User Behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. So why aren’t they regulated like drugs or casinos?

Saturday, November 21


The Doomsday Invention

Will artificial intelligence bring utopia or destruction?

Thursday, November 19


The Doomsday Scam

Bomb makers—including ISIS—have been on a quest to obtain red mercury, a weapon reputed to be powerful enough to “create the city-flattening blast of a nuclear bomb.” They haven’t found it yet. That might be because it doesn’t exist.


The Asteroid Hunters

It’s highly unlikely that a gigantic space rock will crash through our atmosphere and destroy civilization as we know it. But it’s not impossible either. Which is why a small but growing community of scientists and astronomers are scrambling to spot and destroy dangerous asteroids long before they hit us.

Tuesday, November 17


Stickeen: The Story of a Dog

An adventure on an Alaskan glacier with a new best friend.


Biography of a Face

The story of a transplant from a 26-year-old bike mechanic to a 41-year-old fireman with severe burns.

Saturday, November 14


English Is Not Normal

How English became the weirdest major language in modern use.

Friday, November 13


Can Sylvia Earle Save the Oceans?

“As the world’s best-known oceanographer—Sylvia is to our era what Jacques Cousteau was to an earlier one—she feels a heavy responsibility. In her lifetime, she has seen the ocean damaged in ways humans never thought it could be. The ongoing disaster leaves her mournful, desolate, and sometimes scary to talk to. Since her first dive, in a sponge-diver’s helmet in a Florida river when she was 16, she has spent 7,000 hours, or the better part of a year, underwater.”

Tuesday, November 3


The Burning Man of Birding

As the birds decline, one Icelandic island keeps throwing a rowdy, boozy puffin festival.

Tuesday, October 27


The Black-White Sleep Gap

When they go to bed tonight, white people will be five times likelier to get a good night’s sleep than African-Americans.

Monday, October 26


The Lost Girls

On the gender gap in diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Tuesday, October 20


The Strange Case of Anna Stubblefield

She told the family of a severely disabled man that she could help him to communicate with the outside world. Then she said they were in love.