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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like
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Finding Out What the Past Smelled Like

It was the smell that hit me first, a heady mixture of roasting meat, woodsmoke, and farmyard manure.

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars
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Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?

The Robot That Knows When to Swipe Right
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The Robot That Knows When to Swipe Right

I have come to think of Tinder as a sort algorithm for the mind.

Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—in Subtle Ways
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Televised Football Is Looking More Like a Video Game—in Subtle Ways

It is impossible to consider American football without considering television.

The Cathedral of Computation
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The Cathedral of Computation

Algorithms are everywhere, supposedly.

When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness
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When Fitbit Is the Expert Witness

Self-tracking using a wearable device can be fascinating. It can drive you to exercise more, make you reflect on how much (or little) you sleep, and help you...

The Adultery Arms Race
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The Adultery Arms Race

Jay's wife, Ann, was supposed to be out of town on business.

When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Everyone understands what it means to own a plunger.

The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers
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The Internet Is Losing Interest in Computers

You may know Google Trends.

Want to Reform the Nsa? Give Edward Snowden Immunity
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Want to Reform the Nsa? Give Edward Snowden Immunity

In 1970, Christopher Pyle disclosed in public writing that the U.S. Army was running a domestic intelligence program aimed at anti-war and civil-rights activists...

The Coming Age of the Internet Naturalist
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The Coming Age of the Internet Naturalist

Three years ago, Shaun Winterton was looking at photos of bugs on Flickr.

The New Editors of the Internet
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The New Editors of the Internet

Bowing to their better civic natures, and the pleas of James Foley's family, Twitter and YouTube have pulled down videos and photos of his murder.

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet
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Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet

All these people are trying to kill email.

A Tool That Answers 'what's That Typeface?'
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A Tool That Answers 'what's That Typeface?'

The Internet is, from its very core to its most distant peripheries, a vast universe of text.

How to Invent a Person Online
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How to Invent a Person Online

On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio.

I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy For a Week
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I Sent All My Text Messages in Calligraphy For a Week

I got my first mobile phone when I was in high school. It was 2005, and the feeling of "cool" overwhelmed me.

The Beautiful, Invisible Game
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The Beautiful, Invisible Game

The first goal of the 2014 World Cup was Brazilian, and it was an own goal.

The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (again)
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The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (again)

I've been preoccupied lately with thoughts of marauding broomsticks, genies in bottles, and monkey's paws.

Should U.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?
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Should U.s. Hackers Fix Cybersecurity Holes or Exploit Them?

There's a debate going on about whether the U.S. government—specifically, the NSA and United States Cyber Command—should stockpile Internet vulnerabilities or disclose...

The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All Upgrade Our Brains
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The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All Upgrade Our Brains

In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream.
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