The Higher Life
Is a phone app really the path to spiritual enlightenment?
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
Why I Walked Out of Facial Recognition Negotiations
A privacy advocate contends that industry lobbyists are blocking rules restraining companies’ use of facial recognition to track customers, even if the companies themselves might be willing to comply.
How a Conservative Billionaire Is Moving Heaven and Earth to Become the Biggest Alternative Energy Giant in the Country
Will there be a market for all the power Phil Anschutz plans to produce on the world’s largest wind farm?
—Nanette Byrnes, Senior Editor, Business Reports
The End of Advertising as We Know It
The impact of DVRs and the Internet is causing brand advertising of the Mad Men variety to become so much less effective that it may eventually disappear, says the author of a new book on the media business.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
You’re Making This Island Disappear
An immersive and informative multimedia feature about the cost of climate change for the Marshall Islands – and what it may portend for the rest of us.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer
Addiction Is Not a Disease: A Neuroscientist Argues That It’s Time to Change Our Minds on the Roots of Substance Abuse
Why this psychologist and former addict says we’re looking at addiction through the wrong lens.
Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech to Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood
A lab in southern Oregon figured out that it could use a mass spectrometer to spot illegally harvested wood.
—Anna Nowogrodzki, editorial intern
The Underfunded, Disorganized Plan to Save Earth from the Next Giant Asteroid
Lasers? A nuclear bomb? What will we do if an asteroid is headed toward Earth?
The 50-year-old problem that eludes theoretical computer science
A solution to P vs NP could unlock countless computational problems—or keep them forever out of reach.
The moon didn’t die as early as we thought
Samples from China’s lunar lander could change everything we know about the moon’s volcanic record.
Forget dating apps: Here’s how the net’s newest matchmakers help you find love
Fed up with apps, people looking for romance are finding inspiration on Twitter, TikTok—and even email newsletters.
Inside the machine that saved Moore’s Law
The Dutch firm ASML spent $9 billion and 17 years developing a way to keep making denser computer chips.
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