THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

A sad, sick phenomenon? For sure. But also one the the FBI keeps tabs on. In fact, the bureau categorizes death threats as extortion attempts — intended to bully or coerce their targets — and as a VICE Sports deep, deep dive into FBI records reveals, athletes and coaches long have been in the crosshairs.

QUICK TRIGGER FINGER REQUIRED

Subatomic particles — photons, let’s say, or electrons — sometimes also act like waves. And waves sometimes act like subatomic particles. It’s weird. It’s also one of the fundamental tenets of quantum physic. And now, for the first time, scientists have taken a picture of that duality at work.

STRANGER DANGER

The situation, as it stood, couldn't have looked much worse. A man had cornered a tearful, terrified woman in the lobby of an apartment building and wouldn't let her leave. If another person entered at that moment, the woman would say the man was a complete stranger. She'd say she had no recollection of how she'd got here.

IT BOMBED

To understand America's first jet bomber, the XB-43 Jetmaster, you have to understand the XB-42 Mixmaster, an aircraft that was equally as impressive and even more exotic. Even though neither of these amazing aircraft made it to the front lines, many of their unique innovations and lessons learned from operating them did.

CALCULATING A CURE

The current methods for categorizing and treating cancers are like doing a census of Noah’s ark and concluding that the boat contains a total of one dozen kinds of animals: Ones with feathers and wings, those with six legs and wings, some with fur and four legs, and so on. It’s not wrong, but it gives only a blurry picture of reality.

BEHIND BRAS

While the debate over women’s experiences of incarceration appears contemporary, this question is embedded in old debates about femininity and the causes of women’s “criminal” behavior. These gendered assumptions about what the model woman inmate should be have caused both substandard conditions and a greater emphasis on rehabilitation over punishment.

GRANDPOP MUSIC

If you had to choose an image to define “rock ’n’ roll,” the last thing you might picture is a young woman in the Great Depression, wearing her Sunday best, smiling modestly as she poses with her saxophone. But when Jim Linderman, a collector of vernacular photography and folk art, finds a photograph like that, he sees the seeds of the rebellious music known as rock.

JUST A FEW, SPECIAL BOOTS ON THE GROUND

The  historian and strategist Eliot Cohen, writing in 1994 in the wake of the Gulf War, argued, “Air power is an unusually seductive form of military strength, in part because, like modern courtship, it appears to offer gratification without commitment.” If he were writing such an article today, he might substitute special operations forces (SOF) for air power.