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When Will Cars Go Extinct?

A technology historian talks to Emily Badger about the decline of the car–and why most of us can’t conceive of it.<p>Last week on <i>The Atlantic Cities</i>, Emily Badger had a fascinating piece on “socio-technological transitions,” a term that refers to long-term shifts in technology. In it, she talks to …

This Guy Became An Expert On Syrian Arms Trafficking, Just By Watching YouTube

Eliot Higgins, AKA Brown Moses, represents a strange new breed: the armchair weapons analyst.<p>Last October, Eliot Higgins, a 34-year-old resident of Leicester, England, lost his job. With time to waste, he turned to YouTube. Now, he’s one of the world’s foremost experts on the flow of illegal …

Human Rights

Stamp-On Circuits Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger

Remarkable new tech that places ultra-thin circuits on your skin could revolutionize health care, entertainment, and more.<p>Transistors. Resistors. Capacitors. Inductors. Diodes. RF antennas. Inductive coils. Lithium ion batteries. These are the components of microprocessors, wireless communications, …

Your Lazy Coworkers Are Happier Than You Are

I knew a guy once, and maybe you did, too. He came in late. He left early. His output was consistently lousy, and when the chips were down, he was never the guy tapped to stay late.<p>But boy, did he smile a lot.<p>According to new research, there’s a good chance that guy really was lazier and happier …