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Inside Google's Civil War

Inside Google's Civil War

Business Long Reads Tech

With its “Don’t be evil” mantra, Google was a central player in creating the rosy optimism of the tech boom. Some employees say Google is losing touch with that motto. What happens when an empowered tech workforce rebels?

Floating Island System Imagines A Future For The People Of Kiribati

Floating Island System Imagines A Future For The People Of Kiribati

Architecture Innovation

Kiribati is in danger of being lost to rising sea levels. In response to this, YAC launched the ‘Kiribati floating houses’ competition to architects and designers across the globe. Marcin Kitala’s winning project comprises a system of pentagonal-shaped platforms, which can be easily connected or disconnected.

Tech’s Most Controversial Startup Makes Drone-Killing Robots

Tech’s Most Controversial Startup Makes Drone-Killing Robots

Tech Videos

Founded by Palmer Luckey and backed by Peter Thiel, Anduril is rekindling the connection between the American military and Silicon Valley. The company’s surveillance technology consists of large towers, packed with sensors, and small surveillance drones that can be set up to guard the perimeter.

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Explainers Health Life Psychology

Active people tend to overthink what food is doing for their body—Is keto good for endurance? What’s the perfect post-training macro spread? Butter or no butter in my coffee?—but underthink what it’s doing for their mind. Yet you’ve probably noticed that what you eat impacts what’s going on upstairs.

How Holograms Are About To Change The World

How Holograms Are About To Change The World

Innovation Tech

Holograms have the power to resurrect the dead. Want to see Michael Jackson live in concert? Digital technology can bring him back to life. Within 10 years, DJs will be replaced by holograms, we’ll use them to speak to one another, and they might even take our jobs.

Building Egypt's $58BN New City In The Sand

Building Egypt's $58BN New City In The Sand

Architecture Crime Videos World

Following a period of political instability that affected the progression of infrastructure projects, the country’s government took the decision to construct an entirely new capital in 2015. Located 45 kilometers east of the original Cairo, the as-yet-unnamed city has been under construction ever since.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
The Fight To Save Broad Beach

The Fight To Save Broad Beach

Long Reads Nature

Malibu homeowners banded together to address sea level rise. A decade later, they are at war with the city, the surfers, and each other. The choices are clear: Do nothing and lose the coast. Stall by dredging in sand, bouldering up revetments and emergency sea walls. Or look at long-term solutions.

World’s Busiest Station: Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

World’s Busiest Station: Shinjuku Station, Tokyo

Cities Videos World

Five separate train lines, almost three thousand passengers per minute and trains arriving every second. How can the people behind the scenes of the world’s busiest station overcome a traffic load like this every day? A look behind the scenes of the world’s busiest station: Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Donald Trump’s Worst Deal

Long Reads Politics World

The President helped build a hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Trump Tower Baku never opened.

Plane Stowaway: The Man Who Fell From The Sky

Plane Stowaway: The Man Who Fell From The Sky

Crime Long Reads World

It was sunny and warm on 30 June as residents in south London finished their lunch and unwound on a leisurely Sunday afternoon. But the peace was shattered in Offerton Road with a terrifying thump. A man occupied a crater in one of the back gardens after falling through the sky for a kilometer.

"I Met The Walrus", An Animated Interview With John Lennon

"I Met The Walrus", An Animated Interview With John Lennon

Art History Videos

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
What Makes A Masterpiece?

What Makes A Masterpiece?

Art Explainers Videos

What do we mean when we call an artwork a masterpiece? Who gets to decide what becomes one? Who makes them? And is it still a constructive label to dole out when we talk about art? What Makes a Masterpiece?

To The Driver Who Hit Me And Ran

To The Driver Who Hit Me And Ran

Life

I was biking home when you barreled into me with your car and left me to die. And I would have died if Tim Gillach, a cyclist and insurance salesman from Colorado’s Front Range, hadn’t caught a fleeting glimpse of my face as he drove past.

The British Once Built A 1,100-Mile Hedge Through The Middle Of India

The British Once Built A 1,100-Mile Hedge Through The Middle Of India

Economics History Nature

There was nothing charming about what the British built. It wasn’t meant to protect anything except imperial revenue. It grew along the Inland Customs Line, a bureaucratic barrier that the British created to impose a high salt tax on the people living on one side of the line—the relatively saltless one.

The Prison Inside Prison

The Prison Inside Prison

Crime Long Reads

Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement, an extreme form of a controversial punishment likened to torture. Many of these prisoners aren’t sure how—or, in some cases, if—they will ever get out.

Every Room Is A Battlefield In Fort Irwin

Every Room Is A Battlefield In Fort Irwin

Architecture Politics

Fort Irwin is a U.S. Army base the size of Rhode Island, roughly three hours outside Los Angeles in the Mojave Desert. Its scale and isolation make it an ideal setting for immersive military training exercises, which are staged in a series of 14 simulated towns and cities.

Other Countries Have Elected Women Leaders for Decades. Why Can't America?

Other Countries Have Elected Women Leaders for Decades. Why Can't America?

Politics

In American politics, a woman’s gender acts as both an invisible adherent and a tight constraint: it’s harder to shake off mistakes, harder to pivot, harder to throw punches and harder to avoid them. Sexism is transparent, easy to look through if you don’t want to see it, which makes it possible to pretend it isn’t there at all.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Architecture Cities

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, Frank Lloyd Wright urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.

The Metaphysics Of The Hangover

The Metaphysics Of The Hangover

Health Science

A hangover is about being poisoned, no doubt. The toxins linger in the body and must be expelled, or waited out. We’re sick with a mini-flu and need to get better. But isn’t a hangover about more than physical toxins, at least some of the time? I’ll wager that a hangover is frequently about shame as well.

The Many Lives Of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

The Many Lives Of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

History Media

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has been covered by more than 300 other artists in virtually every genre. It’s an impressive feat by any standard, but even more so when you consider that “Hallelujah” was originally stuck on side two of an album that Cohen’s record label deemed unfit for release.

The Rise And Rise Of New York's Billionaire's Row

The Rise And Rise Of New York's Billionaire's Row

Architecture Cities Videos

With breath-taking views, luxurious interiors, endless amenities and eye-watering price tags, this new wave of properties are strictly for those with a 10-figure bank balance. But how did this area come to be? What sparked its growth in this particular district? How were planning controls addressed?

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

Business Nature Science

For nearly 30 years, America’s four biggest rail companies—which move the majority of the country’s coal—have spent millions to deny climate science and block climate policy. They have joined or funded groups that attacked individual scientists and rejected reports from major scientific institutions.

The History Of George Laurer And The Barcode

The History Of George Laurer And The Barcode

Business History

A 67 cent packet of gum has ballooned into an enormous industry, and five billion barcodes are scanned each and every day. But how did we get to this point, and who was responsible for the UPC barcode?

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