New technology and a little-known energy source suggest that fossil fuels may not be finite. This would be a miracle—and a nightmare.
We can't address climate change without carbon reduction, but we also can't afford to neglect a vital second option: carbon capture.
Angelo Volandes's low-tech, high-empathy plan to revolutionize end-of-life care
He was the 20th century's greatest 19th-century statesman.
A short story
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A glance at five academic studies
The new typography of irony
A new look at the famous Harvard study of what makes people thrive
Try blasting recordings of chimpanzees. Our advice columnist to the rescue.
Germany grapples with the bicentennial of Richard Wagner's birth.
An urban renaissance for public telephones
In which Sam Harris teaches me Brazilian jiu-jitsu and explains why violence is like rebirth
Language doesn't necessarily get less prudish over time.
Three suggestive stats
We don't always know when we're standing over a large deposit of iron ore.
An interview with the synthetic biologist Christina Agapakis
How young people will supercharge the recovery
In a new memoir, the lead singer of Ratt remembers what may be the most forgettable cultural phenomenon of the modern era.
On the new biography of a literary Lothario
An old extreme sport is new again.
The theory and practice of serving a drink vibrated, not stirred
Responses and reverberations
What's the most important Supreme Court case no one's ever heard of?