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Some of America’s poorest people are being targeted by cyber-scammers. Can an errant hacker find the culprits?
How high-tech implants are being blamed for killing an entire subculture.
Olivia Fox Cabane says she can make anyone more likable—for a price. But can charisma really be taught?
Five years ago, the town of Kingston, Tennessee, was overwhelmed by more than a billion tons of sludge spilled from a local power plant.
America’s largest industrial accident tore apart the town of Kingston, Tennessee. Five years later, has the industry learned anything?
Creating a moral panic about social media didn’t protect teens—it left them vulnerable
A new disease is plaguing thousands, but experts are in conflict over its origins—and whether it exists at all.
Why everyone from the Mormons to the Muslim Brotherhood is desperate for a piece of the Pharaoh
What we’re reading this week
How a rebel psychologist challenged one of the 20th century’s biggest—and most dangerous—ideas
My childhood robbed me of being a kid.
I was on survival mode every day.
Forget what you’ve heard about guns and drugs. Scientists now believe that the roots of crime may lie deep within our biology.
It’s time to rethink our nightmares about surveillance.
How Iran’s explosive expansion warns us about our overpopulated future —and shows us how to fix it.
The best stories we didn’t write: January 31
Talking about complex ideas is tough. But for this NYT columnist, doing it well is the key to greatness.
Designing your own narcotics online isn’t just easy—it can be legal too. How do we know? We did it.
The best stories we didn’t write: January 24th
The Wired and NYT Magazine writer explains how ‘intense, nutty’ poems can break your writing rut
Chinese clinics are touting “miracle” stem cell cures—and they’re making millions off sick children.
How—and why—we partnered with a Spanish-language website for our latest story.
The best stories we didn’t write: week of January 13
Study shows the streets of DC are riddled with leaky pipes—highlighting a triple threat to us all.
Cynthia Graber’s MATTER story “Electric Shock” scoops science writing prize.
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