Scott Carpinteri

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It's Not the Food Deserts: It's the Inequality

A new study suggests that America’s great nutritional divide goes deeper than the problem of food access within cities.<p>Too many Americans are overweight and eat unhealthy food, a problem that falls disproportionately on poor and low-income people. For many urbanists, the main culprit has long been …

The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future

Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.<p>Gidge Uriza lives in an elegant wooden …

Virtual Reality

Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.<p>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an …

Middle-class

Political Donors Put Their Money Where the Memes Are

Imagine you’re a millionaire or billionaire with strong political views and a desire to spread those views to the masses. Do you start a think tank in Washington? Funnel millions to a shadowy “super PAC”? Bankroll the campaign of an up-and-coming politician?<p>For a growing number of deep-pocketed …

Social Media

Scientists Upload a Galloping Horse GIF Into Bacteria With Crispr

<i>E. coli</i> might best be known for giving street food connoisseurs occasional bouts of gastric regret. But the humble microbial workhorse, with its …

Surreal Drone Photos Transform America Into a Roller Coaster

Pity the poor rancher who finds himself trapped in an Aydın Büyüktaş photo. There he is in his pickup, cruising along a flat Texas road with nothing …