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Kanye West Was Right(ish)

Four thousand is a reference to the 40 acres Black people were supposed to receive…

Who Pays for an Act of Cyberwar?

Cyberinsurance doesn’t cover acts of war. But even as cyberattacks mount, the definition of “warlike”…

How Does Queerness Fit Into the US Census?

How does a data set like the US census deal with people who defy its…

What If You Tried to Swallow a Whole Cloud?

As the soup collapsed inward toward the center of the solar system, its molecules would…

If Humans Went Extinct, Would a Similar Species Evolve?

The rise of powerful new technology means that humanity must confront the risk of its…

The Curious Afterlife of a Brain Trauma Survivor

Sophie Papp and her family had a ritual for the recently departed. Whenever a relative…

Radioactive Beasts Are Invading Our Cities

Radioactive wild boar are invading towns in southern Germany. They take out a man in…

Can Democracy Include a World Beyond Humans?

There was once an orangutan named Ken Allen at the San Diego Zoo who was…

The Sexist Pseudoscience at the Heart of Biology

For years, studying zoology made me feel like a sad misfit. Not because I loved…