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The Sound and the Fury: Inside the Mystery of the Havana Embassy

More than a year after American diplomats began to suffer strange, concussion-like symptoms in Cuba, a U.S. investigation is no closer to determining how they were hurt or by whom, and the FBI and CIA are at odds over the case.

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72 Hours of Getting Schooled in the No-Nonsense Art of Survival

Students in the Extreme Polar Training course, a two-week freeze-fest held near the Arctic Circle on Canada’s Baffin Island, learn how to live in Earth’s coldest conditions.

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The Hamburger: An American Lyric

Forget about Hamburg and the ancient Chinese text with a hamburger-like recipe; the hamburger’s origin story must plainly be from America.

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Inside North Korea’s Hacker Army

The regime in Pyongyang has sent hundreds of programmers to other countries. Their mission: Make money by any means necessary.

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No one told Babe Ruth he had cancer, but his death changed the way we fight it

The Great Bambino’s treatment came at a major turning point in medicine.

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What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

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How Delivery Apps May Put Your Favorite Restaurant Out of Business

In driving an explosion of digital food sales, platforms like Seamless and Uber Eats are cutting into restaurants’ profits.

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Staffing the Accused: Inside the Six-Month-Long Downfall of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

He denied everything. They had to decide: Who do I believe? What do I do?

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How Amazon Rebuilt Itself Around Artificial Intelligence

The Alexa voice platform and other deep learning projects have made Amazon an AI leader.

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Unpacking Forty Years of Fandom For a Losing Team

Kevin Sampsell examines his love of football — and a team that’s never won a Super Bowl.

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Local links run the world

Networks regulate everything from ant colonies and middle schools to epidemics and the internet. Here’s how they work

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The cult of Mary Beard

How a late-blossoming classics don became Britain’s most beloved intellectual

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The Lost Art of Staying Put

A million new reasons to travel are manufactured every moment. Pageants, banquets, fairs, and jamborees. Courses for this, courses for that.

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Utopic Wellness Communities Are A Multibillion-Dollar Real Estate Trend

Developers increasingly invest in neighborhoods dedicated to holistic health and wellness–and the growing industry is worth $134 billion worldwide.

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The Other People in Springfield

Imran Siddiquee considers the ways in which his identities — as a Bangladeshi-American and as a man — were shaped by growing up in the shadow of The Simpsons.

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The Invasion of the German Board Games

Their peaceful premises and intricate rule systems are changing the way Americans play—and helping shape an industry in the process.

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Bitcoin Mania

Money is a human invention. It has value because we say it does.

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Why We Wait in Lines

A sociocultural history of the line

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EXTREMELY ONLINE

What if we thought about the “on” of “online” not as a location — I’m on this raft of a website — but as a kind of being attuned, as in being turned on or being on trend?  What if instead of an escape from being “in real life,” we think of the internet as a genre or style?

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The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed

A new breed of online retailer doesn’t make or even touch products, but they’ve got a few other tricks for turning nothing into money.

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