What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico’s Year of Fighting for Power

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Several weeks before he would become a folk hero across Puerto Rico, Jorge Bracero slipped in a puddle at San Juan’s central power plant and broke his leg. After a few days in a cast, he began to feel pain so intense he was unable to sleep or eat. When doctors realized he had developed […]

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This Hearing Aid Can Translate For Youand Track Steps Too

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It’s too loud for me to hear inside the Cupertino coffee bar, but Achin Bhowmik says it doesn’t bother him. He’s got a superpower, he says. If I look closely—very closely—I can see the tiny plastic tubes reaching from his ear canals to small devices hidden behind his ears. The hearing aids are running machine-learning […]

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385 Feet of Crazy: The Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever

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Paul Allen, the billionaire funding Strato­launch, has been fascinated with space travel since childhood. “When you see that giant plane, it’s a little nutty,” he says. But his goal is more practical: competing in the private space business. Rutan called that effort SpaceShipOne. Richard Branson, another billionaire fascinated by space, and who knew Rutan, caught […]

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A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandoras Box for DIY Guns

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Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .380-caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin […]

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Big Tech Isnt the Problem With Homelessness. Its All of Us

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Tent cities, like this one in Los Angeles, have proliferated in urban centers of the West Coast. That reason? It’s cheaper than an emergency room visit. “In the highest-risk people, you can offset the costs,” Kushel says. And in the rest, the best available research says Housing First might not save money—but it's better spent […]

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This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality

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In March, Ajit Pai, the 45-year-old chair of the Federal Communications Commission, took to the internet—a community he joyfully inhabits and grudgingly regulates—to pay tribute to his favorite movie. “It’s not just, like, my opinion, man: 20 years ago today, #TheBigLebowski—the greatest film in the history of cinema—was released,” Pai wrote on Twitter. “Decades on, […]

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