just has to get through one of the most ego-­deflating stages of life, and that’s hard enough. Burnham’s #movie—­perceptive, affectionate, ­unsentimental—hits every note just right and is one of the 10 Best Movies of 2018. See the full list on TIME.com. Photograph by @danieldorsa for TIME

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In @bandrybarry's gorgeously crafted adaptation of James Baldwin’s piercing novel, KiKi Layne (@kikilayne) and Stephan James (@tdotsteph)—photographed in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 27—play young lovers­ (and expectant ­parents) torn apart by a false accusation. 'If Beale Street Could Talk' (@bealestreet) works on multiple levels, writes our #film critic Stephanie Zacharek: it’s a beautiful #movie about young people and a sharp indictment of a criminal-­justice system that’s anything but just. @iamreginaking gives a superb supporting #performance as a mother who can’t bear to see her child, and the man she loves, suffer; through sun and shadow she bears witness to the couple’s devotion. @bealestreet is one of the 10 Best Movies of 2018. See the full list on TIME.com. Photograph by @nate_nate for TIME

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In the future, #clothes will adapt to people—not the other way around. At least, that’s the promise of #ZOZOSUIT, the flagship product from @zozoglobal, a Japanese retailer. The stretchy black #bodysuits are covered in white dots, which enables consumers to make a “3-D scan” of their bodies in the comfort of their own home, via a companion mobile app. Users can then order custom-fit clothes—such as $58 jeans and $22 T-shirts—based on a set of super-specific measurements. “This is a new era,” says ZOZO founder and CEO @yusaku2020, whose larger goal is to do away with #fashion’s long-held idea of standardized sizing, which often excludes many #body types. Since its launch in Japan in April, ZOZO has shipped over 1 million ZOZOSUITs; now the brand is looking to expand its customization technology into footwear. See the full list of 50 groundbreaking #inventions that are changing the way we #live, #work, #play and #think about what’s possible, on TIME.com.

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We’re living in the middle of a #robotics revolution, but the most capable #machines are generally available only to wealthy corporations. The German-based robotics firm @frankaemika is changing that with the Panda, an $11,000 (roughly) easy-to-program #robotic arm designed for small businesses. Able to move in seven axes and designed with a smart sense of “touch,” the Panda can help conduct #science experiments, build circuit boards or pretest equipment. Two Panda arms can even work together to build a third. And while the Panda isn’t designed for personal use, something similar could eventually offer a helping hand at home, chopping food in the kitchen or assisting the elderly with difficult tasks. “We believe that robots will have a similar success story as personal computers,” says Franka Emika’s CEO and co-founder, Simon Haddadin. See the full list of 50 groundbreaking #inventions that are changing the way we #live, #work, #play and #think about what’s possible, on TIME.com.

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Nighttime #adrenaline junkies can now glow in the dark, thanks to the Solar Charged Jacket ($350) from Vollebak, a U.K.-based sports-gear startup. The #jacket’s phosphorescent membrane absorbs light during the day and releases what @vollebaksports founder Steve Tidball calls “kryptonite green energy” after sunset. Part of the jacket’s appeal, of course, is novelty: because it can absorb light from almost any source, wearers can, for example, trace patterns on its surface using an iPhone flashlight. But it’s also helpful from a safety standpoint, allowing #runners and #hikers to be visible after dark. And should something bad happen in a remote area, Tidball adds, “it’s nice to know that rescuers can spot you.” See the full list of 50 groundbreaking #inventions that are changing the way we #live, #work, #play and #think about what’s possible, on TIME.com. Photograph by @andrewbmyers for TIME

