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Dogecoin

My Joke Cryptocurrency Hit $2 Billion and Something Is Very Wrong

Dogecoin's inventor looks to the past for insight into the future.
Jackson Palmer
1.11.18
on the shoulders of giants

I Felt Every Emotion Standing in the Shadows of NASA's Apollo 1 Fire

Traveling to Pad 34 last week—a trip generously arranged for me by NASA staff—made me feel like I finally knew my grandpa, who tried to save three astronauts.
Kaleigh Rogers
4.28.17
digital detox

What I Learned After Banning Screens From My Home for a Month

My partner and I traded mindless scrolling for a month of home-cooked meals and rediscovered hobbies.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.2.17
Features

Heat and Ashes: The Untold Story of the Apollo 1 Fire

Six rescuers tried to save the Apollo 1 astronauts from a suffocating, fiery death. My grandpa was one of them.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.27.17
death

A 60s Japanese Cartoon Predicted Our Autonomous Car Dilemma

Automating cars means automating death.
Jordan Pearson
9.30.16
Canada

Growing Up In Canada’s ‘Chemical Valley’ Convinced Me We Need to Ban Asbestos

The toxic fiber casts a dark shadow.
Jordan Pearson
5.17.16
All in Your Head

We're Scared of Robots Because We're Scared of Humans

Fear can't hide forever.
Jordan Pearson
10.28.15
Toronto

A 1985 Essay from a Bulletin Board System Admin Eerily Foretold Our Future

From privacy to the dark web, this obscure essay has it all.
Jordan Pearson
9.7.15
YouTube

What This YouTube Saxophone Player Taught Me About Nihilism

Three notes, flirting like a haphazardly orchestrated fleet of birds flying through a storm.
Jordan Pearson
5.16.15
Motherboard Blog

Marc Rich & Me

My name is Mark and I want to be Rich. His name was easy to remember.
Mark Bethune
7.5.13
Motherboard Blog

Hyper-Intelligent Space Dinosaurs Drink Red Wine for Health: Science Reporting Is Broken

Rewriting press releases allows bad science to become bad journalism.
Derek Mead
5.3.12
Motherboard Blog

What Does the Internet Look Like?

In 2007, _Popular Science_ broke important ground in Internet visualization theory—an ongoing effort to describe what happens behind our computer screens, or, more accurately, beyond them, inside Ethernet cables and satellites lying around in the upper...
Christine Smallwood
4.3.12
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