Technology is about to revolutionize health care. How far will automation go? Will doctors still be necessary?
How companies have started using social scientists to probe the deepest needs, fears, and desires of consumers
What really happened to William Sparkman Jr., the census worker whose body was found hanging from a tree in Kentucky in 2009, the word FED scrawled across his chest?
The inside account of the companies, scientists, and hackers who are hunting for solutions to the scourge of online harassment
Anyone who thinks the story of Marilyn Monroe doesn't warrant such attention doesn't know much about it.
From literature to appointment television, episodic storytelling is flourishing.
Why the reelection of the first black president matters even more than his election
As opinion researchers hung up the phone and headed online last year, election forecasts grew more accurate. Has the Web-based survey finally come of age?
Studies suggest that physical perfection isn’t always advantageous.
Why not use gravity?
Just one woman links Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Bibi Netanyahu.
As our attention shifts to mobile phones—and their smaller screens—ads are becoming vastly less effective. And companies built on ad revenues, like Google and Facebook, should start to sweat.
An investigation into what inspires soooo many people to toss extra letters into their text messages
When the French blogger Sophie Fontanel embraced celibacy, readers didn’t know what to make of her.
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.
Are rising debt levels really a cause for national panic?
Over the years, the president's home has attracted an astonishing array of negative reviews from its residents.
The New Testament mentions only a single priest: Jesus. A very short book excerpt.
How to handle a whiny advice-column writer
A survey in pictures
On the 20th anniversary of the beloved Bill Murray comedy, it’s time to recognize it as a profound work of contemporary metaphysics.
The drama (and sometimes danger) of the flaming cocktail
What has happened to my most trusted traveling companion?
The long decline from Katharine Hepburn to Katherine Heigl
Two beautiful new coffee-table books—except one isn’t really a book
In 1937, the city was both a world capital of artistic ferment and a slaughterhouse.
The new Jonathan Dee novel, and the most intelligent biography of a fashion designer ever written
An archduke's assassination, suffrage for women, asteroid destruction, and more