Andreas Richardson

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Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant

Abailiff pushed Jabar Ali Refaie’s wheelchair into a federal courtroom in Tampa, Florida, on September 20. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit and looking …

Crime

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

And why it was so hard to see it coming<p>In the media world, as in so many other realms, there is a sharp discontinuity in the timeline: before the 2016 election, and after.<p>Things we thought we understood—narratives, data, software, news events—have had to be reinterpreted in light of Donald Trump’s …

Journalism

How the humble S-bend made modern toilets possible

<b>"Gentility of speech is at an end," thundered an editorial in London's City Press, in 1858. "It stinks!"</b><p>The stink in question was partly metaphorical: politicians were failing to tackle an obvious problem.<p>As its population grew, London's system for disposing of human waste became woefully …

River Thames

China’s biggest ally in the South China Sea? A volcano in the Philippines

On June 15, 1991, an otherwise unremarkable mountain in the Philippines blew its top. And with that massive eruption, Mount Pinatubo became an unlikely actor that profoundly shaped today’s South China Sea power contest.<p>Right in the line of fire of the volcanic eruption, just 9 miles (14.5 km) away, …

South China Sea

How to Get a Jet With A Shattered Engine Across the Atlantic

The Airbus A380 is a beast. It’s a double-decker, superjumbo passenger plane, with four engines and a wingspan greater than two Boeing 737s side by …

Aviation

This European comedy sketch explains how the world sees America’s gun problem

From the outside, it’s just baffling.<p>When the rest of the world looks at America’s gun problem, it’s often with bafflement.<p><i>Sunday with Lubach</i>, which is sort of like the Dutch version of <i>Last Week Tonight with John Oliver</i>, looked at guns — specifically, the US’s love of firearms. And it’s very …

Gun Control

The Math Behind Gerrymandering and Wasted Votes

Simple math can help scheming politicians manipulate district maps and cruise to victory. But it can also help identify and fix the problem.<p>Imagine …

Democracy

You need four types of apps to achieve Inbox Zero

I spend 17 minutes per day on email, which has amounted to 7.43% of my total work time over the past 12 months.<p>The average information worker, in contrast, spends 28% of his or her time reading, writing, and responding to email — nearly four times as much.<p>To understand why this is so damaging, …

Productivity

Your news about China depends on intrepid journalists whose names you’ll probably never know

When the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad announced after an inquiry that its longtime China-based correspondent had fabricated parts of his recent stories, many Chinese news assistants working for foreign correspondents saw it as a vindication.<p>The newspaper had begun its probe after a social media …

China

The world’s first “negative emissions” plant has begun operation—turning carbon dioxide into stone

There’s a colorless, odorless, and largely benign gas that humanity just can’t get enough of. We produce 40 trillion kg of carbon dioxide each year, and we’re on track to cross a crucial emissions threshold that will cause global temperature rise to pass the dangerous 2°C limit set by the Paris …

Carbon Dioxide

Satellites spy Antarctic 'upside-down ice canyon'

<b>Scientists have identified a way in which the effects of Antarctic melting can be enhanced.</b><p>Their new satellite observations of the Dotson Ice Shelf show its losses, far from being even, are actually focused on a long, narrow sector.<p>In places, this has cut an inverted canyon through more than half …

Global Warming

If you want to know what David Davis really wants for Brexit, take a look inside his office – and weep

If your chosen destination is understanding the pathological delusion that is propelling us to disaster, David Davis’s office decor seems as useful a …

Brexit

Condom-detecting fingerprint test 'set for court use'

<b>Fingerprint technology which can detect the brand of hair gel used by a suspect or whether they have handled a condom could soon be admissible in court.</b><p>The technique uses a form of mass spectrometry to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint.<p>It can provide "diverse information" …

West Yorkshire Police

The city likely to win Amazon’s HQ2 is already a winner—and that’s a problem for America

As you’ve likely heard, our big ol’ friend Amazon is in search of a location for its second headquarters. Unsurprisingly, they have detailed prerequisites for this new location, specifically “strong local and regional talent—particularly in software development and related fields—as well as a …

Amazon

Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’

KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.<p>Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable …

