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Fifty-five decibels. That is as loud as the room got when American chess wunderkind Bobby Fischer took on the Soviet chess machine Boris Spassky on July 11, 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Officials began monitoring the hall’s sound levels when Fischer...

Ego Moves First

Fifty-five decibels. That is as loud as the room got when American chess wunderkind Bobby Fischer took on the Soviet chess machine Boris Spassky on July 11, 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Officials began monitoring the hall’s sound levels when Fischer...

Within four years of State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power requiring its workers to wear electroencephalogram (EEG) neurodata headsets, the Chinese company’s profits jumped by $315 million. During this time, employees faced pressure to work more effic...

A No-Brainer

Within four years of State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power requiring its workers to wear electroencephalogram (EEG) neurodata headsets, the Chinese company’s profits jumped by $315 million. During this time, employees faced pressure to work more effic...

For the US military, recruitment starts in the living room. Video games franchises like Call of Duty and Halo introduce a fun, romanticized, and low-stakes version of warfare to millions of American teens—mostly young men and boys. Gameplay focuses...

Ctrl + Alt + Enlist

For the US military, recruitment starts in the living room. Video games franchises like Call of Duty and Halo introduce a fun, romanticized, and low-stakes version of warfare to millions of American teens—mostly young men and boys. Gameplay focuses...

For much of its existence, Armenia has been tossed between its larger, stronger neighbors—first Rome and Parthia, then Byzantium and the Abbasids, and later the Safavids and Ottomans. This pattern shows no signs of stopping. On September 11, 2023, ...

Arms for Armenia

For much of its existence, Armenia has been tossed between its larger, stronger neighbors—first Rome and Parthia, then Byzantium and the Abbasids, and later the Safavids and Ottomans. This pattern shows no signs of stopping. On September 11, 2023, ...

For the past decade, progressive discourse around sex work has revolved around which comprehensive national legal approach—decriminalization or legalization—is most effective. As politicians in the United States engage in perpetual conflict over ...

The World’s Oldest Profession

For the past decade, progressive discourse around sex work has revolved around which comprehensive national legal approach—decriminalization or legalization—is most effective. As politicians in the United States engage in perpetual conflict over ...

In 2024, exactly one hundred years after Paris last hosted the Summer Olympics, France will once again welcome the Games. With an economy still recovering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a historically unpopular president, and an energy...

French Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye

In 2024, exactly one hundred years after Paris last hosted the Summer Olympics, France will once again welcome the Games. With an economy still recovering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a historically unpopular president, and an energy...

It would take Russian forces 60 hours to reach all three Baltic capitals. In less than three days, NATO members Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are cut off at Kaliningrad, strangled for resupply, and cannibalized. In this war game, the combined forces...

You Can’t Sit With Us

It would take Russian forces 60 hours to reach all three Baltic capitals. In less than three days, NATO members Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are cut off at Kaliningrad, strangled for resupply, and cannibalized. In this war game, the combined forces...

Greece is undeniably beautiful: a Mediterranean haven that promises a rich, historic culture and a gorgeously blue sea. Or so argues the Greek summer advertisement released two years ago to promote Greek tourism after Covid-19 devastated the industry...

When Socrates Preached Racism

Greece is undeniably beautiful: a Mediterranean haven that promises a rich, historic culture and a gorgeously blue sea. Or so argues the Greek summer advertisement released two years ago to promote Greek tourism after Covid-19 devastated the industry...

Before getting in bed, classmates-turned-lovers Marianne and Connell take each other’s clothing off piece by piece. The two take a moment to check in, asking, “Is that good?” as their kissing intensifies. Marianne also takes the opportunity to ...

A Critique of Consent

Before getting in bed, classmates-turned-lovers Marianne and Connell take each other’s clothing off piece by piece. The two take a moment to check in, asking, “Is that good?” as their kissing intensifies. Marianne also takes the opportunity to ...

Last year, 16-year-old James Bascoe-Smith was stabbed near his home in south London. From his wheelchair, Bascoe-Smith testified at the Old Bailey about his life-altering injuries. The jury was told his attack may have been provoked by an online dril...

The War On Drill

Last year, 16-year-old James Bascoe-Smith was stabbed near his home in south London. From his wheelchair, Bascoe-Smith testified at the Old Bailey about his life-altering injuries. The jury was told his attack may have been provoked by an online dril...

Why would a country choose to change its name? Historically, name changes have often followed regime changes, especially after decolonization. Ceylon became Sri Lanka after the departure of the Portuguese, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe when the Belgia...

A Rose By Any Other Name

Why would a country choose to change its name? Historically, name changes have often followed regime changes, especially after decolonization. Ceylon became Sri Lanka after the departure of the Portuguese, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe when the Belgia...

In 2015, researchers from the US Army Corps of Engineers published findings that, to Chesapeake Bay area residents, were likely unsurprising: Tangier Island is sinking, and fast. A tiny island west of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the current home t...

Down Goes Tangier

In 2015, researchers from the US Army Corps of Engineers published findings that, to Chesapeake Bay area residents, were likely unsurprising: Tangier Island is sinking, and fast. A tiny island west of Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the current home t...