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The Electronic-Medical-Records Email(s) of the Day, No. 2

For background on the EMR saga, see this original article and previous installments one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven.

Want To Spot Earth's First Cousin? Look For the Swan in the Sky

From here on Earth, the planet Kepler-186f is a faint spot in the chaotic and twinkling universe. Its star is dim and far, far away.

Housekeeping Note: Batteries, and Typos

Our new issue is out. I know that you've already Subscribed! Meanwhile, apart from all the other value between its covers -- and really, a lot of exceptional pieces in this issue -- these housekeeping points involving me: I have a one-page precis of some exciting developments in the non-exciting-seeming realm of battery technology.

The Origins of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Magic Realism

It’s often said that the works of Colombian novelist and short-story writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez are quintessential examples of “magic realism”: fiction that integrates elements of fantasy into otherwise realistic settings.

The IVF Effect: How the U.S. Got a Million (!) Extra Twins

From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent.  Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent.

Here's HD Video of the World's Tallest Building—And a Flying Plane—From Space

If a new class of startups find success, we’ll soon see videos like the one above fairly regularly. Right now, though, they’re astonishing.  This is high-definition satellite video of the Burj Khalifa—which is, at more than half-a-mile high, the world’s tallest building.

How Is Yahoo So Worthless?

Yahoo is huge. It is the fourth-biggest Internet domain in the United States. It is the fourth-biggest seller of online ads in the country.

This is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home.  NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it's unlike anything they've found.

The Data-Driven Optimization of the Worker

1. The math of large numbers means that companies with lots of employees are going to try to optimize everything.

In Which a Man Is Not Acquiring a Woman: A Wedding Redesign

I'm a rabbi whose marriage isn't, strictly speaking, kosher. That is to say, we didn't marry according to standard understandings of Jewish law.

Unmasking Russia's Presence in Ukraine—With Science

Every day, the scene playing out along the Ukrainian border with Russia seems like an act of costumed theater.

The Non-Thai Origins of Pad Thai

Pad Chinese doesn't have the same ring to it, but it might be a bit more accurate. Pad Thai, the now-ubiquitous noodle dish made with chewy, stir-fried rice noodles, vegetables, bean sprouts, peanuts, and egg, among other things, is so popular it’s become the de facto measure by which Thai restaurants in New York, London, and other storefronts around the world are judged. But not too long ago, it could hardly be found in Thailand.

Why Don't Older Americans Want Time Machines?

You want a time machine, don't you? Because one in 10 Americans do — at least that's what they said when Pew Research Center asked what futuristic technology they would like to own.

An Ex- Ex-Gay Lesbian Pastor Preaches Tolerance in Brazil

SÃO PAULO, Brazil—Many devout Christians believe the Bible condemns homosexuality, a fact that has prompted countless culture (and legal, and Twitter) wars worldwide.

Could It Be Illegal to Sue a Company That You Like on Facebook?

General Mills, the food mega-corporation that owns Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, and basically every sweet cereal you ate and served your kids, has a startling new legal policy making it illegal to sue the company after you: - download or print a coupon; - “join” an online communities (e.g.

What Charles Murray Doesn't Get About Women and Philosophy

"No woman has been a significant original thinker in any of the world's great philosophical traditions." So said the author Charles Murray in a 2005 essay titled "The Inequality Taboo," in which he argued that men are better at abstract thinking than women are.

The Exciting Thing About Orange Is the New Black's Season Two Trailer

Piper Chapman is the protagonist of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. But Taylor Schilling's Brooklyn-dwelling yuppie spending a year in prison isn't the star of the show, not really.

The Lost, Surprisingly Soulful Art of Corporate Identity

Before corporations, entertainment companies, sports franchises, and political parties acquired “brand narratives,” the notion of branding was a subset of a practice called “corporate identity.” CI, as it was known, required companies and design firms to develop, refine, and maintain an integrated identity system defined by laws set down in a bible known as the graphic standards manual.

Everyone's a Health Nut on Monday

Tradition suggests that January 1 is the perfect time to decide to improve your health. But our collective success rate there is grim: One survey found that only about 17 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions stick them out for more than one month.

Inside The Atlantic's May 2014 Issue

The May 2014 issue of The Atlantic is now available online—with features, dispatches, and essays summarized and provided below: Cover Story: The Confidence Gap A growing body of evidence shows that, at work and in life, confidence matters just as much as competence when it comes to getting ahead.