Sunday, January 31

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The Parrots of Serenity Park

The surprising bond between damaged birds and traumatized veterans.

Thursday, January 28

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Personal Observations on the Reliability of the Shuttle

“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”

Six months after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, a member of the Presidential commission that investigated the crash presents his personal findings.

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The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain

Phil Kennedy set out to build the ultimate brain-computer interface. In the process, he almost lost his mind.

Tuesday, January 26

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The Day the Mesozoic Died

How a father and son solved the mystery of the dinosaurs’ demise.

Monday, January 25

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Meet the Man Who Wants to be President, and Then Live Forever

A week on the campaign trail in the coffin-shaped Immortality Bus with Zoltan Istvan, the presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party.

Friday, January 22

Saturday, January 16

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The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene

How a woman whose muscles disappeared discovered she shared a disease with a muscle-bound Olympic medalist.

Sunday, January 10

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The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare

Rob Billot spent eight years defending corporate clients in environmental cases. Then Wilbur Tennant called.

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Why We Keep Playing the Lottery

“It’s just beyond our experience—we have nothing in our evolutionary history that prepares us or primes us, no intellectual architecture, to try and grasp the remoteness of those odds.”

Sunday, January 3

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Best of Luck

On realizing you’re going to die.

Thursday, December 31

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The Terrible Beauty of Brain Surgery

A visit to Albania to watch Henry Marsh perform his pioneering surgery where the patient is kept awake during the removal of a tumor and the “brain is stimulated with an electric probe, so that the surgeon can see if and how the patient reacts.”

Sunday, December 27

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Karen Silkwood — Dead Because She Knew Too Much?

She was a young plutonium worker whose Honda Civic Hatchback ran off the road and smashed into the wall of a concrete culvert. In her trunk were manila folders full of documents, which immediately went missing.