My Hazelnut Heart By JUSTINE ICKES
With only a few words of her in-laws’ language, she knows the right things to say.
Eggs Terminate By JEN A. MILLER
A faster, egg-free flu vaccine becomes available to those with allergies, including our writer.
Going to Seed By RENEE BRINCKS
Heirloom seeds link past and present while preserving genetic diversity.
How to Move a Wood Bison free By JENNA SCHNUER
The chutes, ladders, and waiting games behind a plan to restore a giant mammal to Alaska.
To Bee or Not To Bee By MADELINE BODIN
A bumblebee species disappears from Vermont. Is it gone forever?
Race to the Bottom By JAKE ROSSEN
A long dash to a more comfortable way to take pictures inside the colon.
From Shelves to Snowflakes By ALEX DUNER
Libraries shift from consumption into creation with makerspaces.
Connect the Dots By JULIE SCHWIETERT COLLAZO
A rural technologist re-envisions employment in the hinterlands.
Balancing without a Net free By CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER
For the voiceless, social media provides a support network — and a bullhorn.
To Have and Not Hold By COLLEEN HUBBARD
A hippie, an anarchist, and a start-up define freeness and sharing in a time of excess.
Dirty R&B By LEAH REICH
A truly filthy, wonderful genre of blues fails to get the attention it deserves.
Blurred Visionnaire By GABE BULLARD
Is one of the most successful pen projects on Kickstarter a bulk order from China?
On the Road with New Space By CHRIS KRUPIARZ
A race to a late-night launch of a new kind of mission.
Ain’t What It Used To Be By JEN A. MILLER
Relics of our own lives can bring regret or warm our hearts.
For Whom the Kale Tolls By ROSIE J. SPINKS
Here’s a radical idea: let’s talk about gentrification without saying the word hipster.
I’ll Fry Anything Once By MATTHEW AMSTER-BURTON
Tempura restaurants will unpretentiously dip anything in oil.
Transit-Story Housing By COLLEEN HUBBARD
Carville was San Francisco’s streetcar neighborhood, where artists, lady bicyclists, and other bohemians hung out.
The Most Boring Machine By MARK HARRIS
A tunnel-making behemoth has already chewed up and spat out one politician.
Last Words free By GLENN FLEISHMAN
“I love you,” his mother said, when he thought she was beyond speech.
Cry Wolf By MARY CATHERINE O'CONNOR
Humanity perfects the art of mimicking nature for science and hunting.
Bit by Bit By RICHARD MOSS
A filmmaker spends excruciating years on a pixellated animated film to bring it to fruition.
Scotched By MICHAEL E. COHEN
Fair thoughts and happy hours did not attend upon an early enhanced-book adaptation of Macbeth.
Multi-Player Mode By BILL LASCHER
Spurred by an intensive competition, Portlanders program games in their spare time.
Editor’s Note free By GLENN FLEISHMAN
The Web, the ultimate finish line, our crowdfunded book, and this week’s stories.
The Magazine: The Book free By BRITTANY SHOOT
You may have heard we’re making a book, and that we need your help to bring it into being.
Good to the Last Drop free By JEN A. MILLER
Caffeine has a potential role in marathon deaths by heart attack.
Bug Testing By DAVID ERIK NELSON
Turning bugs into remote-controlled cyborgs teaches us as much about ourselves as about them.
Existence Is Tricky By RUSTY FOSTER
There is no bottom to the hole you fall into when trying to find the true nature of things.
Editor’s Note free By GLENN FLEISHMAN
Hold us closer! Plus this week’s issue, short stories, and a letter.
Sint’s Abilities free By LIANNE BERGERON
A Canadian embraces a Dutch holiday tradition while keeping her own.
The Cervix Industry By ALEXANDRA DUNCAN
There’s a difference between believing in something and being willing to take your pants off for it.
Some of Their Parts By CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER
Legs, hands, lips, feet, and more form an anonymous backbone of the modeling industry.
