The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

Last summer, in a town just outside New York City, a tick bit a man. This ought to sound unexceptional. Ticks are normal on the upper East Coast; after all, tick-transmitted Lyme disease was first identified next door, in Connecticut. But the tick that covertly slid...
The Challenge of Helping Blind People Navigate Indoors

The Challenge of Helping Blind People Navigate Indoors

Earlier this month, the charismatic, energetic mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, Greg Fischer, announced that the city would rename its airport the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Ali tourism, the mayor told NPR, is becoming a major Louisville brand, along...
Instagram Is Sweet and Sort of Boring—but the Ads!

Instagram Is Sweet and Sort of Boring—but the Ads!

The earnest vanity that serves as the engine of Instagram seems generally harmless, sweetly human. The app’s natural topics are babies and gardens, sexiness and ease, wistfulness and longing. At its best—if you follow no celebrities, just people you’re fond of—it’s a...