March 2011

Why machines can never beat the human mind, how skyscrapers can save the city, Justin Bieber's teenybop perfection, and more


How Skyscrapers Can Save The City

As the world's mega-cities expand to the bursting point, building up rather than out becomes ever more important. But history shows that skyscrapers do more than provide space: they connect people, foster creativity— and accelerate social progress.
Interview: Why measures aimed at saving our cities may actually threaten their survival.
Infographic: The ceaseless climb of the world's skyscrapers is a story of ever-evolving challenges. Here's how we reached the heights we have—and where we might go from here.
Book Review: Benjamin Schwarz on how Louis Sullivan—arguable inventor of the skyscraper and creator of some of America's greatest buildings—is finally getting his due.

Mind vs. Machine

Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point that computers can very nearly pass for human. What are they telling us about ourselves? To find out, the author enters himself in a famous battle of wits pitting man against computer.
Slideshow: Some of humanity's fears and dilemmas resulting from technology, from the Industrial Revolution to Y2K and beyond.

Inside the Secret Service

Granted exclusive access, our correspondent follows the agency on one of its toughest assignments.
Graphic—The Presidential Motorcade: A detailed look at security detail that moves the president on the ground.


Herman Cain, the GOP Wild Card

An unlikely candidate may disrupt the GOP's 2012 field.

Boca on the Black Sea

Stalin's subtropical paradise, now seeking sunbathers

Saying No to $1 Billion

Why the impoverished Sioux Nation won't take federal money

Putting Poppies in the Gas Tank

Can the CIA turn the Taliban's favorite crop into biofuel?

Rebirth of the Guinea Hens

In the wilds of Pennsylvania, a beleaguered flock of fowl rebounds.
Video: The Atlantic's national correspondent shows off his home and his guinea hens.

Doha: The New Movie Mecca

Qatar imports a film festival—and a Hollywood ethos.

What Perfection Sounds Like

How 3-D sound—coming soon—will change the way we hear 


The Moral Crusade Against Foodies

Gluttony dressed up as foodie-ism is still gluttony.

A Remembrance of Things

A memoir uses an exquisite collection of figurines to evoke one family's devastating history.

From Berlin to bin Laden

A history of the Baghdad Express illuminates the resilience of politicized Islam.

Cover to Cover

Academe on the latrine; the nuances of O'Nan; and more


When Freedom Is Bad for Business

In Iraq, American intervention has made it extremely hard to start a business.

Daydream Believer

How Justin Bieber found teenybop perfection


Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.


Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?


Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.


The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air



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