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You’re Eye-to-Eye with a Whale in the Ocean. What Does It See?

A deep dive into how the most intelligent creatures in the ocean perceive their world.

Mar 2013
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When the Nerds Go Marching In

How a dream team of engineers from Facebook, Twitter, and Google built the software that drove Barack Obama’s reelection.

Nov 2012
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iPhone 5? Yawn. What Will the “Phone” of 2022 Look Like?

A romp through the weird, scary, awesome future of mobile communications.

Sep 2012
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How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world’s best accurate maps.

Sep 2012
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The Remote Control as Subversive Technology

It is no accident that we surfed channels before we surfed the web.

May 2012
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The Perfect Milk Machine

Dairy scientists are the Gregor Mendels of the genomics age, developing new methods for understanding the link between genes and living things, all while quadrupling the average cow’s milk production since your parents were born.

May 2012
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The Jig Is up: Time to Get past Facebook and Invent a New Future

After five years pursuing the social-local-mobile dream, we need a fresh paradigm for technology startups.

Apr 2012
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I’m Being Followed

How Google—and 104 other companies—are tracking me on the Web.

Feb 2012
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Earth Station: The Afterlife of Technology at the End of the World

The Jamesburg Earth Station is a massive satellite receiver in a remote valley in California. It played a central role in satellite communications for three decades, but had been forgotten until the current owner put it up for sale, promoting it as a great place to spend the apocalypse. It stands feet from a trailer park and down the road from a Buddhist retreat. This is the story of one of the old, weird ties between Earth and space.

Feb 2012
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Proto YouTube: How 1970s Video Collectives Anticipated Our Strange Internet

Nov 2011
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The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills

While people of all cultures experience sleep paralysis in similar ways, the specific form and intensity it takes varies from one group to the next.
Sep 2011
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Lasers for the Dead: A Story about Gravestone Technology

Jul 2011
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Revealing the Man behind @MayorEmmanuel

It was the best fake Twitter account ever, deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel, and elevating the Tweet and the f-word to the level of literature. But the mystery writer was never revealed—until now.

Feb 2011
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Telegraphs Ran on Electric Air in Crazy 1859 Magnetic Storm

Sep 2009
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DIY Botox: Site Offers Injectable Drug without Prescription—With How-To Video

Oct 2009
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Turkey Tech

Give thanks? Science supersized your turkey dinner.

Nov 2008
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The Legend of Coal Oil Johnny, America’s Great Forgotten Parable

Oct 2010
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Modern Psychedelic Scientists Find Data in Countercultural Past

Apr 2010
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What Does Your Phone Know about You? More than You Think

Figuring that I’ve got nothing to hide or steal, I’d always privileged convenience over any privacy and security protocols. Not anymore.

Apr 2011
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Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad Blueprint for a Post-Literate Future

Aug 2010
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Market Data Firm Spots the Tracks of Bizarre Robot Traders

Aug 2010
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Literary Writers and Social Media: A Response to Zadie Smith

Nov 2010
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The inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks

Jan 2011
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Why Are Spy Researchers Building a “Metaphor Program”?

May 2011