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Upstract is my next small thing in the news space — made for those who miss the days when Digg 1.0 was fun, Reddit less of a political play, and content discovery all about genuine affinity and...

What to Do When the Future Feels Hopeless

Humans like to feel optimistic about and in control of where their life is headed. The pandemic has made it very hard to feel that way.

What It’s Like to Moderate a Presidential Debate

The moderator of one of Mexico’s 2018 debates on one of the most terrifying experiences in journalism.

The Mad 1920s Fad of Pole-Sitting

Forget planking – or any other useless but mildly entertaining stunts you might have seen via Tik Tok for that matter. Before all that, came the strange spectacle of pole-sitting, a fad that...

Utopia and the Power of the Conspiracy Thriller

Amazon’s new show Utopia tells the story of a plot to depopulate the earth with a pandemic. It’s just the latest paranoid drama to offer perverse comfort, writes David Jesudason.

Wall Street Lawyer Reviews Financial Crime Scenes, From "Billions" to "Mr. Robot"

Wall Street defense attorney Vinoo Varghese fact checks financial crime scenes from movies and television including 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Catch Me If Y...

How the Candy Industry Convinced Us That #HalloweenisHappening

If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised

Venice Syndrome

Venice Syndrome spots the similarities between Venice and 2 replicas of Venice (a chinese replica in Hangzhou and Las Vegas)

OnlyFans Never Wanted to Be a Sex Worker’s Paradise

Despite its reputation as sex-worker-friendly, OnlyFans has been blocking escorts and full-service sex workers. Could a peek into its murky origins reveal why?

America Is the Holy Roman Empire of the 21st Century

Elephant, Swimming

The Joker: Put on a Happy Face

Discover the origins and evolution of #TheJoker, and learn why The Clown Prince of Crime is universally hailed as the greatest comic-book supervillain of all...

9 Iconic Animals Brought Back From the Brink

The recovery of these beleaguered species proves that conservation action works.

Work on What Matters

Stories of folks reaching Staff Engineer roles.

Facebook Leaks Show Mark Zuckerberg Defending His Decisions to Angry Employees

The Verge obtained leaked audio of internal meetings

A Fatal Inconsistency in the Work of Yuval Noah Harari

Campus Week: The bestselling historian, philosopher, and darling of Silicon Valley is missing something about our scholarly search for truth

Grand Central Terminal Workers Had Secret 'Man Cave' Under New York City Landmark

"Few would have the chutzpah to commandeer a secret room beneath Grand Central Terminal and make it their very own man-cave," an official said.

'A Eureka Moment': The Airbnb for Private California Swimming Pools Is Booming

Swimply — the Airbnb for swimming pools — launched in June of 2019 and has seen usage...

Newfound Brain Structure Explains Why Some Birds Are So Smart

Circuitry of the pallium mirrors the mammalian neocortex

How QAnon Conspiracy Theories Spread in My Hometown

During the pandemic, some of the people I grew up with got sucked into QAnon and the Q-adjacent “Save the Children” movement.

The Dangers of Russia’s Vaccine Stunt

Opinion | The Russian government is exploiting a scientific win for propaganda purposes. The potential consequences are troubling.

An Intersection at the End of America

A featured essay from the Spring 2020 issue.

Swiss to Vote on Whether to End Free Movement Deal With EU

Sunday’s referendum with echoes of Brexit proposes limits on number of foreign workers

Michael Jackson’s Blood-Stained Propofol IV Drip ‘Which He Had in His Arm on Death Bed’ Auctioned Off by Singer’s Cousin

A BLOOD-STAINED IV drip from Michael Jackson’s death bed – which may have administered his final fatal dose of drug propofol – is going under the hammer. A Las Vegas memorabilia e…

How Much Gold Is There Left to Mine in the World?

Some experts believe we may have hit "peak gold" production in our pursuit of the precious metal.

12,000 Feet Up, With a Storm Coming In

A summer romp in the Tetons with Jimmy Chin and his pals.

This $1 Hearing Aid Could Treat Millions With Hearing Loss

LoCHAid can be assembled in 30 minutes with cheap parts

Why a Russian Billionaire Wants to Buy Controversial Statues That Were Taken Down

The Daring Plan to Save the Arctic Ice With Glass

The fear that action to combat climate change has been too slow has led some scientists to test unconventional methods to stem the loss of Arctic sea ice.

The Internet of Beefs

Anything that is not an expression of pure, unqualified support for whatever they’re doing or saying is received as a mark of disrespect and a provocation to conflict. 

How a Chinese Network of Fake Accounts Infiltrated Facebook

This is the first time that Facebook has taken down Chinese-based accounts for foreign interference and engagement in US politics.

World Grows Less Accepting of Migrants

As the European Union unveils a new migration pact, Gallup finds the world growing less accepting of migrants, and a number of EU countries topping the list of the least-accepting countries in the...

Sweet Display of Affection

How to Eat a Carrot

The panda is charming.

The Unlikely Endurance of the Rubik's Cube

Nearly half a century after its humble invention, the cube continues to be a global sensation. What's the secret?

Meet the Most Extreme Stars in the Universe

Some huge, some small. Some zip, some crawl. The cosmos is full of objects that defy expectations.

This Ain't My First Rodeo: America's Queer Cowboys in Pictures

Luke Gilford spent four years immersing himself in queer rodeo culture – and discovered a world where steer roping meets lip sync battles and camp glamour

Are We Living at the 'Hinge of History'?

Could right now be the most influential time ever? Richard Fisher looks at the case for and against – and why it matters.

The Future of the Middle Class

The middle class is struggling. We outline policy ideas to improve the quality of life of middle-class Americans, in the key dimensions of money, time, relationships, health, and respect.

LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman Built a Big-Money Machine to Oust Trump — Why Do Some Democrats Hate Him?

Reid Hoffman symbolizes a bigger debate over whether Silicon Valley disruption has any place in our politics.