Tuesday, December 8

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This Australian Says He and His Dead Friend Invented Bitcoin

Uncovering the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin.

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Travis the Menace

The life story of Travis the chimp and the family of tow truck operators who raised him like a human child before it all ended in tragedy.

Tuesday, December 1

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Whale Fall

On the slow death of a beached humpback whale.

Wednesday, November 25

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User Behaviour

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

Saturday, November 21

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The Doomsday Invention

Will artificial intelligence bring utopia or destruction?

Thursday, November 19

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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.

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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

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Stickeen: The Story of a Dog

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

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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

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English Is Not Normal

How English became the weirdest major language in modern use.

Friday, November 13

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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

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The Burning Man of Birding

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