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Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?
A skull found at a prehistoric burial site near Teouma Bay, on the island nation of Vanuatu. Credit David Maurice Smith for The New York Times Skip to…
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4 days ago
[Letter from Lancaster County] Going to Extremes | Harper's Magazine
W hen Philip Benight awoke on January 26, 2017, he saw a bright glow. “Son of a bitch, there is a light,” he thought. He hoped it meant he had died. His mind…
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8 days ago
The world’s oldest person record stood for decades. Then came a Russian conspiracy theory.
The email came just hours into the new year, landing in the inboxes of the two renowned French gerontologists who had validated the age of the oldest person…
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8 days ago
So, What Really Happened To The Cauldron? – The Cauldron
So, What Really Happened To The Cauldron ? Thinking about launching your own media startup? You might want to consider my crazy story first. Jamie O’Grady Jan…
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8 days ago
“Leave No Soldier Behind”: The Unsolved Mystery of the Soldier Who Died in the Watchtower
THE FOG OF WAR The tower at the army’s forward operating base in Asadabad, where Private Second Class Matthew Brown was found with a gunshot wound to the head.…
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13 days ago
On the Trail of the World's Most Daring Egg Smuggler
Just before noon on May 3, 2010, John Struczynski, a janitor at Birmingham Airport in the British Midlands, observed something peculiar. A balding, middle-aged…
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13 days ago
No Moods, Ads or Cutesy Fucking Icons » Time Dilation in Tel Aviv.
. None of the following events should have happened, by rights. I should never have even made it to Tel Aviv, but for some vestige of Baptist Guilt. Why, I’ve…
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28 days ago
When Your Body Says No
One day three years ago, I went for a run around Green Lake, a favorite route near my home in Seattle. It was early September, just after Labor Day, one of…
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4 weeks ago
The Rise, Lean, And Fall Of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg
The reality of Silicon Valley is that it’s commerce by any means necessary. And the reality of Sandberg is that she’s excellent at it. Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed…
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4 weeks ago
Ambient Cruelty — Real Life
Image: AutoRadio (2018) by Olga Chernysheva. Courtesy Foxy Production, New York. It is a truism, backed with some evidence, that negativity makes a person seem…
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5 weeks ago
The Worst Fire Ever—Until the Next One
Sometime before 7 A.M. on November 8, Kit Bailey, an assistant chief with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services , got a call about a new…
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5 weeks ago
The Fallout
1 Dawn Chapman first noticed the smell on Halloween in 2012, when she was out trick-or-treating with her three young children in her neighborhood of Maryland…
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Learning To Live With A Chronic Urge To Die
Y ou know what’s funny? Your jail anklet saved your life. They should put that in an advertisement. They should get a testimonial from you. If it weren’t for…
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5 weeks ago
Can Special Effects Be Special Again?
Lights, Camera, CGI All week long, Vulture is exploring how far special effects have come in Hollywood, and the ones that made us gasp. The Revenant.…
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6 weeks ago
A Tragedy in Yemen, Made in America
Abdullah Abed al-Abdeli, age 12, whose father died in an airstrike in Northern Yemen. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times Tracing an airstrike halfway around…
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6 weeks ago
The Last Word On Nothing | Oh, To Follow the Road That Leads Away From Everything
Share Mail Driving in a foreign country is a good way to turn your head inside out. It shakes the cobwebs and forces you to rearrange the heavy furniture of…
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6 weeks ago
The Search for Alien Life Begins in Earth’s Oldest Desert
Zoë van Dijk M ary Beth Wilhelm’s right arm shot out of the passenger window, and the convoy of vehicles behind her crunched to a stop. Spread among two trucks…
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6 weeks ago
What Fundamentalists Do
Virgie Townsend Mom is taking me to a new church to be prayed over. Ordinarily, we’re not supposed to go to non-fundamentalist churches because fundamentalists…
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6 weeks ago
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche
Draw me your map of utopia and I’ll tell you your tragic flaw. In 10 years of political reporting I’ve met a lot of intense, oddly dressed people with very…
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6 weeks ago
How Incarcerated Parents Are Losing Their Children Forever
Video by Emily Kassie and Sutton Raphael Photography by Emily Kassie Additional reporting by Alysia Santo Graphic by Anna Flagg FEATURE | Filed 10:00 p.m.…
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7 weeks ago
