Palantir Knows Everything About You
Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American Citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers.
25 Minutes - by Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman and Jordan Robertson for Bloomberg
The Zero-Armed Bandit
A large, scary metal box with switches and ominous instructions mysteriously showed up in a casino in Lake Tahoe in 1980...
48 Minutes - by Allan Bellows for Damn Interesting
Philosophy's First Steps
Science asks questions and answers its big questions, so why is philosophy taking its time? Because it's only just getting started.
17 Minutes - by J L Schellenberg for Aeon
Avicii: The King of Oontz Oontz
A 2013 profile. RIP.
20 Minutes - by Jessica Pressler for GQ
The Mystery of the Killer Vacation
Chris Smith had just sold his company for $1 million and was sailing the world with his Playboy girlfriend, but then he disappeared. Then the question became, had Smith ever even sold his company? Where was he the whole time he'd been e-mailing his friends and family?
24 Minutes - by James Vlahos for GQ
Style is an Algorithm
No one is original anymore. Not even you.
30 Minutes - by Kyle Chayka for Racked
Retro: The First Lady is reported to be a woman so fiercely calculating she puts Nancy Reagan to shame. But while she remains her increasingly unpopular husband's greatest asset, is Barbara Bush just demanding equal time after a long hard career as a devoted political wife?
25 Minutes - by David Fricke for Rolling Stone
The Young & The Reckless
A gang of teen hackers snatched the keys to Microsoft's videogame empire. Then they went too far.
10 Minutes - by Brendan I. Koerner for Wired
Welcome to the Center of the Universe
For the men and women who use the Deep Space Network to talk to the heavens, failure is not an option.
22 Minutes - by Shannon Starone for Long Reads
When Will Britain Face Up to Its Crimes Against Humanity?
After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history.
21 Minutes - by Kris Manjapra for The Guardian