Life in the Data
Beating the Chicago Public School System's Entrance Process
Against all odds, Jessica Hopper gets a prime spot in the Chicago public school system.
How Much Is Enough Certainty to Make a Decision About Life or Death?
How much is enough certainty to make a decision about life or death, sickness or health?
On How Quickly New Immigrants Start to Resemble Americans, Health-Wise
As immigrants to the United States adjust to life in a new country, their diets and habits start to resemble those of the native-born—and that's not a good thing.
What Happens When Austerity Measures Cut Out Your Emergency Services
An inside look at what it's like when austerity measures lead to direct cuts in your city's emergency services.
Forget the Maps: Why All the Data in the World Won't Make You a Better Traveler
Travel writer Paul Theroux on why planning your trip can be a lesson in frustration.
Fifty-Fifty: Whether to Test for Huntington's Disease
“I had no idea which of my parents carried the gene,” writer Mona Gable recounts. But the death of her brother led her to find out if she carried the marker.