Trump-Biden Debate Twitter Recap: Politics Is a Metaverse

Earlier this week, which is to say Sunday night, the New York Times dropped a bombshell, an almost-October-surprise just a couple days too early: President Trump’s taxes. Long a white whale of political journalism, the documents obtained by the Times showed that, among other things, Trump paid just $750 in federal income tax in 2016,… Read More »

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

After you send them the link, your friends will be able to join, provided they have also installed the browser extension and are logged into Netflix. During the playback, there will be a gray Netflix Party box for text chatting. You change your icon and username by clicking the circle at the top by the… Read More »

How to Win Any Debate

The first presidential debate is happening tonight and you can watch it here. However, once the candidates are done debating, you might find yourself in a debate of your own. If you want this discussion to be more productive than your last argument on Facebook, here are some strategies to help make sure you don’t… Read More »

Trump’s FCC Is Using Junk Data to Downplay Broadband Woes

You can’t fix a problem you don’t understand, and it’s very clear that the Federal Communications Commission under Donald Trump doesn’t want to understand its failure to make affordable broadband available to all Americans. During a pandemic when Americans are forced to work, learn, and get their health care online, the FCC’s refusal to accurately… Read More »

‘Where Law Ends’ Review: How the Mueller Investigation Fell Flat

But Weissmann finds himself disillusioned almost immediately—a moment he recounts in the book’s opening chapter as he reads Barr’s “summary” of the full Mueller report, frantically searching the attorney general’s letter on a Sunday afternoon for the scorching material that he knows is inside the report. “I could not fathom that our work over the… Read More »

13 Books You Need to Read This Fall

I’ve got a new phrase for you, if you’d like to leave people aghast this spooky season: anthropodermic bibliopegy, the practice of binding books in flayed human skin. These grisliest of tomes are the subject of Megan Rosenbloom’s (non-anthropodermic) book Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human… Read More »

Fish Form Social Networks—and They’re Actually Good

Characterizing such subtle dynamics is a departure from how ecologists typically model ecosystems, tending to write off in-the-moment decision-making as inconsequential to long timescales. “Under this convention, we tend to treat wild animals as kind of dumb,” Gil says. “We’re really kind of bucking tradition. And we found that this convention could be way off.”… Read More »

During Covid, Eating Disorder Patients Turn to Apps

Heather was 14 years old when an eating disorder took over her life. Twelve years and one global pandemic later, mandated shelter-in-place orders terminated the in-person care she had come to rely on. “As soon as Covid happened, I wasn’t able to go into the clinic anymore to meet with my clinicians,” she says of… Read More »