Is ISIS’s social-​​media power exaggerated?

Max Abrahms, a political-​​​​science pro­fessor and ter­rorism spe­cialist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, sus­pects the number is lower than many people believe. “There are other groups”—such as Boko Haram in Nigeria—“that have […]

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Donate your voice to charity

An esti­mated eight out of every 1,000 Amer­i­cans, or 2.5 mil­lion people, are severely speech-​​​​impaired due to a variety of con­di­tions: head injuries, con­gen­ital dis­or­ders like cere­bral palsy, or degenerative […]

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To kill a terrorist

A forth­coming paper from North­eastern University’s Max Abrahms and the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Philip Potter reports that lead­er­ship decap­i­ta­tion may increase civilian casu­al­ties. Mil­i­tant groups in the Afghanistan-​​​​Pakistan region, Abrahms […]

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Banks of blood and sperm

The word “bank” typ­i­cally refers to finan­cial insti­tu­tions, large and small, from the store­front where you go to cash your checks to the big invest­ment firms of Wall Street. Yet […]

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The power in ‘choosing to be gay’

In pol­i­tics, the notion of being gay by one’s own voli­tion is like Voldemort—dangerous even to be uttered. Bio­log­ical deter­minism is the new normal, yoked to tol­er­ance claims much as […]

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The prosthetic voice

When Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw—and, thus, his voice—to cancer, the text-​​​​to-​​​​speech com­pany Cere­Proc cre­ated a syn­thetic voice that would be custom-​​​​made for the film critic. The com­put­er­ized voice, […]

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