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At 430 miles long, the formidable Mauritania Railway, nicknamed the “backbone of the Sahara,” boasts some of the longest and heaviest trains in the world. Its journey begins in Zouerat, Mauritania, where 22,000 tons of iron ore are mined daily and transported across the searing desert to the port...
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In 1989, Rolfe Kanefsky, who was then 19 years old, cobbled together $100,000 to make his dream film. That’s how the first self-aware, meta-textual horror film was born. Then, five years after Kanefsky's film "There's Nothing Out There" tanked at the box office, Wes Craven would make millions on a very,...
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Wellness gurus on the platform often claim the authority to give health advice—but science doesn’t back them up. The platform is rampant with misinformation about wellness, argues the Atlantic staff writer Amanda Mull. Behind many fads are Instagram influencers with perceived authority on health and wellness—the majority of whom...
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August 2011. Gus, a 19-year-old home-schooled Christian from Jolie, Illinois is trawling Facebook. He’s just recovered from a debilitating bout of depression, and he’s looking for someone to talk to. Through an online personality test, he finds a match: Jiyun, a 20-year-old from Korea, who moved to New York...
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For one man, repairing watches offers respite from hectic modern life. Read more: "The Watchmaker" was directed by Marie-Cécile Embleton. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.
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The binding agent between Donald Trump and his backers is the president’s consistent demonstration of cruelty, argues writer Adam Serwer in the latest Atlantic Argument. From the president’s mockery of the disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, to his denigration of Christine Blasey Ford, to his villainizing of...
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Unbeknownst to many Americans, there is one legal scenario in which the president’s power substantially increases. This is the moment he declares a national emergency. Although Congress has passed more than 100 provisions that outline the power that the president gains in this circumstance—such as the ability to shut...
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Willcox, Arizona. Population 3,500. “It's not unlike many other towns one might pass by on the freeway while driving around the American West,” the filmmaker Zack Wright told The Atlantic. Driving by is exactly what Wright and his co-director, Ryan Maxey, were doing when they happened to tune into...
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Many people assume that they perceive the world as it actually is—as if eyes and ears were windows that allow us to access an objective reality. But perception is not an accurate reflection of an externally existing world. “In fact,” the neuroscientist Anil Seth says, “perception and hallucination have a...
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You may have heard by now that Amazon’s new headquarters will soon call the New York and Washington, D.C., metropolitan areas home. This decision has engendered much criticism. But the Atlantic staff writer Derek Thompson doesn’t think the vitriol is enough. “We should all be screaming mad about the state...