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China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated U.S. Companies
In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies , a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its…
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6 weeks ago
‘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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‘The wounds have never healed’: living through the terror of partition
Muslim refugees attempting to flee India sit on the roof of an overcrowded train near Delhi in September 1947.Photograph: AP I n the early 90s, I went from…
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11 weeks ago
A Quiet Revolution in Botany: Plants Form Memories
All illustrations: Sebastien Thibault. Monica Gagliano began to study plant behavior because she was tired of killing animals. Now an evolutionary ecologist at…
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11 weeks ago
How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies
Politico illustration/iStock/Wikipeida The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back. SAN FRANCISCO—In the fall of…
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july 2018
The CEO of PayPal: Managing and moving money shouldn't be a privilege of the affluent
Dan Schulman, left, the CEO of PayPal, on stage with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. - Michael…
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july 2018
Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?
Illustration by Ben Fearnley It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last…
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july 2018
America’s Mayors Sound Off
Seriously, how bad is it? We polled city leaders across the country, and here’s what they had to say. | Illustration by George Bates Over the past three years,…
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june 2018
The thought father: Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman
ES Lifestyle Newsletter One word keeps coming up in Daniel Kahneman’s conversation. It is luck. The 80-year-old Israeli-American is recognised as one of the…
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june 2018
Why the Government Sucks at Making Websites
Illustration: Angelica Alzona (Gizmodo) In April, the day before taxes were due, the IRS ’ online filing system failed , just as procrastinators were settling…
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june 2018
Laurene Powell Jobs is investing in media, education, sports and more. What does she want?
Laurene Powell Jobs — like the inventors and disrupters who were all around her — was thinking big. It was 2004, and she was an East Coast transplant — sprung…
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june 2018
‘The Baton Got Dropped’: Obama Alums Run to Finish What He Started
In 2017, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan became the first Obama alum to win election since he left office. | Elaine Thompson/AP Photo Across the country, Obama-era…
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june 2018
Univision Is A Fucking Mess
Illustration: Jim Cooke This is the story of how corporate raiding, complacency, excess, and incompetence are gutting a media company that matters to tens of…
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may 2018
The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads - The Washington Post
What if someone had already figured out the answers to the world's most pressing policy problems, but those solutions were buried deep in a PDF, somewhere…
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april 2018
Even in Trump's White House, being nice can pay off
Inside the White House, Johnny DeStefano (third from left) has developed a reputation as someone who gets along with almost everyone, but is comfortable enough…
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march 2018
My Life In the Elusive Green Economy
The earth is excellent. It’s the only planet with Netflix, Coca-Cola and my kids. I worry about how we’re broiling it with greenhouse gases, how its ice caps…
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march 2018
The Genocide the U.S. Didn’t See Coming
Szymon Barylski for Politico Magazine Barack Obama was determined to open up to Myanmar. Now the country’s military is slaughtering its most vulnerable ethnic…
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march 2018
The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio review – why feelings are the unstoppable force
Skin trade: Homeostasis, 2005-2006, by Liza Lou. Homeostasis is the key word throughout the book.Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian N ietzsche would have…
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february 2018
China emerges as a serious player in humanitarian aid
Xi Jinping, president of the China. Photo by: Jean-Marc Ferré / United Nations / CC BY-NC-ND NEW YORK — China is becoming a bigger player in humanitarian aid…
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february 2018
Tech Support for an Ailing Planet
Illustration by KTSDESIGN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOLUTIONS | 01.30.18 Tech Support for an Ailing Planet With the threats of poaching and deforestation mounting,…
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february 2018
How to Turn a Red State Purple (Democrats Not Required)
ka, with its 17 hours of sunlight, before starting the White House internship he’d lined up in the fall, then returning to Yale in the spring to finish his…
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january 2018
In Latin America, John Kelly trained for a job serving Trump
From left: Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, the top officer in Colombia’s armed forces, and Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón were two of the Colombian officials…
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january 2018
American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened
O ld Mohawk paper company lore has it that in 1946, a salesman named George Morrison handed his client in Boston a trial grade of paper so lush and even, so…
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january 2018
The Real Future of Work
Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it. | Illustration by Chris Gash In…
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january 2018
A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas
Europeans arriving in the New World met people all the way from the frozen north to the frozen south. All had rich and mature cultures and established…
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december 2017
Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds
Alarming findings … Keir Dullea in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.Photograph: MGM/Sportsphoto/Allstar US academics find words such as ‘airlock’ and…
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november 2017
We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention
The Stranger B ack in January, I e-mailed Dr. Greg Johnson, organizer of Northwest Forum, Seattle’s hottest closed-door white nationalist convention, asking for…
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october 2017
Enemy Lurks in Briefings on Afghan War: PowerPoint
A PowerPoint diagram meant to portray the complexity of American strategy in Afghanistan certainly succeeded in that aim. WASHINGTON — Gen. Stanley A.…
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october 2017
We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint
Elisabeth Bumiller has an amusing, yet serious, article in the NYT today about PowerPoint, the presentation tool which “has crept into the daily lives of…
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october 2017
What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team
L ike most 25-year-olds, Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then…
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october 2017
Apple Music's Long Game: Why Jimmy Iovine Thinks They're 'Not Even Close' to Success With Streaming
“I don’t believe that what exists right now is enough.” Jimmy Iovine, who runs Apple Music -- originally Beats, the music service and electronics business that…
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october 2017
How We Become Who We Are
Share Tweet Email When I look out my kitchen window, I see a horseshoe of snow-covered peaks, all of them higher than 12,000 feet. I see my old barn—old enough…
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september 2017
Natural Selection Made Us Anxious. Meditation Can Help.
