Michael Ferchak

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How the 12 Thai boys were finally rescued

Paired with pro divers, the boys were medicated and guided through narrow passageways with near-zero visibility on stretchers.<p>The 12 Thai soccer players and their coach who have been trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks have all been rescued. “We are not sure if this is a …

Scuba Diving

Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?

The new president of the New York City Transit Authority wants to make the trains (and buses) run on time. It won’t be easy.<p>On a cold Tuesday morning in March, Andy Byford, the president of the New York City Transit Authority, was working the subway turnstiles—the gates, as he calls them—at the …

Bill de Blasio

28 hours in Pyongyang: Reporter's notebook

As we descended onto the tarmac at Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, locals emerged from the bushes to see the “United States of America” …

North Korea

Why the Thailand Cave Rescue Was So Difficult: A Diver Explains

Rescue operations reached a successful climax at the Tham Luang Cave complex in northern Thailand on Tuesday, where divers pulled the last trapped members of the Wild Boars soccer team to safety. Twelve young team members and their coach had been trapped in the flooded cave complex in Chiang Rai …

Scuba Diving

The Entire History of Steel

From hunks of iron streaking through the sky, to the construction of skyscrapers and megastructures, this is the history of the world's greatest alloy.<p>The story of steel begins long before bridges, I-beams, and skyscrapers. It begins in the stars.<p>Billions of years before humans walked the …

Pearl Harbor

Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days

Everyone who has seen <i>The Social Network</i> knows the story of Facebook’s founding. It was at Harvard in the spring semester of 2004. What people tend to …

Silicon Valley

A Russian-Backed Offensive in Syria Makes a Mockery of Trump

A humanitarian disaster is unfolding in southern Syria, where hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing heavy fighting and finding borders locked tight. More than three hundred thousand civilians are on the move—some on tractors, some on foot—trying to escape a Russian-backed Syrian army …

Middle East

Pictures of the Week 7.5.18

How to Ask Great Questions

Much of an executive’s workday is spent asking others for information—requesting status updates from a team leader, for example, or questioning a counterpart in a tense negotiation. Yet unlike professionals such as litigators, journalists, and doctors, who are taught how to ask questions as an …

Psychology

How Hollywood Inspired France’s Most Daring Prison Escape

Charismatic gangster Rédoine Faïd has said that Michael Mann’s 1995 film Heat inspired his criminal career—and in 2009, Faïd found the filmmaker to tell him so.<p>On Sunday, 46-year-old French gangster and charismatic criminal <b>Rédoine Faïd</b> pulled off a prison break so bold and extraordinarily executed …

Crime

The epic story of the map that gave America its name

A few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, two European humanists came together to produce an extraordinary map of the world.<p>St-Dié-des-Vosges is a small, leafy town in the Meurthe valley in north-east France. It lies 68km south-west of Strasbourg in France, 93km …

cartography

10 Patriotic Movies to Watch on 4th of July

Not feeling the barbecues and fireworks this year? We have you covered.<p>If you're not feeling super celebratory this year—and who can blame you—maybe you'll want to skip the barbecues and the fireworks in favor for a quite 4th of July at home. I mean, Independence Day is on a Wednesday this year, so …

South Park

Did Something Massive Smash Into Uranus?

You might be aware of one of Uranus’ complexities: It spins on its side, and its moons orbit on that same rotated plane. New evidence strengthens the …

Astronomy

A massive object devastated Uranus a long time ago and it never fully recovered

Our Solar System is a pretty calm place these days, all things considered, but that wasn’t always the case. In the period when the planets were still …

Astronomy

10 key Roman dates you need to know

What are the key dates in the timeline of Roman history? From what the Romans believed to be the foundation of Rome in 753 BC, to the Punic Wars in …

Ancient History

Who Were The Phoenicians?

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Ancient History

On Writing Letters to Famous Strangers

As a teenager, I wrote letters to strangers. I was trying to write my way out of my parent’s house, where I was psychically trapped. Like an alien seeking contact, I started by doing research. I went to the Bethesda Library, where they had phone books from all over the country. I remember being …

George Washington

Solar System Games and Activities for Science Teachers

The solar system is vast and complex, but that doesn't mean it should be inaccessible for students. Even young elementary schoolers can grasp basic …

Astronomy

Kuiper Belt

IntroductionShortly after midnight Eastern Time on Jan. 1, 2019, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will buzz by the most primitive and most distant …

Astronomy

Clothes in Medieval England

As in just about any other period of history, clothing in the Middle Ages was worn for necessity, comfort, and display. Bright colours and rich …

Ancient History

High Tide of Viking Ireland

At Clontarf on Good Friday 1014 the Irish united under High King Brian Boru to drive out Viking invadersThe post High Tide of Viking Ireland appeared …

Ancient History

Five Features of Better Arguments

A former Clinton administration official studied how to facilitate more constructive arguments among Americans. These are his conclusions.<p>Earlier this month, amid a particularly trying stretch on social media, I joked that I would soon be launching <i>Ad Hominem</i>, “a new journal of non-ideas founded in …

Bill Clinton

The Neuroscience of Pain

Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety.<p>On a foggy February morning in Oxford, England, I arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, a shiplike nineteen-seventies complex moored on a hill east of the city center, for the express purpose of being hurt. I had an …

Pain

Operation Barbarossa: 9 popular myths busted

The German invasion of the Soviet Union, launched on 22 June 1941, was the largest military operation in history. Borne out of Hitler's desire to …

Communist Party

You Know You’lljana: 10 Reasons to Visit Ljubljana

Those who have overlooked Ljubljana (pronounced loo-blee-ah-nuh) in favor of a more well-known European locale might want to take a second look at …

17 Spots to Soak up the Sun in Paris

Beat the crowds and enjoy the sunshine with 17 beautiful off-the-beaten-path spots in Paris.<p>Paris isn’t always blessed with the most beautiful …

The Roman Empire, explained in 40 maps - Vox

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace …

Ancient History

‘On Grand Strategy’

<i>This is a superb book.</i><p>John Lewis Gaddis is a distinguished academic at Yale University, occupying the Robert A. Lovett Professorship of History. He’s …

Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build a Border Wall

We’re standing on the edge of a cliff on a remote Texas ranch, a long patch of rocky desert stretching out below to the verdant banks of the Rio …

anduril

Vikings

The Vikings were diverse Scandinavian seafarers from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark whose raids and subsequent settlements significantly impacted the …