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How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump - MIT Technology Review

<b>1. The euphoria of discovery</b><p>As the Arab Spring convulsed the Middle East in 2011 and authoritarian leaders toppled one after another, I traveled the …

Social Media

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind.<p>The headquarters of A.P. …

Long-form Journalism

The Rise of the Cyber-Mercenaries

The first text message showed up on Ahmed Mansoor’s phone at 9:38 on a sweltering August morning in 2016. “New secrets about torture of Emiratis in …

Human Rights

Who controls your data?

The average American, one study tell us, touches their phone 2,600 times per day. By the end of a given year, that's nearly a million touches, rising to two million if you're a power user.<p>Each one of those taps, swipes and pulls is a potential proxy for our most intimate behaviors. Our phones are …

Apple

The Super Rich of Silicon Valley Have a Doomsday Escape Plan

Wealthy Americans have stepped up investment in New Zealand. Parliament votes to ban foreigners from buying bolt-hole homes.<p>By Olivia …

Long-form Journalism

Google’s 20th anniversary: how the world’s best search engine ate the world

The biggest moments, product launches, and acquisitions throughout Google’s two-decade history<p>No technology company is arguably more responsible for shaping the modern internet, and modern life, than Google. The company that started as a novel search engine now manages eight products with more than …

Motorola

In Cyberwar, There are No Rules

In 1984, a science fiction movie starring an up-and-coming Austrian-American actor took the box office by storm. A cybernetic organism is sent back …

Long-form Journalism

Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: The disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of 'free' shipping

Zachariah Vargas was six hours into his shift delivering packages for Amazon.<p>He was about to drop off a package when he accidentally slammed the door of his truck on his hand. The door clicked shut, trapping his middle and ring fingers.<p>Once he freed his fingers, the blood began to pour. Both of …

New Jersey

Trump Time Capsule Redux: Vichy Senate Edition

Back during the 2016 campaign, I put out 152 installments of the Trump Time Capsule series, chronicling what was known about this man at just the time the Republican party was deciding to accept (and then embrace) him as its nominee, and as the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania were …

Mitch McConnell

World’s Simplest Animal Reveals Hidden Diversity

The first animal genus defined purely by genetic characters represents a new era for the sorting and naming of animals.<p>The world’s simplest known …

Taxonomy

Humans Are Destroying Animals’ Ancestral Knowledge

Bighorn sheep and moose learn to migrate from one another. When they die, that generational know-how is not easily replaced.<p>In the 1800s, there were so many bighorn sheep in Wyoming that when one trapper passed through Jackson Hole, he described “over a thousand sheep in the cliffs above our …

Habitats

China's Jaw-Dropping Family Separation Policy

Children and parents are being ripped apart on a massive scale. It may rob an entire generation of their Muslim identities.<p>Tahir Imin is the type of father who likes to take a video of his daughter each and every week. His phone is full of clips and photos of her: in a tutu, holding up a drawing, …

Human Rights

The Supreme Court Is Headed Back to the 19th Century

The justices again appear poised to pursue a purely theoretical liberty at the expense of the lives of people of color.<p>When the Louisiana State Militia finally arrived at the Colfax courthouse on April 15, 1873, all it could do was bury the bodies. Two days earlier, a large force of white …

Civil Rights

Science Proves Women’s Pants Pockets Suck

Women have known for years that their pockets are too small, too shallow, and in every possible way inferior to those of their male counterparts.<p>Now …

💸Hyperinflation: When money is worthless

You're reading the Quartz Obsession from 44 minutes ago<p>Hyperinflation<p>Sign up for the Quartz Obsession<p>Our digression into the most fascinating corners of the global economy<p>Delivered every weekday afternoon<p>Sign me up<p>Stay updated about new Quartz products and events<p>Emails<p>Delivered every Monday through …

Globalization

'Ticking Time Bomb' of Hidden, Heated Ocean Discovered Under The Arctic

Fire in the hole.<p>The Arctic is not in a good way. Its oldest, thickest sea ice is breaking. Strange lakes punctuate its landscape. The very chemistry …

Global Warming

Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron

It’s been more than a century since Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize for illustrating the way neurons allow you to …

Neuroscience

A Loophole That Could Let States Buy Teachers Guns With Federal Funds

Congress has repeatedly made clear its position against doing so, but new reports say Trump’s Education Department is considering allowing states to use grants to purchase firearms for school districts.<p>During a listening session on live television in February, President Donald Trump, surrounded by …

Guns

This Is How People Can Actually Afford to Live in the Bay Area

“When people ask me what my favorite restaurant is, I laugh."<p>The Bay Area of Northern California is well on its way to becoming a bewitching hellhole in which it’s actually impossible to eke out a living.<p>Long a hilly sandbox for wealthy elites to play in, the narrow confines of San Francisco’s …

San Francisco

14 Agility Drills For People Over 40

Feel like an athlete again with moves that build speed, reaction time, and conditioning.<p>Basketball isn’t just a “young man’s game.” Neither is ice hockey, tennis, touch football, or martial arts. In fact, there’s no sport or leisure activity you should have to give up completely just because you’re …

Workouts

Elephants Have a Secret Weapon Against Cancer

The biggest animals should have the highest risks of developing tumors, but they don’t.<p>In 2012, on a whim, Vincent Lynch decided to search the genome of the African elephant to see if it had extra anti-cancer genes. Cancers happen when cells build up mutations in their DNA that allow them to grow …

Cancer

How to See the 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower

Science & InnovationStarstruck<p>Anticipation is high for this year’s sky show, which peaks over a moonless weekend with projected rates of 90 to 120 meteors an hour.<p>Sky-watchers around the world are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Perseid meteor shower, which will be at its best from August …

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p><i>Updated and corrected on September 7, 2018</i><p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport …

Extinction

Millennial reading habits have changed the definition of a classic

The era of the ubiquitous classic is behind us. <i>The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle</i>, <i>Ragtime</i>, and <i>Slaughterhouse-Five</i> have had their time in the sun. What would their modern equivalents be? The reason it’s harder to name such tomes is because there’s quantifiably less options to choose from, despite having …

10 countries at risk of becoming demographic time bombs

All around the world, countries are seeing dwindling birth rates and rising life expectancy. Aging populations are leading to greater spending on healthcare and pensions, but the number of people working and paying taxes is steadily going down. As a result, these countries are at risk of becoming …

Bizarre Phenomenon That Intrigued Leonardo Da Vinci Can Finally Be Explained

The shape of water.<p>Whenever the 15th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci wasn't painting masterpieces or coming up with new ways to launch humans into …

These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known today

So-called Ediacaran organisms have puzzled biologists for decades. To the untrained eye they look like fossilized plants, in tube or frond shapes up …

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

A Preview of the Stunning Artwork Featured in Volume 48 of Hi-Fructose Magazine

Volume 48 of <i>Hi-Fructose: The New Contemporary Art Magazine</i> has been announced and will feature artwork by talented contemporary artists from all over …

A beginner's guide to AI: Algorithms

<i>Welcome to TNW’s beginner’s guide to AI. This (currently) four part feature should provide you with a very basic understanding of what AI is, what it can do, and how it works. The guide contains articles on (in order published) neural networks, computer vision, natural language processing, and</i> …