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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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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What Tech Hasand HasntDone for Puerto Rico

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Two weeks after Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump flew to Puerto Rico, toured a relatively affluent neighborhood there, and expressed his relief that the storm had not been “a real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina. He jokingly chided Puerto Ricans for throwing the federal budget a “little out of whack.” In reality, Maria caused the largest blackout […]

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