Photo: Historical Picture Archive/Corbis via Getty Images Thanks to the guiding hand of natural selection, humans have ended up with enormous brains that let us…
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september 2017
There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley
BuzzFeed News; Getty Images The blinding rise of Donald Trump over the past year has masked another major trend in American politics: the palpable, and perhaps…
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september 2017
Apple Explains How It’s Making Siri Smart Without Endangering User Privacy
I wake up and put on my Apple Watch, and while I’m making coffee, I look down and see that traffic could be gnarly on the way to work, so I move a little…
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september 2017
Is Socially Responsible Capitalism Losing?
Illustration by Golden Cosmos In December, 2015, a new startup called Juno entered the ride-hailing market in New York City with a simple proposition: it was…
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september 2017
São Paulo
The wobbly mushroom flan at D.O.M., the only restaurant in Brazil with two Michelin stars, comes laden with onion caramel and crispy rice. So far, so delicious.…
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september 2017
Study Links Healthy Weight in Children With Tough Snack Laws
Adolescents in states with strict laws regulating the sale of snacks and sugary drinks in public schools gained less weight over a three-year period than those…
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september 2017
An Unexpected Lesson from Mandela: Why Context Matters
During this time of global contemplation on the deep legacy of Nelson Mandela, I realized I have my own connection to this “giant of history,” which traces back…
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august 2017
China is using technology abandoned by the U.S. to build the nuclear plant of the future
In February I flew through the interior of a machine that could represent the future of nuclear power. I was on a virtual-reality tour at the Shanghai Institute…
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august 2017
Alice Waters on Sex, Drugs and Sustainable Agriculture
Alice Waters has not shopped in a conventional grocery store for 25 years. She visited this farmers market in Denver in July. Ryan David Brown for The New York…
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august 2017
As Coding Boot Camps Close, the Field Faces a Reality Check
In the last five years, dozens of schools have popped up offering an unusual promise: Even humanities graduates can learn how to code in a few months and join…
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august 2017
Taking Down Terrorists in Court
Ahmad has probably spent more hours with Al Qaeda members and other terrorists than any other American prosecutor. Photograph by Pari Dukovic for The New Yorker…
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august 2017
From Lightbulbs to Mutual Funds: Tim Harford on Inventions That Changed the Modern Economy
Economist and journalist Tim Harford is well-known in his native England and beyond for his long-running Financial Times column, The Undercover Economist ,…
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august 2017
Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America
The Rotunda and the surrounding campus of the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, have been the site of various racially charged incidents over the…
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august 2017
Lord of the WASPs | VQR Online
My grandmother bought her first island in 1952. It was eight acres in the shape of a meaty drumstick, a hunk of sunbaked granite off the eastern shore of the…
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august 2017
In Search of Lost Time
It is, all told, a strange summer. Down the street from my apartment, children play inside of plastic bags. Glaciers shed ice the size of Manhattan. Scientists…
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august 2017
Ada Lovelace, the First Tech Visionary
When Ada Lovelace was twelve years old, she wanted to fly. She approached the problem methodically, examining birds and investigating various materials that…
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august 2017
Uncanny Valley
M orale is down. We are making plenty of money, but the office is teeming with salespeople: well-groomed social animals with good posture and dress shoes, men…
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august 2017
Opinion | How to Make Fun of Nazis
Counter-protesters at a K.K.K. rally in Charlotte, N.C., in 2012. Yash Mori For decades, Wunsiedel, a German town near the Czech border, has struggled with a…
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august 2017
The Chilling Effects of Openly Displayed Firearms
It could have been so much worse. Like ISIS attackers in Europe, the Charlottesville murderer used a car as his assault weapon. But Charlottesville this past…
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august 2017
Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’
Photograph: Steve Schofield for the Guardian O ne night in London in 2005, a woman said a surprisingly eerie thing to Monica Lewinsky . Lewinsky had moved from…
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august 2017
The Greatest Mystery Finally Solved: Who Makes Trader Joe’s Snacks?
