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One Woman's Ordeal with Texas' New Sonogram Law

Halfway through my pregnancy, I learned that my baby was ill. Profoundly so. My doctor gave us the news kindly, but still, my husband and I weren’t prepared. Just a few minutes earlier,…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2210 words)

What happened when one of the world’s most unusual, and beloved, computer programmers disappeared.

In March 2009, Golan Levin, the director of Carnegie Mellon University’s interdisciplinary STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, invited an enigmatic and famed computer programmer known to the virtual…
PUBLISHED: March 15, 2012
LENGTH: 30 minutes (7725 words)

What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447

For more than two years, the disappearance of Air France Flight 447 over the mid-Atlantic in the early hours of June 1, 2009, remained one of aviation's great mysteries. How could a technologically…
AUTHOR:Jeff Wise
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2109 words)

The Cruelest Show on Earth

Bullhooks. Whippings. Electric shocks. Three-day train rides without breaks. Our yearlong investigation rips the big top off how Ringling Bros. treats its elephants. By Deborah Nelson on Mon.…
LENGTH: 31 minutes (7819 words)

Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole)

I met Steve Jobs while I worked at Gizmodo. He was always a gentleman. Steve liked me and he liked Gizmodo. And I liked them back. Some of my friends who I used to work with at Gizmodo…
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1965 words)

Hecho en America

Wash the apple before you bite into it, because that's the way you were raised. Germs, pesticides, dirt, gunk, it doesn't matter—just wash it. The fingerprints, too, go down the drain with the rest. It's easy to forget that there are people who harvest our food. Sometimes, maybe, we are reminded of the seasons and the sun and the way of the apple tree, and if we multiply that by millions of apple trees, times millions of tomato plants, times all the other fruits and vegetables, we realize, holy potato chips, that's a lot of picking. Without 1 million people on the ground, on ladders, in bushes—armies of pickers swooping in like bees—all the tilling, planting, and fertilizing of America's $144 billion horticultural production is for naught. The fruit falls to the ground and rots.
PUBLISHED: Sept. 24, 2011
LENGTH: 26 minutes (6507 words)

Ranger Rick and the Coyote

Texans, and Rick Perry in particular, are not known for their modesty, so its a good idea to assume that a little swagger might be involved in any homespun yarn involving physical prowess. I do know…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 10, 2011
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2131 words)

The Billionaire King of Techtopia

Friedman was soon pitching to Peter Thiel, a staunch libertarian himself, the big, weird idea. It goes like this: Friedman wants to establish new sovereign nations built on oil-rig-type platforms anchored in international waters—free from the regulation, laws, and moral suasion of any landlocked country. They'd be small city-states at first, although the aim is to have tens of millions of seasteading residents by 2050. Architectural plans for a prototype involve a movable, diesel-powered, 12,000-ton structure with room for 270 residents, with the idea that dozens—perhaps even hundreds—of these could be linked together. Friedman hopes to launch a flotilla of offices off the San Francisco coast next year; full-time settlement, he predicts, will follow in about seven years; and full diplomatic recognition by the United Nations, well, that'll take some lawyers and time.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 23, 2011
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3425 words)

The Diva and Her Demons: Rolling Stone's 2007 Amy Winehouse Cover Story

Alongside the world's tallest free-standing tower, one of the world's tiniest pop stars is crouched next to a garbage pail, collecting a pile of eyeliner pencils and mascara tubes between her hands. While Amy Winehouse wanders the courtyard of Toronto's 1,815-foot CN Tower in search of a plastic bag to hold her cosmetics, the man who was her fiancé on that May but who would be her husband five days later smokes a cigarette from my pack and looks bored. Blake Fielder-Civil — or "Baby," as Winehouse calls him, in an array of inflections that strains imagination — gestures toward the trash can. Her soda spilled inside her fake Louis, he says, pointing at the beaten-up mock Lois Vuitton purse atop the rubbish. "She had that bag for ages."
PUBLISHED: June 14, 2007
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3725 words)