Tags: History

What the coronavirus vaccine shows about the potential for innovation

The word “innovation” is now one of the most cursed in the English language. Silicon Valley robber barons recognized the cultural capital created by millions of inventors and scientists going back thousands of years, and colonized it to describe their ruthless business practices or semi-pointless new widgets. Innovation used to mean things like “developing new…

Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead.

My college dorm was the first place I had reliable home internet access, and that was in part because my mom shared all the late 1990s and early 2000s parenting fears about the internet breaking our brains. These worries were an extension of prior concerns about television: Don’t sit so close! You’ll hurt your eyes…

British comedian becomes third person in 90 years to solve difficult literary puzzle

You know those people who can solve a Rubik’s cube in seconds? Here’s a puzzle that could give them a run for their money: It’s called “Cain’s Jawbone,” in which people are challenged to put the shuffled pages of a murder mystery novel in their proper order. Since its creation in 1934, it has only…