Science

Five big thinkers — Regina Barzilay, George Church, Jennifer Egan, Catherine Mohr and Siddhartha Mukherjee — puzzle over the future of the future.
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At the Jimmy Buffett-branded community, a hint at how an increasingly long-lived species might choose to spend its extra decades.
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All Rise

David Kushner · Esquire 0 words

Viagra was one of the most successful and emulated launches of all time, and the basis for today’s $3 billion erectile-dysfunction industry. Now, o...
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I grew up drinking and bathing in the toxic waters around a military base in North Carolina. Thirty years later, I went back to investigate.
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Judith Thurman on what hyperpolyglots can teach the rest of us.
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A mysterious wild cat in Sri Lanka may hold a clue.
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For eons, the earth has had the same amount of water—no more, no less. What the ancient Romans used for crops and Nefertiti drank? It’s the sam...
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Wellness Cures

Katie Booth · Harper's 0 words

Can hospitals learn to better treat Deaf patients?
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Hucksters claim that drinking a few drops of hydrogen peroxide diluted in a glass of water will cure almost anything. How do they get away with it?
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At 18, Katie Stubblefield lost her face. At 21, she became the youngest person in the U.S. to undergo the still experimental surgery. Follow her in...
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In this exclusive excerpt from 'Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart,' world-renowned Houston surgeon Bud Frazier races to help an ailin...
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Almond growing in California is a $7.6 billion industry that wouldn’t be possible without the 30 billion bees (and hundreds of human beekeepers) wh...
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A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of coloss...
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Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famo...
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Drought, dread and family in the American Southwest.
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In Butte, Montana, tourists flock to a gorgeous Superfund site for selfies, kitsch, and a frisson of danger.
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We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.
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