Three Strikes, You Shout By PHILIP MICHAELS
Moneyball documented a change in baseball, but not everyone has done their homework.
My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Michigan By JASON SNELL
Manti Te’o wasn’t necessarily naive, misguided, or a hoaxer.
Nature Adores a Vacuum By JOE RAY
A lone geek brings sous vide, a three-star chef’s technique, into affordable reach of the home cook.
Impermanent Games By RICHARD MOSS
Australia’s and New Zealand’s early video-game history may already be lost.
Magnetic Fields By MARY CATHERINE O'CONNOR
Metal-detecting enthusiasts discover buried treasure and community.
Just Desert free By COLLEEN HUBBARD
Africa, a devil, and Burning Man meet in Eastern Europe’s little desert.
Editor’s Note free By THE EDITOR
Turn off the transporter; the space party is over. Birth, death, hacktivism, and pens. Plus, your letters.
Hacked Off By ROSIE J. SPINKS
The hacker-activist community seems to leave no safe place for women. Can it grow up?
Bumbling Idiots By CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER
It takes the power of a hive mind to save bees from extinction.
Potpourri free By MICHELLE GOODMAN
The $63,000 machine that transforms pot plants into concentrates.
Where Everybody Knows Your Name By JOE RAY
Unglamorous software may help restaurants keep patrons happy and returning.
Beard and Bearder By ART ALLEN
Scores of hirsute men descend on Minneapolis to compare follicular feats.
Terminal Curiosity By BRITTANY SHOOT
The country’s highest-visibility museums cater to an itinerant audience.
Through a Glass Darkly By NATE BERG
The Museum of Jurassic Technology views reality through a special lens.
A Beacon of Hope free By JOHN PATRICK PULLEN
A dying city glows with optimism over its plan for a giant lava lamp.
Flaws and All free By MANJULA MARTIN
John Vanderslice adores digital technology — except when it comes to audio.
Carriage Return By RICHARD MOSS
In Melbourne, Australia, a man who can repair almost any typewriter nears retirement.
Inkheart By NANCY GOHRING
Letterpress printing has been revived as a craft after its commercial death.
Weight for It By JOE RAY
Digital scales may let home cooks have the precision of chefs — and less mess.
A Bicycle Built for Six free By LIANNE BERGERON
The Netherlands has elevated bikes far above cars in the transportation hierarchy.
Restoration Hardware free By GABE BULLARD
Analog tech is kept alive by aging experts and an abundance of cannibalized parts.
Staying Power By JOHN MOLTZ
Branded as an anxiety-relieving product, Dog 1.0 has room for improvement.
Full Scale By NATHAN MEUNIER
It takes an Ewok village of Star Wars fans to build a Millennium Falcon.
Face It: It’s Over By CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER
Facebook means never having to say goodbye, even when you should.
The iPhone Is My Midwife By BEN BAJARIN
A hobby farmer finds the Web provides, even when he’s in the thick of things.
Cunning Old Fox By SANDRA ALLEN
Americans start to appreciate wine made from native grapes in Middle America.
Meet the Meat free By COLLEEN HUBBARD
Have a fine meal of beef and context at California’s largest feedlot.
Spot Pricing By MATTHEW AMSTER-BURTON
Demand-based adjustment of metered parking improves a city’s flow.
Red Light, Green Light By MARK HARRIS
Using cameras to capture red-light infractions may increase accidents.
Editor’s Note free By GLENN FLEISHMAN
They blinded us without science; also, love, links, and laps; and dark dungeons.
Mechanically Attached free By MORGEN JAHNKE
A coin-operated museum proves common ground between a litterateur and a geek.
Lifting One’s Spirits By NANCY GOHRING
A sometimes homely exterior surrounds a highly functional, inexpensive, and versatile still.
Second Wind By CHRIS HIGGINS
A running program designed for beginners takes people far beyond 5,000 meters.
Choose Your Character free By BRIANNA WU
Faced with change, an all-female indie dev team evolves to a higher form.
