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Olga Khazan


What the U.S. Medical System Can Learn From Estonia

Americans waste time and money filling out paperwork and repeating tests in the doctor’s office. A small Baltic nation has found a better way.

Digital Government

The Case for Boring Office Clothes

Women frown on the Ann Taylor aesthetic, but there’s an upside to basic.

Digital Government

Frigid Offices Might Be Killing Women’s Productivity

As their goosebumps have long suggested, women perform better on tests of cognitive function at toastier room temperatures.

Digital Government

How Trump Could Slow Medical Progress

Several of the president-elect's cabinet nominees have been outspoken critics of using embryonic stem cells and fetal tissue in research, and now some scientists fear the worst.

Digital Government

The Best Soundtrack for Productivity

Researchers find “nature”-type sounds help people in open-plan offices regain focus faster.

Digital Government

Why a Simple Rubber Glove Could be Key to Fighting Ebola

Basic protective gear was revolutionary for 19th-century medicine, and health workers trying to stop Ebola are recognizing its importance all over again.

Digital Government

Not All Teleworkers Created Equal

For women, there are major drawbacks to requesting to work remotely, according to a new study.

Digital Government

Why Aren't Doctors More Tech-Savvy?

Email access, online scheduling, and electronic records would all make healthcare easier for patients. Here's why some doctors are still reluctant to modernize.


The Creepy, Long-Standing Practice of Undersea Cable Tapping

The newest NSA leaks reveal that governments are probing "the Internet's backbone." How does that work?

Digital Government

How a Deadly Explosive, When 3D Printed, Could Be Life-Saving

People who are digging up unexploded ordinances sometimes don't know how to handle them. Could these replicas change that?


Actually, Most Countries Are Increasingly Spying on Their Citizens, the UN Says

The NSA news is scary, but the U.S. is far from alone in the extent to which it monitors communications within its borders, a new report found.

Emerging Tech

Jurassic Park Is Real...for 400-Year-Old Arctic Mosses

Scientists have successfully regrown vegetation that had been trapped in a glacier.


Dissidents Fight Back as Governments Step Up Spyware Attacks

Spear-phishing attempts are just one kind of attack government agents deploy against citizens.