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Omicron Won’t Ruin Your Booster

If it doesn’t happen with this variant, it’ll happen with the next one, or maybe the next. Some version of this coronavirus is bound to flummox our vaccines. In the past two years, SARS-CoV-2 has hopscotched across the globe, rejiggering its genome…


Why It's So Weird to Meet Zoom Friends In Real Life

Virtual friendships are transitioning from grainy video into real life, and creating a pandemic-induced feeling akin to déjà vu.


Like Watching Six Different Marriages Fall Apart

What is happening to the Beatles? Whose idea was this? What is going on? It’s January 1969, and look at them: stuck on a soundstage in Twickenham Film Studios—the Beatles!—sitting around like a bunch of YouTubers, idly generating content. They…


America Is Running Out of New Ideas

About the author: Derek Thompson is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and the media, and is the author of the Work in Progress newsletter. He is the author of Hit Makers and the host of the podcast…


Why People Turn Watching TV Into Work

The rise of the attention economy has accelerated our habit of engaging with our hobbies in a data-driven way.


What Makes a Vaccine’s Protection Last?

A vaccine’s value isn’t just in its peak performance; also essential to know is when, and how quickly, protection might start to decline.


The New COVID Drugs Are a Bigger Deal Than People Realize

About the author: Monica Gandhi is a professor of medicine and associate division chief of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at UCSF / San Francisco General Hospital.


What Happens When You’re the Investment

About the author: Rex Woodbury is an investor at Index Ventures and the author of the Digital Native newsletter. Alex Masmej revered Steve Jobs—his favorite shirt was emblazoned with Apples that changed the world: Adam’s, Isaac’s, Steve’s. Masmej…


The Game

Childhood is a fruitful source of inspiration for artists, but some return to it more than others. The poet Marie Howe is one of them. She grew up in a large Catholic family, the oldest of nine siblings and one of 100 first cousins; she said in 2017…


Does Wealth Rob the Brain of Compassion?

Paul Piff just landed on Park Place. I own it. “Shit,” he says. I also own three railroads, a couple of high-rent monopolies, and a smattering of random properties. Piff is low on cash. He’s toast. We’re playing Monopoly on a sunny pre-pandemic…


Stockton’s Basic-Income Experiment Pays Off

Two years ago, the city of Stockton, California, did something remarkable: It brought back welfare. Using donated funds, the industrial city on the edge of the Bay Area tech economy launched a small demonstration program, sending payments of $500 a…


Get a Heat Pump

If you’re like me, you know that getting rid of your car is one of the best things you can do for the climate, and also that you will never do it. This is a car-oriented country, and a car-oriented time.


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