April 1997

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  • Vaccinating Against Cancer

    For more than a century researchers have hoped to enlist the body's immune system in the fight against cancer, but the markers that identify a tumor as alien long eluded them. Now, by a combination of accident and relentless logic, several researchers are closing in on ways to force tumors to show their true colors to the body's immune system.

  • Small Consolation

    On Monday, if no one in the office seemed to be glancing at her guardedly, or whispering just out of her presence, he would hope she felt protected by her new and trusted friend

  • 77 North Washington Street

    FEW travelers to Russia these days are likely to conclude -- as Jeffrey Tayler, the author of "This Side of Ultima Thule," in this issue of…

  • Letters

    Running Scared. No-Frills Jesus. Cuban Socialism. Norman Borlaug. Running Scared. Anthony King's analysis of the behavior of members of…

  • The Almanac

    Demographics. April may indeed be the "cruellest month," at least with respect to suicide rates. Suicides peak not during the Christmas…

  • Word Watch

    crind, an automatic credit-card reader, as at a gasoline pump or other point of purchase: "I drive out of my way to find a station with crinds.... I…


In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.


What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.


How Will Climate Change Affect Cities?

Urban planners and environmentalists predict the future of city life.


The Inner Life of a Drag Queen

A short documentary about cross-dressing, masculinity, identity, and performance


Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.



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