The Revolution Will Be Televised

TV can avoid the music industry’s fate and survive the digital age, but only by beating the Internet at its own game.

What's in a Font?

Virginia Postrel talks with Gary Hustwit—director of Helvetica—about filmmaking, creativity, and the expressive implications of one of the world's most popular typefaces

Playing to Type

A revolution in typeface design has led to everything from more-legible newspapers and cell-phone displays to extra-tacky wedding invitations.

Radio Free Everywhere

Move over, iPod: Internet radio captures the enduring magic of the medium and makes the local global.

Riders on the Storm

Can meteorologists armed with supercomputers and a few tons of soot stop a hurricane from reaching the Gulf Coast? Can they stop it without getting sued?

Simple Security

Protecting files and programs need not make you crazy—or even cost you a cent

About Facebook

By bringing order to the Web, Facebook could become as important to us as Google

The Selfless Gene

It’s easy to see how evolution can account for the dark streaks in human nature—the violence, treachery, and cruelty. But how does it produce kindness, generosity, and heroism?

Survival of the Kindest

Olivia Judson, author of "The Selfless Gene," discusses the evolutionary roots of altruism and fellow feeling

Who’s Your Daddy?

The unintended consequences of genetic screening for disease

What Was I Thinking?

Computers may not be able to make decisions for you (yet), but they can sharpen your judgment.

Group Therapy

New programs ease the frustration of working with others online.

One-Button Translation

Newly sophisticated “machine translators” let you browse foreign Web sites in real time.

The Web 2.0 Bubble

Why the social-media revolution will go out with a whimper

Thoughts on Writing This Column

James Fallows on what most surprised him about this topic and the biggest development that happened after press time.

As the World Warms

Gregg Easterbrook talks about his cover story, "Global Warming: Who Loses—and Who Wins?," and the unexpected by-products of climate change.

Crash Insurance

New programs back up everything you do— in real time, online, and automatically.


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Tag Teams

Social-search programs like Flickr and guide your Web browsing toward places you probably want to go.

The God of Small Things

Mapping the human genome wasn’t enough. Now Craig Venter is trying to create a microbe that will free us from our addiction to oil.

Microsoft Reboots

A preview of the new versions of Windows and Office

Searches, Backups, Soul of a New Program

Making Haystacks, Finding Needles

New programs let you easily categorize anything you come across on the Web or in your own files—and, more important, let you find it all again

Beyond Space Invaders

Jonathan Rauch, author of "Sex, Lies, and Video Games," talks about a new generation of innovative and emotionally complex video games.

Artificial Intelligentsia

How the Internet is fitting its users with mental eyeglasses— and letting them see new vistas of knowledge in the process


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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