Who watches American executions, why small companies flourish, what "going to Switzerland" might mean, and more...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

For two years, the company has been working to build flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. An Atlantic exclusive.

Alexis C. Madrigal

Who Watches America's Executions?

A lawsuit seeks to force Oklahoma to record every death sentence it carries out and to allow witnesses present to observe.

Matt Ford


The Quirks of Smallness

What is it about modestly-sized companies, corporate boards, and teams that enables them to thrive?

Joe Pinsker

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria Gabriela?

Hugo Chávez's daughter is still living in Venezuela's presidential palace more than a year after his death. It may take a UN appointment to get her out.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez

I Didn't Expect to Find Pornography in My 9-Year-Old's Web History

A father-son talk in the Internet age

Dave Eagle

'Going to Switzerland' Is a Euphemism for Assisted Suicide

More and more foreigners are visiting the country's right-to-die organizations, a new study says.

Julie Beck

Jennifer Aniston: A Monomyth

Why do we care so much about Angelina and Brad getting married? Here's one theory.

Megan Garber

How Middle East Studies Professors Handle Bias in the Classroom

As they teach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instructors have to point out underlying assumptions—starting with their own.

Terrance Ross

Feature: The Man Who Made Off With John Updike’s Trash

Who really owns a great writer's legacy?

Adrienne LaFrance

Magazine: Menu Speak

On food descriptions and status anxiety

Jen Doll

Video: The Death of Film: After Hollywood Goes Digital, What Happens to Movies?

As Hollywood studios move toward digital distribution, many theaters are forced to abandon their 35mm projectors—and pay up to $150,000 for new projection technology. It's a heartbreaking for the people responsible for reels and reels of film.

In Focus: Photos of the Week: 8/24-8/29

This week we have a look at swarms of locusts in Madagascar, 31 riders on a single motorcycle, magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, Japan's tidy superhero Mangetsu-man, huge waves in California, and a gigantic French mechanical horse-dragon.

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