The system wasn’t built for cellphones, which makes it hard for dispatchers to locate people reporting emergencies.
It’s no accident that Iowa, where the first transcontinental railroad began, is now home to a huge data-center industry.
Health care? Babysitting? Mariachi bands?
The cable that connects the U.S. to the global Internet runs right next to a small coastal town in California. Why do so few of its residents have broadband?
We received a ton of email over my recent piece on why computer programmers shouldn’t call themselves engineers. You…
The government of Finland advances a disturbing global trend.
Scientists always thought the lake’s distinctive color came from its shocking clarity, but the data tells a different story.
The social network that cheapened friendship takes a tiny step toward celebrating it.
This month The Atlantic turns 158 years old, an occasion that had me revisiting some of my favorite artifacts from…
Scientists aren’t the only ones who have long been preoccupied with the heavens.
“Touch-screen buttons? BAD idea. This thing will never work.”
In a new essay, the former Reddit CEO, Ellen Pao, says the tech industry is out of excuses for its discrimination problems.
What investors can learn from the frenzy around the new technology a century ago
They were supposed to help microbes digest oil, but ended up suppressing the oil-degrading species instead.
Hint: It has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin or terrorism.
In some cases, they may make it legal for police to track and profile people of color.
HoneyInsured uses economic research—and a connection to Healthcare.gov—to suggest certain plans.
The short answer is “No.” But here is why I put the question in that form. Two…
Two very different accounts of the neighborhood dynamics of modern community living, related to the community campaign being chronicled in…
The food was decent, but the vibes were dystopian.
One of the topics that comes up in my piece on why programmers shouldn’t be called “engineers” without an explicit…
New research into solar storms and Martian magnetism could help explain the mysterious disappearance of the planet's atmosphere.
How color organs connect light and sound: An Object Lesson