The Best Advice Ever To A Teenage Daughter Who Needs To Make Money

She said “No” to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.


The Nepal quake: a Google Earth tour of the destruction


Staying Home

Falling for Oakland before it was hip[ster], and weathering its tech-fueled transformation.


The Very Long Letter

An introduction to the things I wish I didn’t have to explain to my Mormon son.

I want to talk to you, son, about some of the things you can see on the…


Is Garry Trudeau Right About Charlie Hebdo?

The one word journalists should add to Twitter searches that you probably haven’t considered


I’m a staff editor on the news desk of The New York Times, focused on the Watching

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How (And Why) To Travel Alone

You better get good at taking selfies.

Earlier this year, I traveled alone across Europe. In some cities I knew a friend from college, in…


Solving a Tricky Problem

What to do when Google fails you

Every once in a while when you go to Google an issue you’re having, you don’t find any good results. After closing the tab, re-opening it, and searching for the same thing 2 or 3 more times before realizing what you’re doing, you might be tempted to give up.


Futuristic Simulation Finds Self-Driving “Taxibots” Will Eliminate 90% Of Cars, Open Acres Of Public Space

A fascinating new simulation finds that self-driving cars will…

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What if our Theories are Horribly Wrong?

In 19th century London, everyone was certain that bad air caused disease. From cholera to the plague: if you were sick…


Can a quadcopter rescue a (toy)puppy from a burning building?

KaBOOOM!

The window explodes out throwing debris, flame, and A4 sheets of paper into the air. I jump, surprised at how it takes my breath away and how it seems to hit me in the pit of my stomach.

The challenge has begun. Or multi-rotor, which we call Owl-Copter is based on a Taiwanese…


Grinding Gears

PROFILE: Wheelchair Sports Camp


By Chris Faraone


Unless you count Summer Jam and other shameless showcases of hack-rap

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Lest We Remember


Ele Jenkins asks: what do Australians forget on Anzac Day?



Why can’t we read anymore?

Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains?


Last year, I read four books.


What My Cat Taught Me About Gender

The story’s become a bit of a legend (at least amongst our family and friends); my partner Craig’s mom, aunt, and uncle were on their way over for dinner…

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My LDR with an Irish Rocker Failed and I’m not Taylor Swift


In the States, a large component of our social façade is building up and maintaining a positive image. People choose to tell…


Saying Goodbye

Nothing prepares you for the exact moment when you see your loved one take their last breath.

Nothing prepares you for the utter, complete silence that follows.

That damn beeping coming from the machines that helped give them life stops. As their last breath leaves them, you might inhale and then gasp.


Nobody Famous

What it’s like to have the social network of a celebrity, without actually being famous


An Introvert’s Guide to Greeting Strangers, Vague Acquaintances, and Friends


Some years ago Harper’s magazine published a translation of a brochure for German tourists. Among its…


The Not-So Refreshing Truth About Your Water


Water plays such an important role in our lives no matter where we live. It’s a primary element of our planet’s ecosystem…


Mountain Biking at Midnight with Top Secret Night Vision Goggles

The steep trail was pitch black — could the $30K helmet used by Special Ops on night raids get us…


Flying halfway around the world for dinner

Culinary wanderlust at Fäviken Magasinet


Just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the tiny town of Järpen is a…


Hands Down on Harden, Tanking a Playoff Game and Austin the Unlikeable

Crack Conversations for Your 2015 NBA Playoffs Day 7