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Rise of the Robolawyers

How legal representation could come to resemble TurboTax<p>Near the end of Shakespeare’s <i>Henry VI, Part 2</i>, Dick the Butcher offers a simple plan to create chaos and help his band of outsiders ascend to the throne: “Let’s kill all the lawyers.” Though far from the Bard’s most beautiful turn of phrase, …

Artificial Intelligence

MDMA Treatment for PTSD and Trauma - Ecstasy and Molly Drug Trials to Treat PTSD

Julie Nelson learned at an early age to keep her younger siblings quietly entertained whenever their parents locked them up in the basement of their derelict Kansas City home. Her mother and stepfather didn't want to hear a word from them while they were getting high on cocaine and methamphetamine …

Mental Health

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Medicine
National Security

John McCain the Republican vs. John McCain the Patriot

John McCain was hustling down the hallway in the Russell Senate Office Building with the purpose of an Aaron Sorkin character. It was not yet two …

The first American female war correspondent killed in action battled sexism through her life

Georgette Dickey Chapelle, a freelance photojournalist and the first American female war correspondent to be killed in action, was a trailblazer. She overcame gender discrimination in her personal and professional life to become one of the very first women on the front lines of war, and one of the …

David Letterman on Life After TV, Late Night Today, and the Man He Calls Trumpy

Since retiring after 33 years on the late night television, David Letterman has kept a low public profile — aided by the growth of a truly impressive …

The Curse of the Bahia Emerald, a Giant Green Rock That Wreaks Havoc and Ruins Lives | WIRED

Meet the Schemers, Investors,<p>and Dreamers Who Were<p>Bewitched By a Giant Green Rock<p>Meet the Schemers, Investors, and Dreamers Who Were Bewitched By a …

The Hidden Link Between Autism and Addiction

It’s believed that people on the spectrum don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs. New evidence suggests they do.<p>Shane Stoner’s addiction began in 2008. He lost a factory job, his parents divorced, his father died—and then a relative introduced him to heroin. “I felt like heroin gave me …

Autism

Panpsychism is a crazy theory about consciousness — and it's probably true

Common sense tells us that only living things have an inner life. Rabbits and tigers and mice have feelings, sensations, and experiences; tables and …

The Bitter Legal Battle over Peggy Guggenheim’s Blockbuster Art Collection

Almost four decades after her death, Peggy Guggenheim is the central figure in a continuing art-world imbroglio: the seemingly endless legal battle by some of her descendants over her superlative 20th-century art collection—and the Venetian palazzo housing it—she left to her uncle’s foundation. …

Art

Tales from the bar - a tour of London's 'great pubs'

<b>Giant oak wine barrels sit above the bar of the Cittie of Yorke in Holborn - which is more reminiscent of a great hall in a Tudor mansion than than a traditional pub.</b><p>The jury is out as to whether or not the massive casks were ever used as genuine storage vessels - or simply part of the inn's Tudor …

England

Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love

What started as a body-tinkering, mind-hacking, supplement-taking productivity craze in Silicon Valley is now spreading to more respectable workplaces, maybe even to your office, where the guy down the hall might already be popping a new breed of brain-boosting pills or micro-dosing LSD—all in the …

Peter Thiel

The Buried Story of Male Hysteria

When men actually began to be diagnosed as “hysterics,” doctors searched for a cause. They found a chemical that may be on the rise again today.<p>When a raving 27-year-old man was committed to Hudson River State Hospital for the Insane in April of 1887, no one thought much of it.<p>But 12 days later, …

Fashion Shows

Vladimir Putin: The Troublemaker

Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been a night owl, holding meetings into the early hours of the morning. He's also the proprietor of …

Russia

The Canada experiment: is this the world's first 'postnational' country?

When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood<p>As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. …

Canada

In their own words: The story of covering Election Night 2016

This is the story of election night 2016 in the words of more than 20 journalists who were in the field, in the newsrooms, at the anchor desks, and in the control rooms. The story of how Donald Trump's stunning win was covered in real time.<p>On Tuesday, November 8, "Donald Trump elected president" …

Donald Trump

Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?

How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience.<p>At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another …

War

Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Around the corner from the famous Diamond District in New York City, David Weinstein sorts through some envelopes on his cluttered desk. All of them are full of diamonds.<p>"I deal with diamonds all day long, for three decades," says Weinstein, executive director of the International Gemological …

Jewelry

13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December

It’s December. I can hardly believe how fast the year flew by. December means the full rush of Christmas and holiday shopping, and it means a slightly lighter load of new books hitting bookstores. That’s fine by me: it means that I can try and tackle the accumulated piles of books on my own to-read …

Science Fiction

‘They Will Have to Die Now’

Before dawn on a Sunday late last month, a battalion of pesh merga soldiers — about 600 Kurdish men, along with a few women — gathered in the shadow of Bashiqa Mountain, on the western edge of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. They were sons, daughters, fathers, grandfathers. They wore an …

Islam

Brothers Behind Bars

What happens when the only life you’ve known has been in an institution?<p><i>This is the second article in a six-part series about young people with siblings in prison. Read part one here.</i><p>“The only photograph I had of her, growing up, is from a scrapbook from a social worker,” Shelton McElroy says about …

Mental Health

Transcendental Meditation is taking over Wall Street — here's how it works

Over the past few years, TM has made its way into the mainstream, with celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and Arianna Huffington proclaiming its benefits, and doctors around the United States recommending it to patients with anxiety and high blood pressure, given its approval by agencies like the …

Meditation

How 'Psychobiotics' Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness

Researchers have long known that the bacteria living in your gut can “talk” to your brain. Gut microbes, which collectively make up what’s called the gut microbiome, can have a significant impact on mood and cognition ― leading experts to deem the microbiome a new frontier in neuroscience.<p>Now, the …

Depression

Michelle Obama: A Candid Conversation With America’s Champion and Mother in Chief

<i>On the eve of her departure from the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has never been a more inspiring figure—America’s conscience, role model, and mother in chief.</i><p>When I arrive at the White House on a hot afternoon in late September to interview Michelle Obama, the place is so eerily quiet I …

Explaining It All To You

Do you know what your problem is? Your problem is not that you are uninformed. That is what you might have <i>thought</i> your problem was. Your problem is …

Affordable Care Act

Revenge of the Forgotten Class

In March, I was driving along a road that led from Dayton, Ohio, into its formerly middle-class, now decidedly working-class southwestern suburbs, …

Government

12 Alzheimer’s Awareness Must-Reads

Since its first diagnosis in 1901 by German psychiatrist Dr. Aloysius Alzheimer, Alzheimer’s Disease has been the prognosis for approximately 5.4 million Americans. As the Baby Boomer generation approaches the most common age demographic for the disease – sixty-five and older – that number is …

The Binge Breaker

Tristan Harris believes Silicon Valley is addicting us to our phones. He’s determined to make it stop.<p>On a recent evening in San Francisco, Tristan Harris, a former product philosopher at Google, took a name tag from a man in pajamas called “Honey Bear” and wrote down his pseudonym for the night: …

Computer Science

How Realistic Is It to Really Move to Another Country?

Photo by Kalen Emsley<p>Here are countries with lax visa requirements—either for relocation or a long vacation<p>If you’re among the millions of Americans …

Immigration