Conventional wisdom says that people won’t read lengthy magazine stories online, but you guys regularly prove otherwise. Many of our top traffic-generating stories have been deeply researched investigations and reported narratives—and we find that plenty of readers stick with them to the bitter end. So here, for your New Year’s pleasure, is a selection of 10 of our best-loved longreads from 2013.
Happy New Year!
With big profits on the line, the drug industry is pulling out campaign-style dirty tricks to keep selling the meds that cooks turn into crank.
New research finds Pb is the hidden villain behind violent crime, lower IQs, and even the ADHD epidemic. And fixing the problem is a lot cheaper than doing nothing.
Horrific abuse. Rampant contamination. And the crime is…exposing it?
It’s insanity to kill your father with a kitchen knife. It’s also insanity to close hospitals, fire therapists, and leave families to face mental illness on their own.
Smart machines probably won’t kill us all—but they’ll definitely take our jobs, and sooner than you think.
With Washington frozen solid on climate, the Navy is breaking the ice.
It’s rampant among returning vets—and now their spouses and kids are starting to show the same symptoms.
And one man’s quest to bring hundreds more back.
Imbalances in the microbial community in your intestines may lead to metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes. What does science say about how to reset our bodies?
Kids locked up in nursing homes. Leaky sewers. Mosquitoes unleashed. The Sunshine State has buyer’s remorse.