Tuesday, November 12


The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago, 180,000 whales vanished from the ocean. The mystery is not who killed them, but why.

Sunday, November 10


Death at the Summit

The rise and fall of Intrade, the betting market for world events—elections, hurricanes, Academy Awards—and the death of its CEO near the top of Everest.

Saturday, November 9



An unlikely environmentalist exposes the natural gas industry’s leaky infrastructure.

Wednesday, November 6


The Nazi Anatomists

How the corpses of Hitler’s victims still haunt modern science—and American abortion politics.

Tuesday, November 5


Keep Smiling

Do dolphins and humans really share a special bond?

Monday, November 4


The Plants Respond

An interview with Cleve Backster, a former interrogation specialist with the CIA who used a polygraph machine in the 1960s to develop his theory of “primary perception,” which contends that plants have feelings.

Thursday, October 31


'I'm Showing My Son Mercy'

Ending a pregnancy in the most “pro-life” state in America.

Wednesday, October 30


The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

A profile of cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, who has spent the last 30 years trying to replicate the human mind.


Ring of Fire

Each soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan generated around 10 pounds of garbage per day. Most of that trash—along with used equipment and medical supplies and other wastes of war—was burned in open-air pits, emitting a toxic smoke that many soliders blame for their poor health today.

Tuesday, October 29


The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board

What the popular game says about our subconscious.

Monday, October 28


Safecracking the Brain

What neuroscience is learning from code-breakers and thieves.

Saturday, October 26


A Tale of Two Drugs

New medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dolllars a year. Are they worth it? A look at how a pair of pharmaceutical compainies set their prices.