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Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?

For a century, we’ve loved our cars. They haven’t loved us back.

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The Complex Business of Vaccine Mandates

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Tougher mandates may be necessary—but we shouldn’t ignore the harm that they can cause.

October 15, 2021

The Mysterious Case of the COVID-19 Lab-Leak Theory

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Did the virus spring from nature or from human error?

October 12, 2021

The Moral Bankruptcy of Facebook

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The whistle-blower Frances Haugen hoped that her revelations would prompt a reckoning. Instead, the company has doubled down.

October 7, 2021

The Challenges of Regulating Cryptocurrency

Billboards show the Coinbase logo in Times Square after the cryptocurrency exchange’s IPO in April

The S.E.C. has yet to set clear rules on cryptocurrencies, leaving the industry guessing. Maybe that’s just how the agency wants it.

October 6, 2021

When a Child Is Hospitalized with COVID

Stuffed animals lie on a hospital bed in a pediatric ward.

The Delta variant created a relative surge in coronavirus cases among kids. But the over-all risk to children remains low.

September 22, 2021
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The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies

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New “living drugs”—made from a patient’s own cells—can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?

Parenting by the Numbers

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The economist Emily Oster challenges the conventional wisdom on child rearing.

The Fight for the Future of YouTube

Susan Wojcicki.

The video giant’s recent travails underscore a basic question: How “neutral” should social-media platforms try to be?

The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification

Housing in Berlin.

The city’s reputation as a place where artists and creative types can afford to live as they please is eroding.


Why a Psychiatrist Collected Premonitions

Sam Knight discusses his reporting on how a psychiatrist set out to collect the dreams and forebodings of the British public.