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The Road to Nowhere Issue

Mexican Cartels Are Going High-Tech

The war on drugs isn't just fought with bullets. Recent announcements from Mexican authorities show that cartels are developing increasingly advanced networks of information technology.
José Luis Martínez Limón
9.8.15
The Road to Nowhere Issue

Scientists Strand Chimps on Remote Archipelago

The New York Blood Center, a prominent blood bank that usually spends its time saving lives and trying to cure diseases, recently abandoned dozens of research chimps on a chain of islands in Liberia.
Kaleigh Rogers
9.8.15
The Road to Nowhere Issue

The Industrial Rock Band Laibach Performed in North Korea Last Month

"Both the country and the band have been portrayed as some fascist outcasts. The truth is that both are misunderstood," said the tour organizer.
Lauren Messman
9.8.15
The Road to Nowhere Issue

Sweden’s Racist Band-Aids

"I don't think the color is the problem. The issue is that they come in only one shade, and that [shade] is called 'skin-colored.'"
Hugo Anderholm
9.8.15
The Road to Nowhere Issue

Peru Announced Plans to Send an Envoy to an Uncontacted Tribe

Peru recently announced plans for its first official contact with the Mashco-Piro people. Local officials had long opposed interacting with the group, one of Peru's 15 uncontacted tribes, which know of the wider world but remain aloof from it.
Mark Hay
9.8.15
The Road to Nowhere Issue

Russia Hates Western Condoms

Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade now supports restricting the import of Western-made rubbers, which health officials say will promote "discipline" and make Russians more "selective in their choice of partners."
Cecilia D’Anastasio
9.8.15
The Make Believe Issue

New Zealand Made Trolling Illegal Last Month

Revenge pornographers and 4chan racists better watch out.
Zach Sokol
8.7.15
The Make Believe Issue

Why Chad's Muslim Population Didn't Oppose the Country's Burka Ban

In June, the government announced that burkas, turbans, and other religious face coverings would be banned nationwide. Interestingly, local Muslims raised seemingly little outcry.
Mark Hay
8.5.15
The Make Believe Issue

Azerbaijan Is Trying to Attract Tourism with Its Crude Oil Spas

While getting your crude oil all over the place is usually frowned upon, there's one town in Azerbaijan that's tied its fortune to dunking tourists in the stuff.
Ryan Max
8.5.15
The Make Believe Issue

A New Law Could Allow Norwegian Children to Legally Change Their Gender

In the past, to legally change your gender in Norway, you were required to go through psychological evaluations, sex-reassignment surgery, and sterilization.
Hugo Anderholm
8.4.15
The Make Believe Issue

New Research Suggests the Ancient Greeks Believed in Zombies

In a new paper in Popular Archaeology, one anthropologist claims the Greeks "imagined scenarios in which reanimated corpses rose from their graves, prowled the streets, and stalked unsuspecting victims."
Rory Tolan
8.3.15
The Make Believe Issue

Google's Deep Dream for Dummies

A primer for the artificial visualization phenomena for those who missed the internet hype.
Emerson Rosenthal
8.3.15
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