Meet the worlds greatest techno-optimist.

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In the our upcoming cover story, writer T.A. Frank takes a look at the new epidemic of television shows set in our nation's capital—"Homeland," "House of Cards," "Scandal," "The Americans," and "Veep"—to see what they say about power in today's Washington. Read the story online next week.    Photo illustration by Gluekit.

Amazing Sculptures of Insects Made from Old Mechanical Parts

Edouard Martinet turns motorcycle headlights and umbrella ribs into beautiful living things

Edouard Martinet turns motorcycle headlights and umbrella ribs into beautiful living things.

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Western newspapers have come up with some creative explanations for Japan’s dropping birth rate, many of which revolve around the (unsubstantiated) idea that Japanese people don’t like sex.

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The unique peace of flying is about to be shattered by the inane chatter of your fellow travelers.

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A Heartbreaking Contemporary Account of America's Grief for Kennedy

The New Republic Covers The Assassination of JFK

To read more of The New Republic's coverage of the Kennedy Assassination, click here. 

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Malcolm Gladwell Is America's Best-Paid Fairy-Tale Writer

The heavily-footnoted uplift of 'David and Goliath'

What do you get when you read a book that reinforces your beliefs while making you feel nonconformist? 

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An Interview With Neil Gaiman, the Internet's Favorite Fantasy Writer

"It was much, much more fun being absolutely unknown"

"The big thing for me is there’s nothing wrong with escape. Someone who is in a difficult or impossible situation who is offered an unlocked door to somewhere else that they can go through, and they can go through and they can get away..."

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Television's Love Affair With John F. Kennedy

The New Republic Covers The Assassination of JFK

To read more of The New Republic's coverage of the Kennedy Assassination, click here. 

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How Many Cups of Coffee Should You Drink Per Day?

A cost-benefit analysis

The research on the health effects of coffee is hardly cohesive. Is it good or bad for you? The American Heart Association is just the latest to support the former, with new evidence that coffee may improve cardiovascular health. We’ve rounded up some studies so you can do your own cost-benefit analysis.

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