Dystopia

Malaysia may prosecute WhatsApp group admins over fake news

Malaysia follows India as it looks to WhatsApp to curb fake news.<p>Being a WhatsApp group chat admin is getting riskier in Malaysia.<p>The country's government may use an existing law to investigate WhatsApp group admins if they fail to curb the distribution of fake news (factually incorrect or …

Malaysia

Newswire: Jason Segel has a dystopian YA novel on the way

Jason Segel is the author of the best Dracula puppet musical in existence, but how will his writing skills translate to the world of YA dystopia? We’ll soon see, as <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> reports that Segel and Kirsten Miller are releasing <i>Otherworld</i>, the first in a trilogy of novels, this November. …

Authors

Ukraine marks 31st anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

None<p>A woman carries a portrait of her lost husband near a monument honoring people who were killed in cleanup efforts after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, during a memorial ceremony in Kiev, Ukraine on April 26, 2017. In the early hours of April 26, 1986 the Unit 4 reactor at the …

Ukraine

Chernobyl’s ghost town draws daring tourists — 31 years after nuclear blast

Pripyat was hastily evacuated one day after a reactor at the plant three kilometres away exploded on April 26, 1986. But its shell remains.

Chernobyl

Cory Doctorow dreams of a DRM-free utopia – so he's suing the US government to get it

Walkaway author Doctorow wants to 'kill all the DRM in the world in a decade'<p>Cory Doctorow fears for the future. Rising inequality, political …

Net Neutrality

Ukraine, Belarus leaders mark Chernobyl anniversary

The leaders of Ukraine and Belarus have toured the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, marking the 31st anniversary of the disaster. Debate continues over the death toll from radiation poisoning in the region.<p>Speaking near the site of the disaster, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko …

Energy

Trump Says He Is Cutting Back on Cable TV

The president says he doesn't need the “total negativity,” and describes his draw to TV audiences as the biggest “since the World Trade Center came down.”<p>You could be forgiven for not making it through the entire transcript of Donald Trump’s recent interview with the Associated Press. The …

Hulu

The Opioid Epidemic, the Border Wall, and Magical Thinking

President Trump’s confounding approach to drug policy.<p>President Trump knows that the United States is suffering through one of the worst drug epidemics on record. Its breadth was captured well by Christopher Caldwell, who looked back for comparisons. “A heroin scourge in America’s housing projects …

Addiction

The Fall of the French Left

With Benoît Hamon’s defeat, his Socialist Party may be obsolete.<p>In the first round of a French presidential election, there will, naturally, always be more losers than winners. But until Sunday, the Socialist Party had lost in the initial round only once before: In 2002, when incumbent Prime …

Democracy

How Trump Is Upending the Conventional Wisdom on Illegal Immigration

The president has been frustrated on many fronts in his first hundred days, but on his watch, unauthorized border crossings have fallen sharply.<p>Obamacare remains the law of the land. So does NAFTA. Tax reform exists only as pixels in a tweet. Infrastructure ain’t happening. Five months after the …

Immigration

The Fact of Feeling in Robert Frost’s ‘Directive’

Robert Frost once described his initial joy in making a poem as “the surprise of remembering something I didn’t know I knew.” As a method of getting at the truth, poetry has no claims to scientific rigor—and that’s not why I read it. Rather, I think of poetry as the fact of feeling: what happens …

Poetry

Facebook's First VR World Is a Hideous Bride-of-Frankenstein Creation

The concept of VR worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for decades, and has had a long time to accrue expectations as a result. Even without …

Virtual Reality

The Very Hungry Plastic-Eating Caterpillar

Could waxworms—or something inside them—help degrade the planet’s mountains of plastic waste?<p>When she’s not working in her lab at Spain’s IBBTEC institute, Federica Bertocchini keeps bees. One day, when she looked at her hives, she found them infested with caterpillars called waxworms. These …

Recycling

The Next Gluten

Plant proteins called lectins are an emerging source of confusion and fear.<p>Two weeks ago, a publicist sent me an early copy of a book that claimed it would change everything I thought I knew about food.<p>That happens a lot. This one caught my eye because it warned of the “hidden dangers lurking in my …

Nutrition

When Preschool Happens at Home

A program in Boston helps new parents find solace.<p>Samira Abdulkadir came to the United States 10 years ago, a young bride with a baby boy. She was from Somalia but came to the U.S. by route of Kenya, where she was married. The family settled just outside of Boston, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and …

