Why machines can never beat the human mind, how skyscrapers can save the city, Justin Bieber's teenybop perfection, and more
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.
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.
An unlikely candidate may disrupt the GOP's 2012 field.
Stalin's subtropical paradise, now seeking sunbathers
Why the impoverished Sioux Nation won't take federal money
Can the CIA turn the Taliban's favorite crop into biofuel?
Qatar imports a film festival—and a Hollywood ethos.
How 3-D sound—coming soon—will change the way we hear
Gluttony dressed up as foodie-ism is still gluttony.
A memoir uses an exquisite collection of figurines to evoke one family's devastating history.
A history of the Baghdad Express illuminates the resilience of politicized Islam.
Academe on the latrine; the nuances of O'Nan; and more
Capitalize on your anti-materialism, and other advice