The Untold History of America’s Zero-Day Market

“The lucrative business of dealing in code vulnerabilities is central to espionage and war planning, which is why brokers never spoke about it—until now.”

Source: Wired
Published: Feb 14, 2021
Length: 18 minutes (4,708 words)

The Case for Cannibalism, or: How to Survive the Donner Party

“In other words, the revulsion to cannibalism is not innate. It’s a societal taboo without a Darwinian explanation (such as incest).3 What sets it apart from other social taboos is its remarkable power. The Donner Party might be infamous for its cannibalism, but more than a dozen members of the party starved to death rather than eat the already dead.”

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 13, 2021
Length: 15 minutes (3,893 words)

How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?

“Still, the points gave her a structure. It was a way of coping, however imperfectly, with this strange new life she was living. It was, she had calculated, the best she could do.”How Many Microcovids Would You Spend on a Burrito?

Source: Wired
Published: Jan 12, 2021
Length: 23 minutes (5,992 words)

The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine

“What happened with hydroxychloroquine was a debacle, but retelling the story might help avert the same kind of chaos next time around.”

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 11, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,745 words)

Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise

“How an obscure Turkish scientist’s obscure theoretical breakthrough helped the Chinese tech giant gain control of the future. US telecoms never had a chance.”

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 16, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,449 words)

A Nameless Hiker and the Case the Internet Can’t Crack

A friendly and charming hiker was known on the trail as “Mostly Harmless.” After his body was discovered in a tent in Florida, no one could figure out who he was.

Source: Wired
Published: Nov 2, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,323 words)

The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington

A false report on Twitter about violent leftist activists traveling by bus exploded into a call to arms. Then a bus, carrying a family and two dogs, rolled into a remote Northwestern town best known as the setting for the Twilight series. Chaos ensued.
Source: Wired
Published: Oct 8, 2020
Length: 36 minutes (9,000 words)

The Cheating Scandal That Ripped the Poker World Apart

“Mike Postle was on an epic winning streak at a California casino. Veronica Brill thought he had to be playing dirty. Let the chips fall where they may.”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 21, 2020
Length: 30 minutes (7,576 words)

In China, GitHub Is a Free Speech Zone for Covid Information

“As coronavirus news was increasingly trapped behind the Great Firewall, the programming platform became a refuge from censorship. It may not last long.”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 9, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,590 words)

The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was

“Are we autonomous, self-running machines, or is life in constant, subtle communication with the Earth, sun, moon, and even stars?”

Source: Wired
Published: Sep 1, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,581 words)