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The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist by Meryl Gordon

Jack Murphy, a.k.a., “Murf the Surf,” and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History—and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.

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Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily? by Sam Knight

In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens – only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal.

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The Deepest Dig by Brooke Jarvis

The bottom of the ocean is the most remote, least understood place on Earth. But that isn’t stopping us from mining it.

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The Triumphs and Tragedies of Larry Smith by Robbie Ettelson

In 1983 a bass player from Queens revolutionized the sound of hip-hop. How did he end up forgotten and confined to a hospital bed?

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Was Levon Mosgofian of Tea Lautrec Litho the Most Psychedelic Printer in Rock? by Ben Marks

If it weren’t for the career pressmen at companies such as Bindweed Press, Cal Litho, West Coast Litho, and Tea Lautrec Litho, the drug-fueled dreams of Wes Wilson, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso, and Rick Griffin might never have seen the light of day.

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The Self-Made Man by John Swansburg

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

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Confessions of a former internet troll by Emmett Rensin

Trolling was always juvenile. It wasn’t always this cruel.

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Generation Wuss by Bret Easton Ellis

In his books, he used to shoot at the materialistic excesses of his generation. But today, youth has become Bret Easton Ellis’ favorite target. According to him, young people are just too sensitive, too narcissistic ,too stupid. But ultimately, as he explains in this exclusive text, he kind of feels sorry for them (and they love it !).

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The Art Forger Who Became a National Hero by Zachary Crockett

How one of the biggest fraudsters of 20th century art made millions, conned a Nazi, and emerged a national hero.

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So…are robots set to destroy us all? by Michael Odell

With walking, talking joke-cracking robots now a reality, Michael Odell looks into what exactly lies ahead for mankind in the age of artificial intelligence. Are these machines really just here to aid us – or will we end up in a world that mirrors the likes of ‘The Terminator’, Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’…or even ‘Wall-E’?

Photo by Chris Leah

 

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Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What? by Jon Mooallem

How the tech billionaire came to own 87,000 acres, three hotels, a wastewater treatment plant, a cemetery and 380 cats.

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The McDonald’s Cocaine Spoon Fiasco by Zachary Crockett

How cocaine and the War on Drugs utterly destroyed McDonald’s coffee spoon

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