Last August, Zac Plansky woke to find that the rifle scopes he was selling on Amazon had received 16 five-star reviews overnight. Usually, that would be a good thing, but the reviews were strange. The
Going on a coffee run with Waymo One It is late afternoon in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, and I’m getting jittery waiting for my self-driving car to make a left turn before arriving at the shop.
Inside the massive factory where Tesla will soon make 60 percent of the world’s lithium-ion batteries Right now, in the desert just east of Reno, Nevada, Tesla is drilling into recently laid asphalt to
She claims her once-promising career was sidelined Lara Carlson remembers November 20th, 2012, as a pivotal moment in a bruising conflict with her employer, the University of New England. On that day,
Gov. Scott Walker promised billions to get a Foxconn factory, but now he’s running away from it It was a veritable lovefest in Milwaukee in July 2017 when Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn chairman
Google’s Android operating system has undergone a pretty incredible metamorphosis since it debuted on the T-Mobile G1 on October 22nd, 2008. A decade might seem like a long time, but on the scale of the
Teenagers are flocking to electric scooter services like Bird and Lime, ignoring requirements that riders be age 18 or older Angelica watched nervously as the police officer questioned the boy. It was
Nuclear waste is all dressed up with nowhere to go When I got to the San Onofre State Beach about 60 miles north of San Diego, the red sun of fire season was sandwiched on the horizon between a layer fog
In 2018, what is left to explore in the world? It seems unlikely, say, that humans might find an untouched forest to study, someplace that hasn’t been bulldozed and burnt and exploited within an inch its
At a Kiev nightclub in the spring of 2012, 24-year-old Ivan Turchynov made a fateful drunken boast to some fellow hackers. For years, Turchynov said, he’d been hacking unpublished press releases from newswires
Long before phone addiction panic gripped the masses and before screen time became a facet of our wellness and digital detoxes, there was one good and wise piece of technology that served our families.
As California’s largest lake dries up, it threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust On May 29th, 2009, Michelle Dugan and her family began the 600-mile trip from El Centro, California to Bay
When Coca-Cola announced plans earlier this year to recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging by 2030, the company touted the effort as building on its success with sustainable water use.
Huge groups of vulnerable people looking for help are a rehab marketer’s dream When Laurie Couch first joined the Affected by Addiction Support Group, a closed Facebook group with 70,000 members, she a
If anyone blows up a nuke, this is how we’ll know When North Korea tested a nuclear device on September 3rd, 2017, the explosion sent vibrations shuddering through the Earth. About 45 minutes later, a
The Google spinoff has a head start in AI, but can they maintain the lead? Right now, a minivan with no one behind the steering wheel is driving through a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. And while that may
Offline and back into the dark Although FOSTA, or the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, was just signed on April 11th, the impact of the law has been immediate — and
Facebook is an emotional labor machine, and if you want to leave it, you’re going to have to start doing a lot of work When I was in college, my high school best friend and I had a terrible falling-out.
In Egypt, dating apps are a refuge for a persecuted LGBTQ community, but they can also be traps Firas knew something was wrong when he saw the checkpoint. He was meeting a man in Dokki’s Mesaha Square,
It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world. In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow
A spider brooch-wearing mathematician On a crisp Saturday morning in Orsay, a southwestern suburb of Paris with some 16,500 inhabitants, the rue de Paris was bustling. But while many residents were doing
For most of her life, Tammy Dobbs, who has cerebral palsy, relied on her family in Missouri for care. But in 2008, she moved to Arkansas, where she signed up for a state program that provided for a caretaker
How the $36 billion video game industry burns out its best employees In 2012, on a light-drenched stage amid screams and cheers, Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana announced Spike Video Game Awards’ game of
Paul Spencer, a Congressional candidate in Little Rock, Arkansas, has never worked at a tech company. He doesn’t represent tech industry issues. He doesn’t even own a laptop or smartphone. He typically
After 10 years of documenting memes, nobody has seen this much shit Brad Kim’s mother recently found Jesus, which is nice but a little bit of a problem for him. “I don’t know how to tell my mom, like,
Palantir deployed a predictive policing system in New Orleans that even city council members don’t know about In May and June 2013, when New Orleans’ murder rate was the sixth-highest in the United States,
How communities struggle — and sometimes fail — to stop sexual assault In November, The Verge published the harrowing allegations by seven women outlining over a decade of physical and violent sexual by
Scientists can now link disasters to climate change, opening the door to lawsuits against fossil fuel companies Last summer, Ryan Coonerty, a county supervisor in Santa Cruz, got word that the neighboring
It’s the latest battle for equal rights in China, but it won’t be the last On Valentine’s Day in 2012, Xiao Meili walked through a Beijing commercial district in a wedding dress, its shimmering white splattered