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The Pleasure Principle • The real reason conspiratorial beliefs are so difficult to dislodge.
Everybody’s Working for the Good-Binge • Why do we still speak as if our days are ruled by the sundial and the pendulum clock? New times call for new timescales!
iBuying Trouble • Zillow botched its home-flipping program, losing a fortune in the process. Opendoor thinks it can do better. The key? More data.
Error: North Korea Not Found • Appalled by the Hermit Kingdom’s cyberattacks on security researchers—and the lack of a US government response—one hacker took matters into his own hands.
READOUT • The world, quantified.
Fight the Algorithmic Power • To push back against unfair labor practices, China’s food delivery workers are using social media, unofficial unions, and even the software that drives the gig economy.
Private Eyes • Diving into virtual reality is easier than ever—and it’s finally worth it.
Must-Play Games • Find these titles on all VR platforms.
WIRED RECOMMENDS • The latest picks from our reviews team.
DEAR CLOUD SUPPORT: My Data Is Consuming My Life • Recently my laptop started glitching. I backed up 90 gigs of photos, videos, and ideas for a novel, fixed the issue, and moved everything back again. It took three weeks. Managing my digital life is becoming my life. But I don’t want to lose the memories attached to these bits and bytes. What can I do? —CURATING MY LIFE
Who Owns the Flood? • DRIVEN BY CALIFORNIA’S INTENSIFYING CYCLES OF DROUGHT AND DELUGE, A CENTRAL VALLEY FARMER WENT ALL IN ON A TRICKLE-DOWN SURVIVAL TACTIC. HIS IDEA COULD HELP SAVE AMERICA’S AGRICULTURAL HEARTLAND—EVEN IF HE BECOMES A CASUALTY OF THE STATE’S NEXT WATER WAR.
WHEN WAR CAME FOR RUSSIA’S BIGGEST TECH COMPANY • It took 20 years for Arkady Volozh to build Yandex into the country’s Google, Uber, Spotify, and Amazon combined. It took 20 days for everything to crumble.
A Million Little Pieces • Nearly half of the world’s reefs have been wiped out since 1950. One entrepreneur is on a mission to rebuild them—by speed-growing tiny slices of coral in hyperefficient farms.
THE CRYPTO TRAP • INSIDE THE BUST OF THE LARGEST KNOWN CHILD SEX ABUSE SITE IN HISTORY—AND HOW IT SHREDDED THE MYTH OF BITCOIN’S UNTRACEABILITY.
“THAT’S ME!” SHE EXCLAIMED, CROSSING DIMENSIONS. —Joyce, via email