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The Problem with Christopher Nolan? He's Fundamentally Uninterested in Cities
What a difference four years make in the discourse of hope and change—and the course of cinematic urbanism. When The Dark Knight was released in July 2008, the junior senator from Illinois had…
Length: 22 minutes (5718 words)
The Rhino Horn Crisis and the Darknet
Image: Hein Waschefort, art by Colin Snyder Last fall, I logged into an underground message board in the anonymized recesses of the Internet they call the deep web or the dark web, in search of…
Length: 30 minutes (7550 words)
The Rhino Horn Crisis and the Darknet
Image: Hein Waschefort, art by Colin Snyder Last fall, I logged into an underground message board in the anonymized recesses of the Internet they call the deep web or the dark web, in search of…
Length: 30 minutes (7550 words)
Invasive species: The 18-km
Invasive species: The 18-km2 rat trap Ecuador has successfully eradicated invasive pigs and goats from most of the Galapagos archipelago. Now it is taking on the rats. Carolyn Jenkins/Alamy The…
Length: 10 minutes (2742 words)
Is Ecstasy the Key to Alleviating Autism Anxiety?
Autism resists both definitions and treatment within the medical community. But the strange historical interpretation of autistic behavior and symptoms has led to novel experimental treatments for…
Length: 6 minutes (1628 words)
The Soft Science of Male Enhancement Pills
Ninja Mojo is just one of many "natural" sexual enhancement supplements the FDA has warned about. Huanarpo macho powder, horny goat weed extract and semen ziziphi spinosae. Those are some…
Length: 7 minutes (1765 words)
The Great K-Hole of China
The first thing you notice are the straws: long, bright, pink-and-purple-striped, with bent necks reminiscent of childhood parties. They’re all over the place, on benches, tables and…
Length: 15 minutes (3775 words)
The City That Mining Ate
As the highest mining city in the world gets swallowed, literally, by mining, there are surprising moments of brightness. But there's no silver lining. When we stopped in La Oroya, a ribbon of a town…
Length: 9 minutes (2327 words)
How Curiosity, Luck, and the Flip of a Switch Saved the Moon Program
There was a driving rain on Cape Canaveral on the morning of November 14, 1969, as humanity's second trip to the Moon lifted off, with President Nixon in attendance, and a set of science experiments…
Length: 11 minutes (2819 words)
The Man Who Made Tetris
I’m at the wheel of a Tesla with a license plate that reads, simply: TETRIS. Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of that legendary video game, rides shotgun. "Push the gas, push the gas!" whoops…
Length: 11 minutes (2882 words)
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