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The Tangled Cultural Roots of Dungeons & Dragons

In 1984, the comic-strip artist Jack Chick, an evangelical Christian, published a tract called “Dark Dungeons.” In it, a young woman named Debbie is seduced into witchcraft through her participation in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. The Mephistophelean figure in the strip is the Dungeon Master, a …

The Best Book I Read This Year

Staff selections from a year of reading<p><i>The Atlantic</i>'s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p>We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Meet the Man Hired to Make Sure the Snowden Docs Aren't Hacked

<b>In early January, Micah Lee worried journalist Glenn Greenwald's computer</b> would get hacked, perhaps by the NSA, perhaps by foreign spies.<p>Greenwald …

Shame and Survival

She tried public appearances. She tried being reclusive. She tried leaving the country, and she tried finding a job. But the epic humiliation of 1998, when her affair with Bill Clinton became an all-consuming story, has followed Monica Lewinsky every day. After 10 years of self-imposed reticence, …

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Tells Brian Williams the U.S. Stranded Him in Russia

Edward Snowden, in an exclusive interview with "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams, blamed the State Department for stranding him in Russia, saying he "never intended" to wind up there.<p>"I personally am surprised that I ended up here," Snowden said in the interview, an excerpt of which aired on …

FCC's Wheeler Denies Trying to Divide Internet Into "Haves" and "Have Nots"

"I will not allow some companies to force Internet users into a slow lane so that others with special privileges can have superior service," says Wheeler.<p>FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler denied that he’s trying to divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes in response to a letter sent earlier this week …

AT-AT DAY AFTERNOON

Putin Clamps Down: A Chilling Report From Moscow

“Nadya, pay the bill,” Masha Alyokhina says impatiently, taking a drag of her cigarette.<p>“OK, OK,” says Nadya Tolokonnikova. She stubs out her own …

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.<p>For years now, that’s been a hugely popular …

Impact of obstructive sleep apnoea on diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) have a high prevalence of insulin resistance (IR), type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease …

Mild Electronic Stimulation Therapy Effective For Sleep Apnea, Study Finds

Some people with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea could soon have an additional treatment option for their sleep disorder.<p>A new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine detailed the results of a phase III trial testing the safety and efficacy of mild electronic stimulation therapy …

How dangerous is sleep deprivation, really?

Everyone has a night here or there where sufficient sleep just doesn't happen. (Just ask anyone who's ever been to Vegas... or cared for a newborn.) But a lot of people miss out on getting significant shut-eye on a regular basis. In fact, about one in five American adults are sleep deprived.<p><b>The</b> …

Exposure To Orange Light May Be The Secret To Really Waking Up

Coffee, energy drinks and exercise: Humans have seemingly thought of every trick in the book to help wake them up. However, new evidence suggests the secret to being more alert may simply have to do with the color of one's light bulbs.<p>The results of an experiment performed by a team of Belgian …

37 Science-Backed Tips For Better Sleep Tonight

We know we're supposed to get enough sleep, and we really try.<p>But we also know it's often easier said than done.<p>Luckily, there are a handful of helpful tips and tricks experts swear by, to combat sleep problems both big and small. Whether they'll help you get into bed more relaxed or get out of bed …

Julian Assange tells SXSW audience: ‘NSA has grown to be a rogue agency’

The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on Saturday told an audience in Texas that people power is the key to rolling back the power of the National Security Agency and other surveillance agencies.<p>“We have to do something about it. All of us have to do something about it,” he said, in an interview at …

How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education

Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the first 15 minutes of his day reading over the constant flow of new feedback from …

Golden Meaning: 55 graphic artists reveal the maths of the golden ratio

Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.<p>Which one is most attractive?<p>The left one is untouched. The right one is retouched so that the features of his face conform to the golden ratio.<p>The golden ratio – or golden mean - is a number that is said to provide the …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Celestial Booger, Mars Road Map, and Frozen Lakes

A runaway star leaves a slime trail, Curiosity follows a road map, and the Great Lakes enter a deep freeze in this week's best space pictures.<p>Young, hot stars light up the Orion nebula in the above false-color image, released February 20, based on infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space …

Dogs and humans use similar parts of brain to listen

The study, which compared fMRI brain scans of dogs and humans, showed that dogs respond most to sounds from other dogs, and humans to the voices of …

The Editor's Letter From The March 2014 Issue Of Popular Science Magazine

In defense of sleep<p>On December 1 of last year at around 7:20 a.m., a speeding commuter train bound for New York City careened off its tracks, killing four and injuring 59. <i>Popular Science</i> is based in New York, so for us the accident was particularly scary, and we all waited eagerly for an …

The Fed Spent the Year of the Economic Crisis Pretty Sure It Had Things Under Control

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Federal Reserve published transcripts from its 2008 meetings on Friday, finally documenting for …

Apocalypse NAO: Are Robots Threatening Your Immortal Soul?

Last week, a Christian college in Matthews, North Carolina unveiled something unprecedented: a humanoid robot whose sole mission is to explore the ethical and theological ramifications of robotics.<p>Expectations, however, should be managed. The bot in question isn’t a clattering machine assembled in …

NSA employee resigns after admitting he aided Snowden

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>New documents reveal an unnamed civilian shared his access to classified information on NSANet<p>Dell Cameron<p>February 9, 2014 7:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>A civilian employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) has resigned his position after …

Germany and France are working together to keep internet traffic away from the US

The ongoing revelations about the extent of NSA data collection are causing other countries to tighten up their security and keep their citizens' data private. Germany in particular has been talking about keeping its internet traffic and email messages private within the country for some time, and …

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Gaming

From bringing a television production schedule to the video game industry to turning preservation into a noble and profitable business, these are the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Gaming.<p>1. Telltale Games<p><b>For bringing a television production schedule to the video game industry.</b> Game …

Adam Orth Is Turning His Personal Disaster Into A Beautiful Game

Adam Orth, one of last year’s most notorious people on the Internet, was nervous last week as he was showing me his new creation: a beautiful, …