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The Improbable Origins of PowerPoint

Here’s the surprising story behind the software that conquered the world, one slide at a time.


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A Very Old Man for a Wolf

He was the alpha male of the first pack to live in Oregon since 1947. For years, a state biologist tracked him, collared him, counted his pups, weighed him, photographed him, and protected him. But then the animal known as OR4 broke one too many rules.


Walter Isaacson’s ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Is the Portrait of a Real Renaissance Man

Because Walter Isaacson has made a cottage industry of writing about Renaissance men, it’s no surprise, really, that he’s finally landed on a subject from the actual Renaissance. Like the other idols in Isaacson’s gallery of polymaths and visionaries — Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs — Leonardo da Vinci was born with extra bundles of receptors, attuned to frequencies his peers could not hear and capable of making connections no one else could see, especially between the sciences and the humanities.


Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt On Fake News, Russia, And “Information Warfare”

“One of the things I did not understand,” says Schmidt, “was that these systems can be used to manipulate public opinion in ways that are quite inconsistent with what we think of as democracy.”


Forget About The 10,000-Hour Rule. Thomas Edison, Jeff Bezos, And Mark Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule

Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice in a rapidly changing world.


Our Number's Up

Plenty of pre-literate cultures that have no tradition of writing or institutional education, including indigenous societies in Australia, South America and Africa, lack specific words for numbers larger than about five or six. Bigger numbers are instead referred to by generic words equivalent to ‘several’ or ‘many’.


Lonely? Short of Friends? Try Looking at It Differently

You never see your friends at home alone in their pyjamas, eating pickled onion Monster Munch while watching The X Factor and feeling sorry for themselves.


A Post-Obama Democratic Party in Search of Itself

The 44th president left office as one of the most popular in American history. He also left behind a party struggling to find an identity — and to reconnect with voters in time for the 2018 elections.


The Problem of Doctors' Salaries

An economist argues that American doctors get paid too much—and offers some bold ideas on what to do about it.


Google and Amazon Are Spearheading a Quiet Gadget Revolution, and It's Going to Put Pressure on Apple Most of All

The iPhone you own today is many millions of times more powerful than NASA's state of the art computers when Moore posited his famous law. But whichever smartphone you own ten years from now may not be that much more powerful than the iPhone X you might be getting in November, if only in terms of processing power.


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