How to Protect Your Privacy Online

A new graphical warning system

The Hordes of Microbes Inside Your Body Are Your Friends

An interview with the synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis

How New York Is Reinventing the Phone Booth

An urban renaissance for public telephones

What If We Never Run Out of Oil?

New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a nightmare.

Learning to Live With Fossil Fuels

We can't address climate change without carbon reduction, but we also can't afford to neglect a vital second option: carbon capture.

The Touch-Screen Generation

Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?

Mars, Our First Outpost on the Final Frontier

James Fallows talks with space entrepreneur Eric Anderson about the next wave of space exploration.

War Machine: Iron Man–Like Exoskeletons and the Army of the Future

Technical advances may make upper-body strength less important in combat—and level the playing field for women.

How to Stop the Bullies

The angst and ire of teenagers is finding new, sometimes dangerous expression online—precipitating threats, fights, and a scourge of harrassment that parents and schools feel powerless to stop. The inside story of how experts at Facebook, computer scientists at MIT, and even members of the hacker collective Anonymous are hunting for solutions to an increasingly tricky problem.

Look Smarter

Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake talks with Alexis Madrigal about how new location-based tools will help us to see our surroundings with fresh eyes.

Bright Idea

The Places You’ll Go

Google’s Michael Jones talks with James Fallows about the future of mapping, and why you’ll never be lost again.

What Makes Her Click

Intel's Genevieve Bell talks about why we adopt some gadgets and spurn others—and why tech companies underestimate female users.

The Data Vigilante

Students aren’t the only ones cheating—some professors are, too. Uri Simonsohn is out to bust them.

Perks and Recreation

In Silicon Valley, a new wave of tech companies tries to enforce fun.

Busy and Busier

Productivity expert David Allen talks with James Fallows about the future of getting things done.

The Selfish Meme

Twitter, dopamine, and the evolutionary advantages of talking about oneself

Burning Question

Why are wildfires defying long-standing computer models?

The Measured Man

Larry Smarr, an astrophysicist turned computer scientist, has a new project: charting his every bodily function in minute detail. What he’s discovering may be the future of health care.

Idea Factories

The Right Suit

A new space suit is designed to let a skydiver fall from 120,000 feet. Could it also save astronauts’ lives?

Leave It to Beavers

Can they help us adapt to climate change?

Messing With Fate

New “social discovery” apps try to engineer chance encounters. Could they spoil true serendipity?

The Data-Driven Parent

Will statistical analytics make for healthier, happier babies—or more-anxious adults?

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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