Features

  • One of the machines used by Google to attain quantum supremacy—the ability to solve problems no conventional computer can handle.
    GREGG SEGAL
    TECHNOLOGY

    Magnificent in Conception

    - Quantum computing promises to solve problems no conventional computer can handle. Now, if only the machines would cooperate.
Ann Nguyen at Soleil Nail Spa, in Corona, California.
CHRISTINA GANDOLFO
IMMIGRATION

Badass Women of the West

Ann Nguyen fled Saigon to carve out a new life in Southern California. She put her sons through school as she worked, like many first-generation Vietnamese immigrants, at the local nail salon.

Rafael Payare, known for his energetic stage presence, conducts the San Diego Symphony.
ANDREW RUIZ
MUSIC

Rafael Payare: The Mighty Maestro

The San Diego Symphony’s new music director, Rafael Payare, may not yet have the same name recognition as his fellow Venezuelan conductor, L.A.’s Gustavo Dudamel, but he’s got energy and talent to burn.

Shanee Stopnitzky, founder of the Community Submersibles Project, hopes to raise awareness of the oceans.
PETER PRATO
SCIENCE

Come Dive with Me

No scuba gear required: A Berkeley submarine collective wants to bring San Francisco Bay sea life up close and personal for the general public.

ILLUSTRATION BY VICTOR JUHASZ
FICTION

Answer: A Story by Dagoberto Gilb

Whether by fortune or doom or absolute devotion, a young man’s mad, burning love for a married woman is requited in this story from Dagoberto Gilb. 

Cyanotype of Pikea californica (Pike’s weed) with scan of same.
JOSIE ISELIN
PORTFOLIO

The Unexpected Beauty of Seaweed

Josie Iselin’s stunning new book, The Curious World of Seaweed, proves that it’s much more than a sushi wrap.

Forensic sketches of the Doodler from 1975 (left) and 2018.
COLD CASE

Rough Sketch of a Serial Killer

Sought for the killings of at least five gay men more than 40 years ago, the Doodler is still at large.

ILLUSTRATION BY MARTIN GEE
SCREENS

This Stream Is a Flood

Services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ are supposed to make watching great shows cheap and convenient. Why does it feel like we’re drowning in a sea of 800 cable channels?