Mark Gardiner was a former VP of marketing and an advertising consultant before taking a job as a crew member at a Trader Joe’s store in Kansas City six years…
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august 2017
When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism
C hris Hughes was a mythical savior—boyishly innocent, fantastically rich, intellectually curious, unexpectedly humble, and proudly idealistic. My entire career…
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august 2017
Norms and Cliffs in Trump’s America
Deflecting the discourse into one about norms, when we are really talking about premises and principles, is one more way of normalizing President Trump’s…
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august 2017
The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice
Ilphaz Khan, 24, communicates via voice text with a family member on WhatsApp at a New Delhi railway station. The internet’s global expansion is entering a new…
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august 2017
How We Should Respond to Photographs of Suffering
Several years ago, while staring at a photograph of torture on the frontpage of the newspaper, I began seriously asking myself a question thatmany people had…
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august 2017
Opinion | The 30-Something’s Guide to Real Estate
Katherine Lam LINCOLN, NEB. — My parents threw me a surprise party when I graduated from college. I was the first in my family to do so, and it was, in many…
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august 2017
A Baccarat Binge Helped Launder the World’s Biggest Cyberheist
For someone supposed to be laundering millions of dollars in stolen funds, with investigators from three countries scrambling to track the money, Ding Zhize was…
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august 2017
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
O ne day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was…
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august 2017
Patagonia's Big Business of #Resist
Share Tweet Email On February 16 of this year, the outdoor industry transformed. This wasn’t due to a first ascent, a remarkable new piece of gear, or some…
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july 2017
Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” as a Parable of Our Time
In 2012, I was a high-school English teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland, when Trayvon Martin, a boy who looked like so many of my students, was killed…
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july 2017
The Rise of Pirate Libraries
Only a tiny fraction of the world’s knowledge. (Photo: David Iliff/CC-BY-SA-3.0 ) All around the world, shadow libraries keep growing, filled with banned…
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july 2017
Germans are learning to love Germany again, and Merkel takes note
During a party meeting in June 2017, a cameraman films an election campaign poster featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a caption that reads, “For a…
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july 2017
LRB · Jamie Martin · Nudged: Nudge Theory
Buy The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed the World by Michael Lewis Allen Lane, 362 pp, £25.00, December 2016, ISBN 978 0 241 25473 8 In 1975, as…
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july 2017
At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War
NOIDA, India — The madams in the luxury gated community went to yoga classes and toddler playgroups; the maids soundlessly whisked away dirty dishes and soiled…
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july 2017
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What is happening to the world economy ? Here are some answers, in seven charts. They reveal a world undergoing profound changes. The most important…
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july 2017
A chat with the directors of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an important game. For one, it’s the key launch title for Nintendo’s ambitious new platform, the Switch,…
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july 2017
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Anand Giridharadas @ AnandWrites Mahagun Moderne. Yoga. Shanties. Envy. Back pay. Imprisonment. Iron rods. History-sheeters. Wipers. Okra. Bones.When India's…
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july 2017
Modern Economists: The Inept Firefighters’ Club
Suppose that our fire department was staffed with out-of-shape incompetents who didn’t know how to handle a fire hose. That would be really bad news, but it…
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july 2017
Where the Left Went Wrong—and How It Can Win Again
Twenty years ago, in a series of lectures on the history of American civilization, the philosopher Richard Rorty offered a prediction. His words languished in…
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july 2017
France Is Taking a Lesson in Culture From Silicon Valley
Advertisement Business Day Image The Station F start-up incubator in Paris. Credit Roberto Frankenberg for The New York Times PARIS — One thousand start-ups in…
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july 2017
China Is About to Bury Elon Musk in Batteries
As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have…
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july 2017
Why Roman concrete still stands strong while modern version decays
Scientist Marie Jackson has said Swansea lagoon’s seawall should be built using Roman concrete.Photograph: Tidal Lagoon Power/PA Their structures are still…
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july 2017
The South Park Commons Fills a Hole in the Tech Landscape
South Park Commons in San Francisco is the tech world’s answer to a French salon. Jason LeCras for The New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Ruchi Sanghvi was the…
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july 2017
America’s Future Is Texas
When Frederick Law Olmsted passed through Texas, in 1853, he became besotted with the majesty of the Texas legislature. “I have seen several similar bodies at…
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july 2017
Orion Magazine | Speaking of Nature
A CEMETERY SEEMED AN ODD PLACE to contemplate the boundaries of being. Sandwiched between the campus and the interstate, this old burial ground is our cherished…
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july 2017
How We Save Face--Researchers Crack the Brain's Facial-Recognition Code
Credit: harpazo_hope Getty Images Our brains have evolved to recognize and remember faces. As infants, one of the first things we learn is to look at the faces…
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july 2017
Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: Scenes to Help You (Try to) Understand Venezuela · Global Voices
“Water and Gas”. Photo by Flickr User Sin.Fronteras . Used under CC 2.0 license. This post is the third of a series originally published by the author on…
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july 2017
We Could Have Been Canada
And what if it was a mistake from the start? The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States of America—what if all…
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july 2017
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