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dog and spilled food

The term “eating your own dog food” comes from programmers who force themselves to use the programs they create; that’s how the bugs get worked out. According to technology writer Clive Thompson, politicians should take a cue from the tech world – and live by their own policies. Read More...

multiple screens

Digital distractions bombard us every second and stop us from making a dent in that lengthy to-do list. Technology writer Clive Thompson explains how we could put our many screens to better use. Read More...

Justin Hall

Justin Hall began writing about his life online 20 years ago, before the word “blogging” even existed. He reflects on the pros and cons of a world where you can share your every thought. Read More...

Getting a shot

A growing mistrust of science has brought with it whooping cough epidemics and GMO bans, stalling society’s progress, argues Michael Specter, author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives. Read More...

Dubai international airport

Highways may have defined the 20th century, but airports are shaping the cities of the future, according to John Kasarda, author of Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next. Read More...

slinky in the sea

A stray piece of metal in a Philadelphia shipyard provided the inspiration for an affordable toy with a uniquely American twist. Read More...

messy cabinets

Everyone fails – the difference is whether you fail the right way or the wrong way. Anjali Sastry, co-author of Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner explains the valuable insights that can be gleaned from flops. Read More...

fixing a computer

Electronic waste is piling up in landfills. We chucked 2.4 million tons of it in 2010 and recycled just 27 percent. Technology writer Clive Thompson argues that a fixer movement could solve this century-old problem. Read More...

I Voted

From fact-checking officials to finding out if your cheese is Republican or Democrat, here’s a list of our five favorite apps to get you through the election season. Read More...

Converse Lost

Once the elections are over, the techies who helped candidates get elected often take off for larger salaries and hoodie-filled offices. Harper Reed, the CTO for Obama’s re-election campaign, explains what the government’s really up against. Read More...

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