The World in Its Extreme (Part Three)
The World in Its Extreme (Part Three) The online version of this article appears in three parts. Click here to goto part one. Click here to goto part two. D…
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7 weeks ago
The World in Its Extreme (Part Two)
The World in Its Extreme (Part Two) The online version of this article appears in three parts. Click here to goto part one. Click here to goto part three. Life…
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7 weeks ago
The World in Its Extreme - 91.11
The World in Its Extreme - 91.11 N O V E M B E R 1 9 9 1 It is the hottest place in the world, and the driest. It is home to thrivingcommerce and to desperate,…
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7 weeks ago
A Business With No End
Where does this strange empire start or stop? Where does this strange empire start or stop? By JENNY ODELL Part I: Zooming Out 1. Orders and Fulfillment 2. The…
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8 weeks ago
California fire: What started as a tiny brush fire became the state's deadliest wildfire. Here's how
Before there was a spark, there was the wind. On the morning of Nov. 8, as the sun rose over the isolated mountains in the Sierra Nevada, gale-force winds tore…
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9 weeks ago
I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It.
I n my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich’s in Portland, Oregon. Under the restaurant name, it says “Great hamburgers since 1949.” The mug was given to me…
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9 weeks ago
Becoming Anne Frank
People love dead Jews. Living Jews, not so much. This disturbing idea was suggested by an incident this past spring at the Anne Frank House, the blockbuster…
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9 weeks ago
Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis
Facebook has gone on the attack as one scandal after another — Russian meddling, data sharing, hate speech — has led to a congressional and consumer backlash.…
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9 weeks ago
Love Letters From the Battlefield
T he silence was broken by rapid staccato. Tap. Tap, tap, tap. Not gunfire but anxious fingers typing words onto creamy white paper with Canadian Legion War…
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10 weeks ago
Trump Warns That Florida Recount Could Set Dangerous Precedent of Person With Most Votes Winning
Photograph by Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty WASHINGTON ( The Borowitz Report )—Calling for an “immediate end” to the recount in Florida, Donald J. Trump warned on…
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10 weeks ago
Water in the desert
“I had no idea how many people had died. I had no idea the extent of the humanitarian crisis.” In the lead-up to the US midterm elections, President Donald…
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10 weeks ago
The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome
Victims felt bursts of sound and pressure that left them dizzy and racked with headaches. No known cause seemed to fit. Illustration by Bianca Bagnarelli In the…
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10 weeks ago
My Father's SOS—From the Middle of the Sea
My father’s e-mail didn’t make much sense, but he seemed to be saying that pirates had boarded his boat. “Being kidnappedby filmcompany Deep south blackcult…
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10 weeks ago
The Man Who Broke Politics
Newt Gingrich at the Academy of Natural Sciences, in Philadelphia Amy Lombard Updated on October 17, 2018 Newt Gingrich is an important man, a man of refined…
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10 weeks ago
What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?
Credit Photo illustration by Paul Sahre Skip to contentSkip to site index Feature New research is zeroing in on a biochemical basis for the placebo effect —…
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11 weeks ago
Inside Tesla’s factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers
When a worker gets smashed by a car part on Tesla’s factory floor, medical staff are forbidden from calling 911 without permission. The electric carmaker’s…
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11 weeks ago
Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Illustration by Ben Wiseman On a sunny afternoon in May, 2015, I joined a dozen other surgeons at a downtown Boston office building to begin sixteen hours of…
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11 weeks ago
Trapped by the ‘Walmart of Heroin’
Drug users under the Kensington Avenue underpass. Credit Jeffrey Stockbridge for The New York Times Skip to contentSkip to site index Feature A Philadelphia…
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october 2018
The meth lunches
There is a meth addict eating chicken yakitori on our back patio. Actually, we are all eating chicken yakitori — me, my husband, David, our girls, Lucy, who is…
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october 2018
Devin Nunes’s Family Farm Is Hiding a Politically Explosive Secret
Devin Nunes has a secret. Nunes is the California Republican and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has become famous in the Trump era for using…
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october 2018
Can the Squid Hunter Capture the Sea’s Most Elusive Creature?
