The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball
An engineer sheds light on the ball’s much-debated curve. An Object Lesson.
The Dark Side of Networking
“If one person gets a leg up, that’s a leg down for whomever else is competing for those...
Oil Barrels Aren’t Real Anymore
Once a cask that held crude, the oil barrel is now mostly an economic concept. An Object Lesson.
When Escaping a Hurricane Means Risking Jail
A Florida sheriff department's plan to check warrants at shelters could risk lives among evacuees and first responders...
What a Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Learned From Condoleezza Rice
Michael McFaul, who served under President Obama, on being a diplomat in an often hostile environment
It’s Almost Impossible for Inmates to Get a Divorce
The average prisoner has neither the power to compel transportation to court nor the money to hire an...
Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio?
Like with many STEM-oriented fields, music production and sound engineering are dominated by men—though that’s very slowly changing.
Mentorship Cut Short by Suicide
The Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig discusses how Aaron Swartz's death shaped his own life's work.
The Great American Eclipse Hangover
Hundreds of thousands of people are leaving the path of totality in the afterglow of the astronomical event.
How Russia Treats Its Ukraine Veterans
Returning volunteer fighters have been treated more like an inconvenience than as national heroes.