Pinball Wizards By BRITTANY SHOOT
Keeping machines in play, one location scout and data field at a time.
Ground Control, Part 2 By ELI SANDERS
Opinions remain in conflict on the many possible private, public, and police uses of drones.
Unbound Pages free By JOHN D. BERRY
Text has leaped free of physical constraints, but designers still trail.
Locked Stacks By ROSIE J. SPINKS
New legislation may thaw the British Library’s digitization effort, but it brings its own set of risks.
Instant Memories By MAARTEN MUNS
The Impossible Project has earned its name by re-inventing instant film for Polaroid cameras.
Ain’t No Reason free By LEX FRIEDMAN
A mother tongue spoken by millions of Americans still gets no respect.
Names of the Games By ADAM ROTHSTEIN
The inhabitants of two lands labor endlessly, beset by bandits and corruption, for our pleasure.
Aladdin’s New Caves By CHRIS STOKEL-WALKER
Pawnbrokers, back in fashion in the UK, have taken a decided turn away from seedy.
Death of a Code Man free By JANE HODGES
I knew my father was dying when he gave me his AOL password.
What Remains Behind By ELISABETH EAVES
Determined forensics work continues to bring American soldiers home from Laos and beyond.
Heavy Breathing By CHRIS HIGGINS
The terror of waking not breathing, over and over again, can be assuaged with a bit of hardware.
Fraindship Rings free By SABA IMTIAZ
Women in Pakistan cannot avoid torrents of texts from unknown men.
Aged White Dog By GABE BULLARD
The bourbon boom faces literal and figurative dilution in the midst of a massive increase in demand.
Ground Control By ROBERT PALMER
As he fell to snag the softball as it bounced, something nearly tore his life apart.
Siri, Am I in a Paper Bag? By LEX FRIEDMAN
Turn right now. Rerouting. Turn left now. Rerouting. Rerouting.
Light Motif By DAVID ERIK NELSON
A pinhole lens cap finally brings infinite focus and undistorted images to digital cameras.
His Bright Materials By DANIEL RUTTER
Seemingly new technology has deep roots in the past: electroluminescent materials and electrets.
Re-Enabled free By STEVEN AQUINO
iOS’s impact on those with impairments isn’t just a marketing slide; it’s profound.
The Ties That Band By NATHAN BARHAM
A marching band switches its policy on glowing screens to keep it moving to the right beat.
Fits You to a T By MARK SIEGAL
That shirt was out of character for you, and everyone kids you about it.
Bit Bucket free By MARK DONOHOE
A betrayal at the end of Bill’s life led to a second death as his digital self was scattered to the four winds.
Sink Your Teeth In By JULIO OJEDA-ZAPATA
Nerdy pleasures deserve to be shared, especially when sweet or savory.
And Read All Over By JAMELLE BOUIE
An implicit network, not overt racism, keeps tech writing dominated by white men.
The Professionalization of Pot free By ALISON HALLETT
Former tokers may be more baffled by maryjane’s many varieties than befuddled by higher potency.
Genetic Shoelaces Told My Demise By MARK HARRIS
A protective structure at the end of chromosomes may be key to predicting — and changing — our lifespan.
Master of Band Administration By CHRIS BREEN
Running a gigging band prepares you for a real life in business.
The Sound of Silence By GLENN FLEISHMAN
America’s archive of audio recordings remains quietly out of range of hearing.
One Computer Worked Better By BEN BROOKS
A single machine is more efficient than syncing between two.
Parenting Technology By STEPHEN HACKETT
Families are engulfed in technology, but it can become deeply personal.
Falling From The Friendly Skies free By DANIEL RUTTER
How did Felix Baumgartner break the sound barrier by falling?
Fireballed free By GUY ENGLISH
It’s not just “Linkblogs” that have become popular: it’s the Fireball Format.
Baseball Misfits free By JASON SNELL
There’s a weird schism between geeks who love sports and those who don’t.