In May 2014, John Tierney wrote about the increasingly common practice of self check-out in stores and its possible effects in the retail environment.
The year you were born, H. L. Mencken wrote about the military career and mythos of Erich Ludendorff, just months after the latter's promotion made him a leader of the German forces in the First World War.
In September 2015, Graham Allison wrote about the conflict that can occur between established and rising powers.
In February 1934, Harold J. Laski wrote about how Roosevelt used state power to readjust the national economy.
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In the January/February 2006 issue, Francis Davis wrote about the "epidemic" of singers in jazz.
In November 2015, David Sims wrote about the return of Star Trek to television.
Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
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