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Mysterious letter reopens case over whether Alcatraz escapees survived the infamous 1962 jailbreak

It was supposed to be the jail from which no inmate could escape - or if they were foolhardy enough to try, would surely perish in the attempt.<p>Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary sat on the eponymous island in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles from the mainland and surrounded by strong, unpredictable …

The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

NASA’s new titanium tires can never get a flat

Ever since man started thinking about putting things on other planetary bodies, transport has been a concern. Wheels are the obvious means of getting …

How Peer-To-Peer Payment Pioneer Venmo Grew Up And Got Serious

Under parent company PayPal, the millennial-focused payments app is finally ready to make some money.<p>It started with a simple dare: All Mike Linshi had to do was buy a certain shirt from a store nearby and wear it.<p>The bet was offered up in the easy evening hours after a music and innovation …

Beer Pong in Hong Kong Has Its Own Kooky Rules—and Purists Hate Them

Local bars tweak standard rules of the American frat-house drinking game to simplify play—and sell more beer—to the horror of traditionalists; ‘requires absolutely zero skills’<p>HONG KONG—Marc Simmons loves beer pong but hates playing beer pong in Hong Kong.<p>Most bars here force customers to play the …

Hong Kong

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick: ‘I need help’

After being caught on video verbally berating one of his own Uber drivers, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is issuing an apology to all of his employees, …

Sexual Harassment

Safety Not Guaranteed

As shark populations have grown in recent years, so have the numbers of sightings and attacks. What does this trend mean for surfers?<p><b>Dave Pearson</b> …

The mysterious origins of jazz

The anniversary of the first jazz recording 100 years ago also marks the beginning of debates that are still ongoing, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>The five members of the band took the lift to the 12th Floor of the Victor Talking Machine Company’s building on 38th Street in New York City. They were …

New Orleans

Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health

<i>Shhh.</i> Hear that? No? That’s surprising. Odds are, you can hear something right now: A siren, the hum of a fan, the blur of background conversations, …

University of California

The Build-Your-Own-Handbag Startup That’s Perfected Mass Customization

How Mon Purse’s Lana Hopkins shook up the supply chain and embraced technology so consumers can design their own bags at non-luxury prices.<p>If you pop into Bloomingdale’s in New York in search of a new handbag, you might notice that, next to the Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs, and Salvatore Ferragamo …

The Man Who Broke Ticketmaster

The most infamous ticket scalper of all time used bots to buy millions of tickets. Now he wants to stop them.<p><b>A version of this story appeared in the February issue of VICE magazine. Click HERE to subscribe.</b><p>In February 2005, after the band won its third Grammy of the night, U2 drummer Larry Mullen …

To Libya and Back: Inside a Stealth Bomber Strike Against ISIS

During the dying days of Obama's administration, U.S. B-2 Spirit bomber crews executed a 32-hour sortie against ISIS. This is how it happened.<p>An MQ-9 Predator soars high above the camp, the camera in its sensor ball fixed on the Islamic State fighters below. The foot soldiers are unloading …

Military

The Future of Zoos: Challenges Force Zoos to Change in Big Ways

For a mother escorting her kids through the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of her as she …

Inside Scotland's Wild Ship-Burning Viking Party

An all-night rager with enough flames to torch a city.<p>Partying with Vikings is not for the faint of heart. The wind and rain is blistering, paraffin from almost 900 torches burns your eyes, and there's a 10-hour marathon of dancing and drinking. But that's what you do for Up Helly Aa—loosely …

Why The Plaza Hotel’s Business Etiquette Lessons Are Selling Out

Think you know how to sit properly, tie a modern knot, and maintain proper eye contact? Think again.<p>I made several mistakes within my first minute.<p>My posture was poor (I leaned too far back in my chair), my leg crossing was incorrect (ladies cross at the ankles, not thighs), and I was not properly …

Photographing as a Need

When I first saw Ed van der Elsken’s book “Love on the Left Bank,” I realized I had just met my predecessor. My real predecessor. The feeling was similar to that of meeting a lover, or of finding a brother. Earlier, when I discovered art photography, at the age of nineteen, the artists who really …

What if the internet stopped working for a day?

For many people, going without the internet even for a few hours is unthinkable. But if it did stop working, the impact might not be what you'd expect.<p>Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. …

Net Neutrality

From its Falcon Heavy to reusing its rocket boosters, SpaceX faces 4 crucial missions in 2017

SpaceX’s prospects will turn on whether the company can pull off a year of firsts.<p>In 2017, the Hawthorne space company is planning the first reflight of a previously used first-stage rocket booster; the long-awaited debut of its larger Falcon Heavy rocket; and an unmanned test flight of its …

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

When I ask people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish …

High School

Can a Gun Victim and a Gun Advocate Change Each Other’s Minds?

Headline<p>Click here to see the documentary <i>Guns & Empathy</i><i>.</i> And below, watch five of the participants tell their stories, in their own words.<p>On his …