On a moonless January night in 2003, Olivier de Kersauson, the French yachtsman, was racing across the Atlantic Ocean, trying to break the record for the…
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september 2018
‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team
C hris Christie noticed a piece in the New York Times – that’s how it all started. The New Jersey governor had dropped out of the presidential race in February…
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september 2018
The In-Between Space | Hazlitt
Image from Library and Archives Canada via Wikimedia In grade four, our class was located in a portable about a hundred metres beyond the school’s back door. A…
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september 2018
Varieties of Beef | Hua Hsu
In 1931 Pearl S. Buck published the novel The Good Earth . Buck was born in the United States but raised in China, the daughter of fervent missionaries from…
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september 2018
The Disappeared
T he string of text messages that would come to haunt Carlota Moran seemed like just an annoyance at first — an interruption to what was supposed to be a…
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september 2018
How Asia Got Crazy Rich
True to its title , Crazy Rich Asians features two hours of Asian people doing crazy and rich things. They purchase million-dollar-plus earrings; they fly…
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september 2018
A Father Took His 10-Year-Old Fishing. She Fell in the Water and Drowned. It Was a Tragic Accident — Then He Was Charged With Murder.
Last summer I got an email from a man whose reputation, and voice, preceded him. His name is Eric Nadel, and as the veteran commentator for the Texas Rangers…
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september 2018
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not.
The house of Vanessa Solivan’s mother, right of garden. Credit Credit Devin Yalkin for The New York Times V enessa Solivan and her three children fled their…
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september 2018
How Rudy Giuliani Turned Into Trump’s Clown
Although it has been almost a generation since Rudolph Giuliani was the mayor of New York, there is one place in the city where he still presides: the Grand…
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september 2018
The incredible, rage-inducing inside story of America's student debt machine
Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. When Leigh McIlvaine first learned that her student loan debt could be forgiven, she was…
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september 2018
The Doting Boyfriend Who Robbed Armored Cars
This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue with the headline “The Sting,” and originally appeared on the web with the headline "The Doting Father…
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september 2018
The Fall of Travis Kalanick Was a Lot Weirder and Darker Than You Thought
A year ago, before the investor lawsuits and the federal investigations, before the mass resignations, and before the connotation of the word “Uber” shifted…
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september 2018
'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'
Pauline Dakin's childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn't allowed to talk about her family life with…
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september 2018
The Man Who Walked Backward
A man in Abilene walks this morning, like every morning, down a bone-dry farm-to-market road outside town. He is out before the sun because he walks backward.…
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september 2018
Could This 36-Year-Old Indiana Mayor Topple Trumpism?
