Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?

Percival Lowell wasn’t the first to think he’d discovered life on Mars, but he was among the last. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the American astronomer published a series of books promoting his theory that observable features on the surface of the Red Planet were the handiwork of an intelligent species on…

Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online

Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online

In March 2019, amid the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, the far right made a collective migration from an array of messenger platforms and discussion boards to the messaging app Telegram. On their new home—the same one ISIS adopted as its digital headquarters in 2015—neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups steadily grew their audiences by the…

Dear Joe Biden: Don’t Listen to Silicon Valley

Dear Joe Biden: Don’t Listen to Silicon Valley

Dear Vice President Biden, In this moment when a pandemic, an economic contraction, and protests against racism have combined to trigger national self-reflection, you have an opportunity to lead us forward to a better America, one that comes closer to the nation’s ideals than ever before. I am one of millions of Americans looking to…

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Covid Kills More Men Than Women. Experts Still Can’t Explain Why

Harvard’s GenderSci Lab is unlike most university laboratories. The group’s mandate is to interrogate the scientific study of sex and gender; it brings together historians, anthropologists, social scientists, and philosophers. So when the coronavirus crisis reached the US in March, they didn’t have to halt half-completed experiments or scramble to make arrangements for lab animals.…

How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

Whether you’ve been working from home for a decade or have been thrust into the remote office for the first time, navigating the minefield of text-only communication can be dense, difficult, and draining. Slack is the go-to communication program for many remote offices, but used improperly, you could end up unintentionally annoying all your coworkers.…