The Year We Started Buying Phones Like We Buy Cars
With the demise of the two-year contract across almost all major carriers also came a change in the way Americans buy cell phones.
—Julia Sklar, interim associate Web producer
‘Detour’ Audio Tours Reveal Cities’ Fascinating Backstories
A new app offers a dose of augmented reality in the form of a kicked up audio guide. As you walk around a city, the app geolocates you and, in time with your walking pace, offers historical tidbits about the world around you that you otherwise might’ve walked past without really seeing. The only obvious downside is that it’s not available in a ton of cities yet.
From Marriage Equality to Pluto and Beyond—These Are the Things We Appreciated Most About 2015
Slate takes an interactive approach to cataloguing a year’s worth of good news.
—Brian Bergstein, executive editor
The Forgotten Father of Environmentalism
My German grandfather was fascinated by Humboldt, who turns out to have been “this first scientist to talk about harmful human-onduced climate change.”
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
The Year in Fungi
A roundup of newly found eukaryotes.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
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