The Loneliest Polar Bear
The life and times of Nora.
The life and times of Nora.
You’re aware America is under siege, fighting an opiod crisis that has exploded into a public-health emergency. You’ve heard of OxyContin , the pain medication to which countless patients have become addicted. But do you know that the company that makes Oxy and reaps the billions of dollars in profits it generates is owned by one secretive family?
Once, robots assisted human workers. Now it’s the other way around.
Hiroshi Ishiguro builds beautiful, realistic, uncannily convincing human replicas.
Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system.
Artificial intelligence researchers want to teach computers to make moral choices based on millions of human survey responses.
On the new art of interrogation.
T La Rock was one of the pioneers of hip-hop. But after an attack put him in a nursing home, he had to fight to recover his identity, starting with the fact that he’d ever been a rapper at all.
Daniel Kish is entirely sightless. So how can he ride a bike on busy streets? Go hiking for days alone? By using a technique borrowed from bats.
“The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront everyday.”
Not long ago the idea of repairing the brain’s wiring to fight addiction would have seemed far-fetched. But advances in neuroscience have upended conventional notions about addiction—what it is, what can trigger it, and why quitting is so tough.
An oral history of Hurricane Harvey.
For decades, “abnormal” embryos were thrown away during the IVF process. Then some pioneering doctors — and patients — decided to use them anyway.
On the fallibility of memory.
The quest to control hurricanes.
A 2016 investigation into why Houston wasn’t ready for the next big hurricane.
“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.”
The dark, tangled truths coming to light thanks to subterranean cartography.
It’s one of our most in-demand natural resources, and it’s running out.
The next big thing in the death business.
A hundred years ago, in the midst of an American food crisis, two spies who had once sworn to kill each other came together with a plan to feed America: hippo meat.
An investigation into how the American military disposes of its waste.
The author on her reverence for water.
Science predicts only the predictable, ignoring most of our chaotic universe.
On fireworks, and the “pyros” who practice the art.
In February 2010, a killer whale named Tilikum dragged his SeaWorld trainer into the pool and drowned her. It was the third time the orca had been involved in a death during his 27 years in captivity. This is his story.
A local environmental activist fights to prepare her community for life beyond mining.
Inside the economics of scientific publishing, an industry that’s somehow nearly as profitable as film and has changed the course of science in the process.
In 1937, Harvard researchers began following the lives of 268 students. Year after year, the men were interviewed and given medical and psychological exams. The goal? Find a formula for happiness.
How moonlight drives life in the ocean.