• The Upside of Trauma
Worries about post-traumatic stress have become a stock part of the narrative surrounding tragedies like Boston and Newtown. Resilience is supposedly the most we can hope for in the face of adversity. But what if there's a third option? The story of one mass shooting, and the surprising tug of post-traumatic growth.
by Mark Obbie
• Last Days of the Synergy Strike Force
Afghanistan was festering. Pentagon brass were desperate. It was the kind of last-ditch moment when authorities start throwing an era's weirdest ideas at its most hopeless bureaucratic mistakes. So they turned to Dr. Dave Warner—neuroscientists, technotopian idealist, Burning Man aficionado—and his band of oddball hackers
by Brian Calvert
• The New Bronze Age
Talk of oil and gas dominates the airwaves. But copper is just as essential to running the world: It threads through your house, your computer, your-eco-correct hybrid car. And it's getting just as difficult, expensive, and environmentally menacing to extract as oil. We have entered the era of tough ore.
by Tim Heffernan
July and August offerings
• Five Studies
The gays are (finally) all right
• Time Machine
Postal service by projectile
• There's a Name for That
• The Big One
Tiny numbers, big impacts
The high-low America's Cup
• Escaped From the Asylum!
One mega low-budget film studio cranks out whatever Netflix wants.
• Snow Blind
NASA's new Airborne Snow Observatory aims to aid the American West's economy.
• Which Eggheads Should Run D.C.?
Psychologists are still asking economists to hand over the keys.
• Soap Operas Save the World
Melodrama for social change
When it comes to mental illness, we wear the disorders that come off the rack.
What if Washington State threw a legal pot industry and nobody showed up?
• Book Review
Lockdown nation: How military-style policing became America's new normal
• Who Funded That?
The names and numbers behind the research
• Life in the Data
There is no Station 2.
• Social Networking
ON THE COVER
Illustration by Sean McCabe
• The Upside of Trauma
Worries about post-traumatic stress have become a stock part of the media narrative surrounding tragedies. And resilience is supposedly the best we can hope for. But what if there’s a third option?
by Mark Obbie
• How the Trailer Park Could Save Us All
A healthy, inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution for housing millions of retiring baby boomers is staring us in the face. We just know it by a dirty name.
by Lisa Margonelli
• We Aren't the World
Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.
by Ethan Watters
• The Fuzzy Face of Climate Change
Advocates and scientists have tied the Earth’s fate to that of the polar bear. But what happens if this lumbering giant proves more resilient than the rest of us?
by Zac Unger
• A Giant Leap Forward
Forced to go it alone, China has reaped the benefits of building an aerospace industry from the ground up. Now that the future of America’s program looks uncertain, China may slingshot ahead.
by David Axe
• The Governor's Last Stand
California’s Jerry Brown–now pragmatic, but still profane–is banking on a last-gasp proposal known as Proposition 30 to save the biggest economy in the nation.
by Marc Cooper
• A State of Military Mind
To train future soldiers, the Department of Defense is using new technologies and centuries-old techniques, like yoga and meditation, to hone their minds and prevent trauma.
by Brian Mockenhaupt
• Why Obama Is Looking West
The nations that ring the Pacific have half the world’s consumers, half the world’s trade, and half the global GDP. No wonder the administration is quietly shifting its policies westward.
by Bruce Cumings