Japan

Theresa May under pressure over ‘secret advice’ on halting Brexit

Prime minister is sent FOI request to publish legal guidance thought to argue that UK can stop EU divorce process at any time<p>Theresa May is under pressure to publish secret legal advice that is believed to state that parliament could still stop Brexit before the end of March 2019 if MPs judge that …

Brexit

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This story appears in the September 2017 issue of <i>National Geographic</i> magazine.<p><b>In a potato field</b> near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship <i>Enterprise.</i><p>From his perch 10 …

Agriculture

Citizens of anywhere

Globalisation has turned citizenship into a commodity. Matthew Valencia went shopping for a new passport and found bargains to be had<p>Jalal is an …

Citizenship

AIM Was Perfect, and Now It Will Die

A eulogy for the chatting service, which will shut down on December 15<p>You kids don’t understand. You could never understand.<p>You walk around in habitats of text, pop-up cathedrals of social language whose cornerstone is the rectangle in your pocket. The words and the alert sounds swirl around you …

Emotions

The Untold Tale Of How Porsche’s Supercar Got Into Microsoft’s New Game

Car companies used to keep video game makers at arms’ length. For the new Forza, Porsche went all-in to help, but its security measures were extraordinary.<p>Just before revealing the Porsche 911 GT2 RS to the world, Dan Greenawalt had a crisis of confidence.<p>The creative director for Microsoft’s Turn …

Forza Motorsport 7

The Computer That Predicted the U.S. Would Win the Vietnam War

A cautionary tale about the dangers of big data<p>At just about the halfway point of Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’s monumental documentary on the Vietnam War, an army advisor tells an anecdote that seems to sum up the relationship between the military and computers during the mid-1960s.<p>“There’s the old …

Vietnam War

Fresh twist in Facebook data transfer row

<b>The Irish High Court has referred a case about the way Facebook transfers user data across the Atlantic to the US to the EU's highest court.</b><p>The outcome, which could take months to be resolved, could affect thousands of companies who use similar systems.<p>It is the latest twist in a long-running legal …

Privacy

The White Privilege of the “Lone Wolf” Shooter

Paddock, like the majority of mass shooters in this country, was a white American. And that simple fact changes absolutely everything about the way …

Racism

Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?

<b>It was one of the world's most opulent railway stations, sitting imposingly on the French-Spanish border - but then it fell into disrepair. Now, writes Chris Bockman, the building is showing new signs of life.</b><p>When they built the station at Canfranc, it was on a grand scale and with no expense …

Trains

Frictionless borders: learning from Norway

<b>If you want to know how to run an efficient, hi-tech, virtually frictionless border - come to Norway. At least, that's what Norwegian Customs would have you believe.</b><p>But this country also has advice for the UK about making its border run smoothly after Brexit - it's about collaboration, not just …

Sweden

The deadly germ warfare island abandoned by the Soviets

During the Cold War, Vozrozhdeniya Island was a top-secret testing ground for deadly Soviet super-pathogens. Despite over two decades of abandonment, their legacy lives on.<p>On the Kazakh-Uzbek border, surrounded by miles of toxic desert, lies an island. Or at least, something that used to be an …

Microbiology

Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants

<b>The world's botanic gardens contain about a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered species, a study has found.</b><p>Scientists say that with one in five of the world's plants on the brink of extinction, botanic collections hold the key to saving rare plant life.<p>In the first detailed …

Gardening

The first round of National Geographic competition

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has opened and is already attracting stunning entries before it closes on 17 November.

Nature

How plastic became a victim of its own success

<b>"Unless I am very much mistaken, this invention will prove important in the future." Leo Baekeland wrote those words in his journal on 11 July, 1907. He was in a good mood. Aged 43, he'd done well.</b><p>Born in Belgium, his dad was a cobbler. He'd had no education, and didn't understand why young Leo …

Sustainability

May’s Florence speech confirmed it: we need to ditch Brexit

After the prime minister’s U-turns, the push is on for a soft Brexit. But the best deal of all is, and always was, staying in the EU<p>Theresa May’s Florence speech rams home why we shouldn’t be quitting the European Union at all.<p>As reality bites, the prime minister is being forced to give up on …

Brexit