In November 2014, Sarah Laskow described the decades-long development of the modern bar code.
The year you were born, Midge Decter wrote about what went wrong for a generation that was supposed to be the brightest and most gifted in American history.
In September 2005, Michael Slenske wrote about assassination attempts on American presidents.
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“It was thought that all borders between men had similarly disintegrated, and we were all destined to be free and empowered individuals in a global meeting place,” wrote Robert Kaplan 20 years later.
In January 2009, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote about the 800 civilian deaths in the Battle of Mogadishu.
In June 2014, Megan Garber wrote about the complicated creative process that shaped the film.
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In April 2014, Jake Simpson wrote about the bleak future ahead of the sport of golf after Tiger Woods fades from contention.
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People across the world rediscovered the power and peril of revolutions, as Laura Kasinof found in Yemen.
In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.
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