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For decades, we have been promised lab-grown #diamonds that are brilliant, affordable and free from the environmental pitfalls of diamond mining. But their makers have struggled to deliver quality stones at scale. The @diamondfoundry has an edge: its new hydro-powered plasma reactor in Wenatchee, Wash., constructs diamonds using a fraction of the energy of other methods, including mining. As a result, the facility can churn up to 1 million carats of diamond every year, enough for nearly 500,000 average-size #engagementrings. That speed, the company says, makes it possible for lab-grown diamonds to be cost-effectively produced at mining scale for the first time. @diamondfoundry stones (which range from a few hundred dollars to more than $30,000) are gem-quality, and the company recently partnered with @apple’s Jony Ive to create an all-diamond ring to raise money for charity. See the full list of 50 groundbreaking #inventions that are changing the way we #live, #work, #play and #think about what’s possible, on TIME.com. Photograph by @andrewbmyers for TIME

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Every year, @time highlights the Best Inventions that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun. To assemble our 2018 list, we solicited nominations across a variety of categories from our editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. Then @time evaluated each contender based on key factors, including originality, #creativity, #influence, #ambition and effectiveness. The result: 50 groundbreaking #inventions that are changing the way we #live, #work, #play and #think about what’s possible. See the full list—this week’s International cover—on TIME.com. Photo-illustration by @andrewbmyers for TIME

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Firefighters help raise an #American flag in honor of Sgt. Ron Helus at the Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, Calif., on Nov. 15. Helus was killed after responding to the Nov. 7 mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, where a gunman killed 12 people before turning the weapon on himself. Authorities say Helus saved others by immediately exchanging gunfire with the shooter, creating an opportunity for customers and employees to flee. In a 90-minute memorial service, the Associated Press reports, the 54-year-old sheriff’s sergeant was remembered as a deeply religious and selfless man who was devoted to his family. Photograph by Barbara Davidson (@photospice)—@gettyimages

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Miriam Castillo Castillo, next to her young niece, speaks with a border officer after crossing the river to McAllen, Texas, on Sept. 25; members of their group said they were fleeing politically motivated violence at home. In October, agents arrested 50,975 #migrants along the southwestern border—23,121 were family units, marking the highest one-month total on record. But as much as hard-liners may want to arrest all of them, #immigration lawyers and advocates argue that prolonged detention of #asylum seekers simply won’t work. They admit detention can deter some migrants, but only at great cost. First, @aclu_nationwide has argued in lawsuits that the prolonged detention of asylum seekers violates both a 2009 ICE directive and the U.N. #Refugee Convention. Second, detaining more asylum seekers is expensive. On average, it costs $319 per person per day to detain migrant families, according to the Department of Homeland Security. With long wait times for #court dates, that will add up. Releasing migrants with ankle monitors and enrolling them in case–management programs have proved to be cheaper and more effective than detention. The Trump Administration ended one such initiative in 2017. Perhaps the most important issue, advocates say, is that the prolonged detention of asylum seekers is immoral. Many travel as families with young children and babies. Do #Americans really want to become a nation that jails hundreds of thousands of impoverished families in makeshift camps along its southern border because a portion, if released into the country, might not go through the court system to test their asylum claims? Read more on TIME.com. Photograph by @jfpetersphoto for TIME

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U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest a group of 43 Central American #migrants, including children, on a roadside in McAllen, Texas, during a predawn patrol in late September. The number of #asylum seekers has skyrocketed: In 2008, according to federal data, fewer than 5,000 people apprehended by border agents expressed fear of returning home, thereby triggering the asylum process. Ten years later, that number has soared to more than 97,000—a nearly 2,000% increase. The figure has doubled in the past two years alone, driven by the arrivals of #families and unaccompanied minors. Some #immigration-rights advocates explain this uptick by pointing at world events—environmental devastation, gang activity and political volatility in much of Central America. They say that the U.S., a nation founded by religious #refugees, is built on a proud tradition of sheltering those facing persecution and that we should make room for as many as we can, whatever the source of their fear. @realDonaldTrump and many of his supporters see things differently. They argue that our asylum laws are being exploited, that the migrants who file for refugee status are only pretending to flee oppression as a way to sneak into the country through a legal back door. The #Trump Administration is waging a policy war against asylum seekers. The political drama has fueled a deeper, more unsettling debate that gets to the heart of what kind of a country #America wants to be. Read more on TIME.com. Photograph by @jfpetersphoto for TIME

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