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Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife
Sharing My Husband’s Digital Afterlife

By Fernanda Santos
Two and a half years after he died, I gave his iPhone to our daughter.

We Are Not Ready to Deal With Gene-Edited Athletes
We Are Not Ready to Deal With Gene-Edited Athletes

By WALTER G. JOHNSON, DIANA M. BOWMAN, LUCILLE M. TOURNAS, and ANDREW MAYNARD

Soon, countries or parents might try to tinker with people before birth to make them sports superstars.

Debate: We All Need to Rush Back to the Office
Debate: We All Need to Rush Back to the Office

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Join experts from The Atlantic, Slate, New America, and Harvard Business School for a debate about the pros and cons of returning to office life, and a conversation about flexible work policies companies might consider enacting after the pandemic.

In the Land of Broken Things

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In the Land of Broken Things

By Josh Bales
A story about fixing broken objects far beyond their intended life expectancy.

Congratulations on Your Loss

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Congratulations on Your Loss

By Catherine Lacey
A story about facial recognition, alienation, and being (or not being) yourself.

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