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A Glimpse of a Future Without White People

Mohsin Hamid’s The Last White Man is a book about race metamorphosis—and the seduction of power.
Ideas

Google Search Is Quietly Damaging Democracy

A series of incremental changes over the years has transformed the tool from an explorative search function to one that is ripe for deception.
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The Unintended Consequences of OTC Hearing Aids

Over-the-counter hearing aids will be available by October. They’ll benefit many but could lead to stigmatization, inadequate testing, and even hearing loss.
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New Evidence Points to the Moon Once Being Part of Earth

Gases trapped in lunar meteorites hint that the moon was formed out of material displaced from Earth after a planetary collision.
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The Curious Afterlife of a Brain Trauma Survivor

Sophia Papp emerged from an accident with her personality transformed. She tried to continue on as before—until she realized she could reinvent herself.

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How Stewart Butterfield Created Slack From a Failed Videogame

At first, the software was hard to explain—nobody had ever used anything like it. It was based on a system his team developed for Glitch. He called it Slack.