Conquer the World. The Great American Home Problem. The Wealthiest Baby Boomers.

Bitcoin Is a Delusion That Could Conquer the World

The cryptocurrency’s current price is completely unreal. Then again, so is money.


The It-Gift Of The Season? An Electric Toothbrush

Gift guides from Oprah’s O-List to BuzzFeed are cheering for the quip electric toothbrush (from $25). Timed vibrating bristles guide better brushing, slim design makes brushing everywhere (and stocking stuffing) easy, and brush heads ($5) are auto-delivered on time.

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Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity

What a silent evening with an author I admired taught me about solitude and writing well.


What Marvel Has That Everyone Else Wants

The Marvel Cinematic Universe—an overlapping world of movies, TV shows, and the licensing that goes with them—has changed the way that Hollywood approaches storytelling. Does the industry know what it’s getting into?


An 11th-Hour Raid by the Wealthiest Baby Boomers

The Republican tax plan would stick young people with the bill, right as political influence is shifting to America’s diverse younger generations.


Trapped: The Grenfell Tower Story

Buildings aren’t supposed to burn the way London’s Grenfell Tower did. But to the residents stuck inside, and to the firefighters who rushed to save them, this was a different kind of fire.


The Great American Single-Family Home Problem

Building more housing, more densely, could help address a widespread economic challenge. A fight over one lot in Berkeley, Calif., shows how tough that could be.


Matt Lauer’s Firing and NBC’s Theatre of Accountability

NBC’s announcement of the “Today” show host Matt Lauer’s dismissal was a savvy display of moral maneuvering.


The Layoff Effect: What Is ESPN After the Carnage?

The Worldwide Leader in Sports has been forced to reduce its ambition and, once again, its workforce. So if it isn’t a planet-conquering force, what is its goal?


There's an Implosion of Early-Stage vc Funding, and No One's Talking About It

Amid record amounts of capital raised by VCs worldwide, and a sharp rise in the number of private “unicorns” valued at $1 billion-plus, there has been a quiet, barely noticed implosion in early-stage VC activity worldwide.


The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant

Eric Leuthardt believes that in the near future we will allow doctors to insert electrodes into our brains so we can communicate directly with computers and each other.


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