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  • Ocean Exploration Sylvia Earle

    The Last Dive?

    Funding for 
human expeditions 
to the 
watery depths appears 
to have run aground. 
As legendary explorer 
Sylvia Earle says goodbye to the ocean floor, are machines good enough to 
take her place?
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    Clean or Green?

    The u.s. centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched the One and Only Campaign, an endeavor aimed not—as the name might suggest—at promoting marital monogamy, but ­rather at reducing the improper reuse of certain medical devices. By its estimate, well over 100,000 Americans in the last decade have been exposed to infections such as hepatitis and HIV because of unsafe injections, such as reused needles or vials of medicine that have been dipped into more than once. These exposures have resulted in dozens of increasingly well-publicized outbreaks, such as the 21 cases of hepatitis C spread from one dialysis center in New Jersey. Indeed, the CDC now has a website to keep the public informed of the latest trouble.
  • Child Rearing

    Raising Kids the Primitive Way

    Hold them, share them, let them run free. Jared Diamond on why the traditional way of raising kids is better than ours.
  • pasta-crisis-FE02-main-tease

    The End of Pasta

    Temperatures are rising. Rainfalls are shifting. Droughts are intensifying. What will we eat when wheat won’t grow.
  • sandy-internet-NB03-main-tease

    The Team That Kept the Internet On

    A building in lower Manhattan—one of the world’s most important internet hubs—kept running, thanks to a small group of specialists.
  • snack-food-FE04-main-tease

    The Snack-Food Trap

    Science is now proving what we’ve long suspected: we’re hard-wired to want the foods that are worst for us.
  • mo-yan-OVNB10-main-tease

    Revolutionary Snark

    Nobel winner Mo Yan and the magical realism of China's micro-blogging platform Weibo. By Melinda Liu.
  • iphone etiquette

    In the iBathroom

    The unveiling of the newest Apple iPhone was greeted with typical fervor last week. The slimmest ever, it can be taken anywhere—including to the bathroom, where, statistically, you probably will use it.
  • The Innocence of Muslims

    Speed Trap

    We built the Internet. Now we’re stuck with it.
  • cornell-tech-fe01

    Silicon Island

    Will New York’s latest dream spawn the next Mark Zuckerberg?
  • Koolhaas

    The Next World Wonder

    When the Olympics hits the airwaves, Beijing will be broadcasting them from this new $900 million architectural masterpiece.
  • Safari

    Friend Me On Safaritube

    Clay Knight began his digital career by hacking into Deutsche Bank. Then Citi. Bank of America didn’t present too much trouble. Knight was one of the good guys: a double agent employed by the banks to penetrate the hacking community and work out the banks’ weaknesses. The anti-hacking software he helped develop was sold for $67 million: though after the venture capitalists got their money back, Knight only received enough to start up some small ventures of his own. He moved to a company that creates cutting-edge digital startups: always exploring, always hunting for that elusive “next big Internet thing.” But while the Facebooks and LinkedIns went mega, he could only look on.
  • god-particle-nb10-main

    The Godless Particle

    The media-adopted name for the Higgs Boson, believed to be discovered this week, couldn’t be more misleading. Lawrence M. Krauss explains how the particle could finally dispense with the idea of a supernatural creator.
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    Warp Speed

    Digital gadgets are changing our brains.
  • internet-destroyer-cascio

    The Internet as Destroyer

    Despite the Internet’s power, a government bent on control can still shut it down. But rulers quickly discover that doing so harms their own interests, Jamais Cascio writes.
  • women-digital-list-sklar-tease

    Invisible Woman

    Who’s missing from this list? All the digital ladies! It’s time to look where we’re not looking.
  • digital-age-harkaway

    A Digital Citizenship Revolution

    We don’t get a free pass on bad behavior just because it’s online, says novelist Nick Harkaway. We’ve had the Internet long enough to start taking our life on it seriously.