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How neo-Nazis used the internet to instigate a right-wing extremist crisis

How neo-Nazis used the internet to instigate a right-wing extremist crisis

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.The number of active hate groups in the United States has fallen by about 10 percent in the past year. This isn’t necessarily good news.There were 838 active hate groups this year, compared to 940 in 2019, . The organization attributes the drop to the fact that these groups have become more diffuse and difficult to track, largely because of changes in technology. The pandemic has also played a role in limiting in-person activities.Even then, 838 is still a very high number of active hate groups. In 2000, there...

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How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service

How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.In November, on the day that networks called the election for Joe Biden, cheering crowds stopped mail trucks in the streets of New York City to for delivering more than 135 million mail-in ballots on time during a pandemic. Now, in Washington, DC, a coalition of lawmakers and advocates are trying to pull off a different sort of feat: saving the United States Postal Service.Without help from the federal government, the Postal Service could run out of cash . Such a financial crisis would mean laying off workers,...

Jan 22
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How the pandemic is bringing Elon Musk’s dream to connect everyone on Earth closer to reality

How the pandemic is bringing Elon Musk’s dream to connect everyone on Earth closer to reality

How the technology behind airplane wifi could help connect everyone on Earth.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.In vast swaths of the United States and the world, there are millions of people who don’t have reliable internet access. These unconnected people aren’t just in far-flung places like rural America or New Zealand or sub-Saharan Africa, either. There are plenty of people living in dense city centers who struggle to access affordable broadband. The has brought new urgency to the problem, and while companies like Google and Facebook have...

Sep 26
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What’s wrong with the mail

What’s wrong with the mail

Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.The United States Postal Service is dealing with crippling backlogs of letters and packages. A postmaster in upstate New York recently told their union that the regular mail was two days behind and, for the first time in their career, Express Priority Mail was not going out on time. Despite a surge in package delivery during the pandemic, postal workers are no longer able to work overtime, and fewer mail trucks are on the road. If your own mail seems delayed or unpredictable, it’s not a one-off problem.Mail...

August 7, 2020
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The Golden Gate Bridge Almost Ended Up With a Bumble Bee Paint Job

The Golden Gate Bridge Almost Ended Up With a Bumble Bee Paint Job

The Golden Gate Bridge’s iconic “International Orange” paint job was a bit of a happy accident. If the United States Navy got its way, the landmark stretch of infrastructure would look like a bumble bee. That would’ve been just sad. The black-and-yellow stripe color scheme, of course, was a design that emphasized practicality and visibility. Since it’s built out of a steel alloy, the Golden Gate Bridge needed a sturdy paint job in order to protect it from rust and corrosion. The salty air and characteristic San Francisco fog made these problems worse. The fog, in particular, raised the...

May 7, 2015
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