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Was the Automotive Era a Terrible Mistake?

For a century, we’ve loved our cars. They haven’t loved us back.

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The Case for Free-Range Lab Mice

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A growing body of research suggests that the unnatural lives of laboratory animals can undermine science.

February 18, 2023

Does the President Have Control Over Inflation?

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Republicans have blamed Joe Biden for inflation rates, and Biden has claimed credit for reducing them. But maybe neither is entirely deserved.

February 11, 2023

ChatGPT Is a Blurry JPEG of the Web

OpenAI’s chatbot offers paraphrases, whereas Google offers quotes. Which do we prefer?

February 9, 2023

The Promise of a New Alzheimer’s Drug

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For decades, scientists have debated the causes of cognitive decline. Is an effective treatment finally around the corner?

February 7, 2023

Whispers of A.I.’s Modular Future

ChatGPT is in the spotlight, but it’s Whisper—OpenAI’s open-source speech-transcription program—that shows us where machine learning is going.

February 1, 2023
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The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies

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New “living drugs”—made from a patient’s own cells—can cure once incurable cancers. But can we afford them?

Parenting by the Numbers

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The economist Emily Oster challenges the conventional wisdom on child rearing.

The Fight for the Future of YouTube

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The video giant’s recent travails underscore a basic question: How “neutral” should social-media platforms try to be?

The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification

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The city’s reputation as a place where artists and creative types can afford to live as they please is eroding.

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Why a Psychiatrist Collected Premonitions

Sam Knight discusses his reporting on how a psychiatrist set out to collect the dreams and forebodings of the British public.