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Photo Essays

  • The Troll Hunters

    A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far?

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  • Auras: There’s an App for That

    A variety of new digital filters will make a photograph look vintage. The inauthenticity of the effect is irrelevant: it’s enough to evoke an audience’s sense of the past.

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  • Solving the Autism Puzzle

    For years scientists searched fruitlessly for the causes of autism by looking for genes shared by families prone to the disorder. Now researchers taking a new approach have begun to unlock its secrets.

  • Fun with Food

    Playful new cooking based on traditional methods and weird ingredients will supplant the industrial techniques that dominate modernist cuisine.

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  • China’s Growing Bets on GMOs

    New technology and large government research initiatives in ­genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future.

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  • Micro Chiplets

    PARC’s technique of mincing chips into printer ink could revolutionize the way electronics are made.

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  • America’s Petrochemical Landscape

    In 1998, the landscape photographer Richard Misrach roamed Louisiana to document a legacy of its petrochemical industry. In a series of stark photographs, he captured how the infrastructure of oil, gas, and chemical companies dominates the environment, running through waterways and open spaces and looming over neighborhoods. The photos seen here, along with others by Misrach, formed the basis of a 2012 book, Petrochemical America, in which the landscape architect Kate Orff also mapped the environmental damage wrought by the industry. Misrach’s photos serve as a reminder of how widely the petrochemical business encroaches, well beyond the sites where oil and gas are pulled from the earth.

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