Why being smart doesn’t make you happy, how to save the Republican party, the key to curbing phone addiction, and more

The Atlantic: This WeekThursday May 5, 2016

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A DNA Sequencer in Every Pocket

A DNA Sequencer in Every Pocket

A biotech company is building devices that will allow people to decipher genes in remote jungles, at sea, or even in space—and they say they’re just getting started.

Ed Yong

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The Creatures That Remember Chernobyl

The Creatures That Remember Chernobyl

Radioactive boars and bunnies won’t let us forget about the nuclear disaster.

Ron Broglio

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Beyoncé’s <em>Lemonade</em> and the Sacredness of Sex

Beyoncé’s Lemonade and the Sacredness of Sex

With subtle songwriting, confessional lyrics, and deeply rooted politics, her new album recognizes the power of the body—and its limits.

Spencer Kornhaber

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Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

It’s a paradox: Shouldn’t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction?

Joe Pinsker

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Why Would a Teacher Cheat?

Why Would a Teacher Cheat?

Educators often choose to inflate students' scores on standardized tests, and the motivations—and effects—indicate that a little deception isn't always a bad thing.

Alia Wong

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How Does Online Shopping Work Around the World?

Thanks to the Internet, there are a billion people around the world who are potential new customers for the world’s businesses. So you just have to sell your product online and deal with more shipping-and-handling costs, right? Wrong. Read More

Old Diseases Made New

Old Diseases Made New

How globalization exacerbated the wildly different problems of Zika, ISIS, and Donald Trump.

Moisés Naím

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How to Save the Republican Party

How to Save the Republican Party

In Trump’s aftermath, his enemies on the right will have to take stock and propose a meaningful alternative vision for the GOP’s future.

David Frum

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Harvard Has a New Center for Happiness

Harvard Has a New Center for Happiness

There's more to health than the absence of disease.

James Hamblin

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To Break a Phone Addiction, Turn Your Screen Gray

To Break a Phone Addiction, Turn Your Screen Gray

A suggestion for compulsive checkers

James Hamblin, Nicolas Pollock, and Jaclyn Skurie

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You Can't Escape Data Surveillance In America

You Can't Escape Data Surveillance In America

The Fair Credit Reporting Act was intended to protect privacy, but its provisions have not kept pace with the radical changes wrought by the information age.

Sarah Jeong

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Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It?

Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It?

The practice is slowly being regulated out of existence. But it’s unclear where low-income Americans will find short-term loans instead.

Bethany McLean

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Making Matzo in the Lower East Side

Making Matzo in the Lower East Side

Rare archival images of Streit’s Rivington Street factory that served the Jewish community for nearly a hundred years.

Emily Anne Epstein

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What Was Your Most Memorable Breakup?

What Was Your Most Memorable Breakup?

Readers respond to the question with dramatic personal stories.

Chris Bodenner

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