From The Dress to tennis-ball colors to Yanny vs. Laurel, the internet keeps surfacing these places where our perceptions diverge.
The chemistry of gel manicures, chrome nails, and other nail-art trends
How centuries of advice columns have answered this and other questions.
To write her YA novel Emergency Contact, Mary H.K. Choi had to figure out how to render texts between teens without sounding corny.
The “continuous trauma” of a drawn-out event like the Austin bombings is different than a one-time disaster.
Faced with an overwhelming, opaque, and largely unregulated industry, people crowdsource tips and educate themselves about skin products.
Tales of people losing their way, before and after GPS
Two Atlantic writers discuss the new album, Crooked Shadows, and how the band’s sound has evolved since its eight-year hiatus.
... and the movies and TV shows we watch
Entertainment glorifying or excusing predatory male behavior is everywhere—from songs about “blurred lines” to TV shows where rapists marry their victims.
The president’s physical and mental health both appeared excellent in a recent exam, despite reportedly poor lifestyle habits.
In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.
Digital messages mimic the speed of real conversation, but often what people like best is the ability to put them off.
How filler words and tiny pauses keep conversations from going off the rails
Reexperiencing Election Day 2016 through the social network’s “memories” feature can be painful for those who lost.
Why coming back to a familiar environment triggers a sudden urge to go to the bathroom
The author of the classic humor piece on his “spewing” of joy for autumn
Humans’ ability to predict the future is all thanks to our ability to remember the past.
Studies say that bragging about your superiority makes people like you less—so what does Donald Trump hope to gain?
The 10-year-old show predicted the codependent, toxic relationships people would one day have with their phones.