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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...

The Powerful Decide

What makes good or bad design happen anywhere depends on who has the most power.

Have We Got Dust All Wrong?

Scientists are challenging conventional notions of how dust particles are aligned; “everything we’ve so far hypothesized about the impact of dust on the atmosphere might be misplaced.”

Dentists Fear a ‘Tsunami’ of Post-Lockdown Tooth Decay

Half of UK parents say their children have missed a check-up since restrictions began in March – survey

Swiss Voters Reject EU Immigration Curbs

Referendum called by rightwing Swiss People’s party rejected by 61.7% of voters

FedEx Teams Up With Reliable Robotics on Autonomous Cargo Planes

The logistics company is looking at putting the aircraft in "very remote and uninhabited areas" of its network, CEO Fred Smith told investors this week.

A 'Climate Anomaly' Worsened World War I and the 1918 Flu Pandemic, New Research Suggests

A once-in-a-century “climate anomaly” exacerbated the awful conditions along the Western Front in Europe during the First World War, according to new research. This unusual weather may have also...

Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal

“People are basically good” was eBay’s founding principle. But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say, a campaign to terrorize a blogger crawled out of a dark place in the corporate soul.

Good Boy Save a Fish

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Sweet Display of Affection