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Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.

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OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

The $100 OLPC laptop was supposed to revolutionize education.

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The Mystery of the Killer Vacation

The tale of Chris Smith, a man who sold his company, chartered a yacht, and set off with his model girlfriend to see the world. At least, that’s what it seemed like.

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How to get rich quick in Silicon Valley

Corey Pein took his half-baked startup idea to America’s hottest billionaire factory – and found a wasteland of techie hustlers and con men

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The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far

Among those involved in David Pokora’s so-called Xbox Underground, one would become an informant, one would become a fugitive, and one would end up dead.

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The Maraschino Mogul’s Secret Life

First the red bees arrived; then the Brooklyn cherry factory’s dark secret came to light.

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Dog Fight

Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn

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Stan Lee Needs a Hero: Elder Abuse Claims and a Battle Over the Aging Marvel Creator

At 95 and reeling from his wife’s death and a fight with his daughter, Lee stands at the center of a nasty battle for his care (and estate) as one friend pleads for help: “He’s in need of a superhero himself.”

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When Sartre and Beauvoir Started a Magazine

In 1945, Les Temps modernes shocked the world with its pessimism and grim determination, and catapulted its founders into intellectual superstardom.

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The Unexpectedly Moving Story of U-God, the Least-Loved Member of the Wu-Tang Clan

“Raw,” a new memoir, feels cathartic, as U-God, born Lamont Hawkins, finds the language and perspective to reckon with his past.

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How platforms alter history

The rush to delete digital evidence of violent tendencies or ideologies is understandable, but what is the cost?

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Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women

Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail.

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How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

“Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her. But she also couldn’t quite fit into their regime.”

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When the Heavens Stopped Being Perfect

The advent of the telescope punctured our ideals about the nighttime sky.

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Why good people turn bad online

Meet the scientists finding out how we can defeat our inner trolls and build more cooperative digital societies.

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How to Write a Jeopardy Clue

What is, “very carefully?”

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Fueling the Future

Fantasies about new power sources for human ambitions go back a century or more. Could these past visions energize our own future?

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Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination

What the new documentary “Wild, Wild Country” doesn’t capture about the magnetism and evil of the Rajneesh cult

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The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

Mark Bittman and Dr. David L. Katz patiently answer pretty much every question we could think of about healthy food.

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Seeking a Roadmap for the New American Middle Class

Could Starbucks become the new General Motors? Or could the American worker make it even better?

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