Parenting

News Today - The Atlantic

Europe reacts to the French elections results, the looming U.S. government shutdown, and more from the United States and around the world.<p>—European leaders are warning against a victory for Marine Le Pen, the French far-right candidate who finished second in yesterday’s presidential election. She …

Marine Le Pen

The Mystery of 'Venus's Hair' After a Volcanic Eruption

How do long, white filaments grow out of barren rock?<p>In the summer of 2011, earthquake swarms started hitting the Canary Islands off the African coast. The ocean belched up sulfur, staining the water yellow and green. Fish died. Seawater bubbled over like a jacuzzi. Smoking lava balloons leapt from …

Volcanoes

Silicon Valley Looks to Reinvent the Internet

The HBO comedy hits the reboot button in its fourth year, and it’s never been funnier.<p>In its fourth season, <i>Silicon Valley</i> is facing the same problem many an established tech brand comes up against after a few years on the market: how to stay relevant? After charting the travails of Richard …

Silicon Valley

Which Xbox One games deserve a Scorpio upgrade?

In recent weeks, Microsoft has laid out some pretty impressive specs for the upcoming Project Scorpio. And if the final hardware is as beefy as …

Xbox

The Atlantic Daily: Presidential Progress

France’s election, Trump’s learning curve, Anne Frank’s legacy, and more<p>What We’re Following<p><b>The French Election:</b> Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and her independent centrist counterpart Emmanuel Macron advanced to the second round of the French presidential election yesterday. As neither Macron …

Marine Le Pen

The Leftovers: Meet Me in St. Louis

In the second episode of the final season, Nora went on a road trip.<p>Each week following episodes of the third and final season of <i>The Leftovers</i>, Sophie Gilbert and Spencer Kornhaber will discuss HBO’s drama about the aftermath of two percent of the world’s population suddenly vanishing.<p><b>Sophie</b> …

TV

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron Advance

For the first time in modern French history, neither candidate is from a major party.<p>Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right National Front, is through to the second round of the French presidential election, where she will face Emmanuel Macron, the independent, who won Sunday's first round …

France

The Gay, Conservative Christian Who Might Be Trump's NATO Ambassador

Richard Grenell’s struggles with his faith and identity inform his public work.<p>“I am writing to tell you that I am gay and I am a Christian.”<p>That was the opening line of the letter Richard Grenell, a former United Nations official, sent his evangelical parents when he decided to come out in 1999. …

LGBTQ

Nuclear War at the Royal Court

<i>Nuclear War</i> is a strange experiment, a collaboration between Simon Stephens and movement director Imogen Knight which springs from a twelve-page …

Nuclear War

Poem of the Day: ‘Gabardine’ by Ted Kooser

From our October 2009 issue, here’s Ted Kooser’s “Gabardine” in its entirety:<p>To sit in sunlight with other old men,<br>none with his legs crossed, our feet in loose shoes<br>hot and flat on the earth, hands curled in our laps<br>or on our knees, like birds that now and then<br>fly up with our words and settle …

Kendrick Lamar and Female Cartoonists: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of reading about arts and entertainment<p>Kendrick Lamar’s Holy Spirit <br>Hua Hsu | <i>The New Yorker</i><br>“The considerable pressure put on Lamar has been unfair, and <i>Damn</i> rejects the notion that he has all the answers. Still, within hours of its release, there were theories, which …

Kendrick Lamar

The Robbery Is A Single Take Dark Comedy Short About Armed Robbery Gone Wrong

People who are desperate enough to attempt an armed robbery often feel like they have nothing left to lose in their lives so they're not afraid to …

Armed Robbery

Texas Keeps Failing to Convince Federal Courts Its Voting Laws Aren't Racist

This time, judges found the statehouse maps to be intentional racial gerrymanders.<p>In March, a panel of federal judges ruled that Texas’s current congressional district maps had been intentionally drawn to “pack” and “dilute” minority votes in three districts in a way that constituted not only …

North Carolina

A Search for the Zombie Websites of 1995

The must-visit destinations from early cyberspace are mostly gone now.<p>Exploring the web of the early 1990s meant wandering into strange new territory, made stranger by the way people talked about it at the time.<p>Terms like “cyberspace,” “World Wide Web,” and “information superhighway” sound like …

World Wide Web

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

When virtual assistants almost pass as human, they only seem more robotic.<p>When a robot almost looks human—almost, but not quite—it often comes across as jarringly fake instead of familiar. Robots that are clearly artificial, like WALL-E or R2-D2, don’t have this problem. But androids like this one …

Chatbots