There’s a reason you constantly check your phone. Sharon Begley explains the science behind our compulsions.

Who was Steve Jobs’ Steve Jobs? Edwin Land. We explore the life and legacy of the founder of Polaroid.

Fandom is a multi-billion dollar industry. Zoe Fraade-Blanar tells us how companies use our obsessions to make money.

Can’t stop checking your phone? Blame your distant ancestors. Read more....

There are fans. And then there are superfans. Author Zoe Fraade-Blanar explains the difference between the two. Read more....

Who was Steve Jobs’ Steve Jobs? Edwin Land. We explore the life and legacy of the founder of Polaroid. Read more....

It can be difficult to know what people are thinking. So how can we unearth our real selves? Google, says Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.

 Older Americans have the AARP. Gun owners have the NRA. And now, kids have Common Sense Media.

 What can a couple of inkblots say about you? Apparently, a lot. We talk with Damion Searls about the rise of the Rorschach test.

Racism doesn’t just exist in the South, men really care about penis size, and having mutual friends doesn’t mean your relationship will work out. Turns out, there’s a lot you can learn from online data. Read more....

Older Americans have the AARP. Gun owners have the NRA. But one of the biggest swaths of our population has very little political power. Read more....

Whether you’ve encountered them in real life, or just in the video for Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” Rorschach tests are everywhere. Damion Searls tells us about their history and impact. Read more....

Science is great. Except when it gives us stuff like heroin and TNT. Paul Offit explains what we can all learn from science's mistakes.

A small, insular group controls the world’s financial system. No, they aren’t lizard-people. They're superhubs.

The way we sleep now was invented in the 18th century. Benjamin Reiss takes us on a tour of sleep’s history.

You may spend a third of your life asleep… but how much do you know about it, really? Benjamin Reiss walks us through the history of sleep. Read more....

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