Pete Buttigieg is perpetually on the move. When the South Bend, Indiana, mayor spoke to Rolling Stone last Wednesday, he was en route to a local speaking gig…
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august 2018
Rebecca Solnit: Why the President Must Be Impeached
The other evening, when the air quality had become too poor to go outside because my state was burning, sitting in a window facing another of those apocalyptic…
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august 2018
How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves
T he first time Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja ever heard voices on the radio, he panicked. “Fuck,” he remembers thinking, “those people have been inside there a long…
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august 2018
Bret, Unbroken
May 31, 2013 Story Update Y ou know what people think. They see jeans too short and winter coat too shiny, too grimy, and think, homeless . They watch a credit…
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august 2018
Snowbound | Outside Online
As Stephen Olshansky hiked south through alpine Colorado in the crackling beauty of autumn 2015, he knew he was playing chicken with the arrival of winter. He…
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august 2018
How a Transplanted Face Transformed a Young Woman’s Life
This story is difficult to look at. Yet we are asking you to go on the remarkable journey of how a young woman received a face transplant because it reveals…
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august 2018
California Burning
Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8 by Heather Hansen Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future by Edward Struzik Burning Planet: The Story of Fire…
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august 2018
The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life
Credit Illustration by Michael Houtz On Nov. 3, 1977, a new scientific revolution was heralded to the world — but it came cryptically, in slightly confused…
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august 2018
A New Citizen Decides to Leave the Tumult of Trump’s America
Illustration by Eleni Kalorkoti I have been thinking lately about a letter that I received from President Barack Obama in the fall of 2011. In it, he offered me…
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august 2018
Penn Jillette on Magic and the Alleged Trump Celebrity Apprentice Tapes
Photo: Bobby Doherty The long and successful career of Penn Jillette, the bigger half (physically and personality-wise) of the magic duo Penn & Teller, itself…
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august 2018
Hiroshima
A hundred thousand people were killed by the atomic bomb. Survivors wonder why they lived when so many others died. Photograph from Rolls Press / Popperfoto /…
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august 2018
Postcards from the Edge
All roads in Butte, Montana , lead to Barb, because she is the keeper of the Pit. Not a barbecue pit, not a beach volleyball pit, not a bone pit. Something far…
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august 2018
Life as a North Korean living in the South.
Years ago in Yonsa, a small North Korean town near the Chinese border, residents gathered to watch a man die. Executioners tied him by his neck, chest, and…
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august 2018
“I Have a Secret. My Father Is Steve Jobs”: Lisa Brennan-Jobs Recalls Memories of Her Famous Father
Lisa Brennan-Jobs on her father’s lap in the Palo Alto home she shared with her mother, 1987. Photograph courtesy of Grove Atlantic. T hree months before he…
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august 2018
The Big Business of Being Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow. Credit Amanda Demme for The New York Times By O n a Monday morning in November, students at Harvard Business School convened in their classroom…
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july 2018
In 1982, a Family Disappeared From Their Valley Home—What Happened to the Salomons?
W e found the front door locked and the house dark. Not even the front porch light flickered that warm evening when my mom and I walked five doors over to the…
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july 2018
Tesla’s Model 3 Is Elon Musk’s Hell
On July 1, Elon Musk went home to sleep. The chief executive of Tesla Inc. had been camping out at his electric car factory in Fremont, Calif., for much of the…
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july 2018
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Debt to Me | M.H. Miller
On Halloween in 2008, about six weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, my mother called me from Michigan to tell me that my father had lost his job in the sales…
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july 2018
‘Nothing to worry about. The water is fine’: how Flint poisoned its people
O n a hot day in the summer of 2014, in the Civic Park neighbourhood where Pastor R Sherman McCathern preached in Flint, Michigan, water rushed out of a couple…
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july 2018
How the Disposable Straw Explains Modern Capitalism - The Atlantic
MirageC / Getty A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it.…
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july 2018
“Frog and Toad”: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love
In 1974, four years after publishing his first children’s book about the close friendship between Frog and Toad, the author and illustrator Arnold Lobel told…
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july 2018
The A.C.L.U.’s Fight to Reunite Families Separated Under Trump
Ms. L., a 39-year-old Congolese woman, whose daughter S. was taken from her in November 2017 by ICE. Credit Katy Grannan for The New York Times O n the morning…
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july 2018
Aztec moral philosophy didn’t expect anyone to be a saint – Sebastian Purcell | Aeon Essays
When Halloween rolled around last year, my wife and I were prepared to be greeted by scores of eager trick-or-treaters. Guided by the thought that too much…
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july 2018
LRB · John Lanchester · After the Fall
Some of the more pessimistic commentators at the time of the credit crunch, myself included, said that the aftermath of the crash would dominate our economic…
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july 2018
Code Red
Cases of Modelo sit on a rickety wooden table near the elevator, two laptops open to a Google sign-in sheet beside them. A few people mill around the table,…
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june 2018
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