The Community app connects A-listers with their fans—an odd proposition in the era of Covid lockdowns

Illustration of boy sitting on his bed looking at his phone. A wall of posters featuring an American flag, celebrities, stars, and drinks are behind him.
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Gary Arnold in Elkton, MD on January 29, 2021. Photography by Mengwen Cao for OneZero

To defend science, the Paranormal Challenge devises experiments to test claims of X-ray vision, telekinesis, and other paranormal abilities


Agility Robotics created a robot that could walk up stairs and carry boxes. But the main complaint from customers? It didn’t have a face.

The robot Digit. Photo: Agility Robotics


Advice from crisis psychologists, intelligence analysts, chronic illness experts, and more

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Reusable eight-by-four-foot steel cylinders, packed with wood chips, straw, and alfalfa, present an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial

Illustration: Kelsey Borch


The discovery of a chemical compound with antibiotic properties is a helpful case study in the potential — and limits — of using A.I. to develop new treatments

Photo of a researcher wearing gloves and safety gear pipetting into tubes.
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As hackers compromised world leaders’ Twitter accounts, researchers released a report on the risk tweets pose to international conflict

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They say that this experience will make us better people — but right now, I’m a mess

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Illustrations: Dominic Kesterton

An exhaustive 2,700-email analysis of donation requests, emojis, and dog pictures


The ‘news therapy’ app Sift thinks of itself as a gym, not a spa

Corinne Purtill

Journalist with words at Time, Quartz, and elsewhere. Author of Ghosts in the Forest, a Kindle Single.

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