Evolution’s Next Stage

Driven by technological advances, humans are changing faster than ever. Coming soon: our next stage, Homo evolutus Evolution is like a search engine, though not a very good one. We’re not talking Google. We might be…

Hacking the President’s DNA

The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting THE DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of BARACK OBAMA. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not- too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized BIOWEAPONS that could take down a president and leave no trace.

Bionic Man

David Rozelle is the first American since the civil war to return to battle after losing A limb in combat. The amazing story of a soldier and the scientist who rebuilt him.

Building A Better Mosquito

Bioengineered insects could help defeat malaria — or they could turn out to be Frankenbugs, wreaking havoc on our ecosystem.


Extreme athletes across all disciplines perform feats that were unimaginable just 10 years ago. With no margin for error, it’s either perfection or death. The science and strange sanity of the new superhuman.

Meltdown or Mother Lode: The New Truth About Nuclear Power

To some, nuclear reactors are the face of the future; to others, the ticking time bombs of the past. In this piece, Steven Kotler examines the evolution of nuclear technology and explains how the new wave of nuclear reactors is cleaner, safer and less vulnerable to both terrorist attack and natural disaster.

The Great Galactic Gold Rush

Within our lifetime, space experts say, humans will mine asteroids for unimaginable wealth—and create the world’s first trillionaires in the process. Who’ll get there first?

The Dog Rescuer

Damien has heart problems, Chow is deaf, blind and obese, Otis has epilepsy… Three years ago, Steven Kotler set up a sanctuary for canines plucked off “death row”. The dogs are doing well, but it is their owner who has undergone the most profound change

Sick Puppies

Running A DIY Dog Sanctuary In Outlaw Country Ain’t Easy

The Horror

Scanning your brain while you watch horror movies might hold the key to making them even more frightening. The findings could reshape the way scary movies—perhaps all movies—are filmed.

How Time Flies

Understanding how the brain perceives the passage of time could lead to treatments for mental illnesses. Why does time seem to slow down during a life-threatening situation? Our reporter falls 15 stories to find out.

The Psychedelic Renaissance

For the first time in 40 years, the medical community is using psychedelics such as LSD as therapeutic tools, dosing combat-addled Iraq vets, and diseased patients coming to grips with their impending death. This is the story of medical adventurers and their high-flying patients.

Brave New Warriors

What if the United States could field an army of superhuman soldiers to fight our wars? It’s an idea at least as old as the Greeks, one made famous in the US by World War…

Juicing 3.0

The history of sports is really the history of drugs in sports. From Roman gladiators hopped up on herbal stimulants to distance runners downing brandy-and-strychnine cocktails (a combination that helped American Tom Hicks win the…

The God of Sperm

The world’s largest collections of stored genetic material are found in Sussex, England, Spitsbergen, Norway — and Los Angeles. Sussex hosts the Millennium Seed Bank, which houses some 750 million species of plant seed. Spitsbergen,…

The Heidi Chronicals

In which our heroes survive roadside breakdowns, barren deserts, abandoned towns, a brothel war, and an assortment of cowboys, pimps and angry locals on the road to America’s first stud farm If you get on…

Extreme States

Out-of-body experiences? Near-death experiences? Researchers are beginning to understand what’s really going on.

The Final Frontier

Irv Weissman’s home is about 20 minutes from Stanford University, hidden from the road by a tall stand of trees. Inside, all of the rooms are spacious, but the living room is more so. The…

You Are What You Drive

Does society really define you by your car? One guy takes four very different auto identities for a spin. For the first ten years I lived in this state, California car culture meant nothing to…

My Life in a Suit

A T-shirts-and-shorts guy gets put in a suit—and wears nothing else for 30 days. I’m standing in front of the mirror looking at myself. The guy staring back is familiar, but only vaguely. There’s something…

Vision Quest

A Half Century of Artificial-Sight Research Has Succeeded. And Now This Blind Man Can See.

The Surfing Rabbi

The Surfing Rabbi calls it a gladiator pit, this famous roil of surfers, and their California playground. A right breaking point where the waves just roll in machine perfect in their curve, in their shape,…

Baby, You Can Fly My MiG

It may have put the ace in Red Menace, but once he took a turn in the driver’s seat, the venerable Soviet jet fighter became Steven Kotler’s bitch. Putting on the parachute is something like…

The President’s Nemesis

John Whitehead is a true believer, a man who found his faith in a department store, nurtured it, built it and has now aimed it at an old acquaintance, William Jefferson Clinton. In his first…

Craig Breedlove is the Second-Fastest Man Alive

And he wants to go faster. The man has a blind, driving desire. And nothing—no telephone poles, no waters, no heartbreak—can stop him There is only one gauge in the cockpit, a speedometer, and it…

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