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'The Handmaid's Tale' Wants You To Feel Like 'This Could Happen Here'

<i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> by Margaret Atwood is one of a handful of dystopian novels that have seen a boost in sales since the 2016 election. The book tells the story of what happens when a theocratic dictatorship takes over the government and gets rid of women's rights.<p>In 2016, Atwood told us that the …

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

SAN FRANCISCO — What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone’s job — perhaps your own?<p>Before the machines become smart enough to replace humans, as some people fear, the machines need teachers. Now, some companies are taking the first steps, deploying …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump's Tweets On Court Blocking 'Sanctuary City' Order: 5 Facts To Know

President Trump has been tweeting about a federal court ruling that temporarily blocked his plan to suspend funding for "sanctuary cities."<p>These are cities — among them New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco — that have limited their cooperation with federal immigration …

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.<p><b>The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia</b> houses an array of singular medical specimens. On the lower level the fused livers of 19th-century conjoined twins …

Creativity

The Media Bubble Is Worse Than You Think

We crunched the data on where journalists work and how fast it’s changing. The results should worry you.<p><b>How did big media miss the Donald Trump swell?</b> News organizations old and new, large and small, print and online, broadcast and cable assigned phalanxes of reporters armed with the most …

Journalism