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The Future Sep 21

Despite its reputation, weed is still illegal in the Netherlands

Once a progressive oasis, the country is falling behind the rest of the world in managing its cannabis supply chain.

The Future Sep 18

I had a mastectomy to lessen my risk of breast cancer. Does new science say that was a mistake?

A new study used CRISPR to reconstruct all of the possible BRCA gene mutations, and the odds that they all lead to cancer may be lower than the company that created the BRCA test would like us to believe.

The Future Sep 18

Obsessed with Cyberpunk 2077? Here are 22 fantastic cyberpunk things to play, watch, read, and hear

Find a way to pass the excruciating, indefinite amount of time until the game’s release.

By Joshua Topolsky

The Future Sep 17

Michigan’s water crisis is rapidly extending beyond Flint

Miss Michigan used her pageant airtime to speak up for Flint, as well as several other water crises in the state.

The Future Sep 17

Message to my haters: You are correct, I’m a Neanderthal

I am more Neanderthal than 96 percent of 23andme customers. What does this mean?

The Future Sep 16

A history of the internet, as told by maps

Sometimes going to the cutting edge requires reverting to the oldest tools around.

By Drew Millard

The Future Sep 14

Inside the remedial customer service class for deactivated Uber drivers

One of the only ways for drivers whose rating falls below about 4.5 stars to get reinstated is to take a class, where they get a side of labor organizing.

The Future Sep 13

Conspiracy theory: an alien, ‘Annihilation’ event is unfolding at Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico

We don’t know much, but what we do know points to the end of humanity.

The Future Sep 13

5 Juul flavors that need to exist for responsible adults ONLY

These aren’t real. But they should be.

The Future Sep 13

Better birth control options already exist, but we’re not allowed to have them

A new birth control method entering the market is good for a whole year, but it highlights how little progress we have made.

The Future Sep 12

Apple can delete purchased movies from your library without telling you

Turns out cloud storage is not all it’s cracked up to be.

The Future Sep 11

How to not get raped on a Tinder date, according to the app’s CEO

The new HBO documentary “Swiped” has some useful tips for women.

The Future Sep 09

Earth is hell, but space isn’t heaven

Classic NASA art showcases a vision of the future that isn’t exactly inviting.

The Future Sep 08

Government watchdog concludes FEMA wasn’t ready for last year’s hurricane season

No shit.

The Future Sep 07

Info Spiral: What are the teens doing?

A difficult-to-follow story, in convenient capsule form.

By Casey Johnston

The Future Sep 06

Well well well, look who is smoking the devil’s lettuce now, MOM

Baby boomer cannabis use has doubled in the last decade.

The Future Sep 05

A Good Place: Mr. Carlson’s electronics YouTube makes every problem seem manageable

It takes 47 minutes to fix an oscillope, but we know how to do it, and that even hard problems eventually get solved.

The Future Aug 31

Here’s how Google knows when an online ad makes you buy the product in real life

A report from Bloomberg found that Google is using credit card data to track real-life purchases, too.

The Future Aug 31

Info Spiral: How much water is left?

A difficult-to-follow story, in convenient capsule form.

By Paris Martineau

The Future Aug 30

If Bank of America thinks you’re not a U.S. citizen, say goodbye to your bank account

The company is shutting down the bank accounts of legal U.S. residents.