The week of November 29, 2015

The Disasters Issue

How one man turned conspiracy theories and impending doom into a YouTube empire

By Joseph L. Flatley

Ben Davidson’s “Suspicious 0bservers” channel is a grab-bag of disaster science and ominous predictions. And it has more than 250,000 subscribers.



The story behind the Indian Ocean tsunami warning system

By Nithin Coca

A decade ago, a massive wave killed 220,000 people—the deadliest natural disaster in human history. Scientists and aid workers wants to make sure it never happens again.


How Macaulay Culkin’s Pizza Underground became my personal online disaster

By Eugenia Williamson

After I dared to mock the child star’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, the Internet erupted. Why did so many strangers gleefully, unthinkingly pillory me?


How hackers stay steps ahead of the corporations they attack

By Patrick Howell O'Neill

A recent report claims companies leave themselves open to known hacks for 120 days.


The earthquake prediction tech that could save California from the ‘Big One’

By S.E. Smith

These advancements could save lives.