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Fintech Tamara Accelerates The Buy Now Pay Later Revolution • Even by the standards of startups in the technology obsessed Middle East, the growth of Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) provider Tamara has exceeded all expectations.
Readers share their cultural convictions and righteous indignation.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A CULTURE WAR • The narrative mastery of Zelensky’s messaging.
PANDORA’S TEXT BOX • The element created the two-way web. Was it a big mistake?
SPACE PODDITY • Future Martian colonists are going to need something to eat. Barbara Belvisi has a plan: fully automated capsules for growing crops anywhere, no soil necessary.
THE NEW SPREADSHEET REVOLUTION • The venerable (and, yes, super dull) piece of officeware is getting reinvented as a tool for noncoders to automate and simplify their lives.
LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT
THE LAST CELL TOWER IN MARIUPOL • For a few weeks, two engineers enabled thousands in the besieged Ukrainian city to stay connected. But the shells kept coming.
Dear Cloud Support:
PERFORMANCE ENHANCERS • The right gear will help you get healthy and stay there. Here are some of our top picks for sweating, training, recovering, and just treating your body right.
BILL GATES IS SO OVER THIS PANDEMIC • The acerbic optimist thinks anxious people (like me) should get a grip, and it's time to move on to other problems.
DREAMS OF A BLACK FUTURIST • She sings, she acts—and now she writes. In a new sci-fi story collection, Janelle Monáe updates Afrofuturism for our dystopian age.
PARADISE AT THE CRYPTO ARCADE • The Web3 movement seeks to liberate us from BIG TECH and EXPLOITATIVE CAPITALISM—and to do it using only the blockchain, game theory, and code.
THE END OF ALCOHOL
YOUR BRAIN IS THE PLATFORM • Monitoring neural patterns. Detecting seizures. Tracking sleep states. A startup called NextSense is building earbuds that can eavesdrop on the mind—even if scientists are still figuring out what the data means.
FAST, CHEAP, AND OUT OF CONTROL
COLOPHON • Threads that helped get this issue out:
MY HANDS, ONCE AGAIN, WERE MINE. • IN SIX WORDS, WRITE A STORY ABOUT SURVIVING A HIGH-TECH DISASTER.