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Ursula K Le Guin in The Guardian: A “colossal fragmentation of reality” occurred in the 20th century, Salman Rushdie has said, and his novels enact and display that fragmentation with terror and glee. His new book assures us that reality... Continue reading
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R. R. Helm in Deep Sea News: Here’s a mystery: below 8,400 meters there are no fish. There are other creatures: sea cucumbers, anemones, tiny worms, but no one has ever seen a fish. At 8,370 meters? There are fish.... Continue reading
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Mohammed Hanif in the New York Times: We are at it again. India and Pakistan are talking a lot these days, mostly about why they don’t want to talk to each other. Our national security advisers were supposed to meet... Continue reading
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Alvin E. Roth in Politico: The Mediterranean isn’t an effective barrier between Europe and refugee crises in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Europe could turn this challenge into a manageable opportunity to protect refugee lives as well as its... Continue reading
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From Phys.org: The social wasp Polybia paulista protects itself against predators by producing venom known to contain a powerful cancer-fighting ingredient. A Biophysical Journal study published September 1 reveals exactly how the venom's toxin—called MP1 (Polybia-MP1)—selectively kills cancer cells without... Continue reading
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Peter Aldhous in BuzzFeed: Rather than focusing on stress, the new interrogation research program has concentrated on interviewing techniques that help people remember details about events — and make it harder for liars to keep their story together. Central to... Continue reading
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Ian McEwan in The Guardian: In 1970, when I was 22, I moved to Norwich and lodged in a small, pleasant room on the edge of the city. I had come to do an MA in English at the University... Continue reading
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Ed Yong in The Atlantic: No one is entirely clear on how Brian Nosek pulled it off, including Nosek himself. Over the last three years, the psychologist from the University of Virginia persuaded some 270 of his peers to channel... Continue reading
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Kieran Healy, Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University, at his own website: Nuance is not a virtue of good sociological theory. Sociologists typically use it as a term of praise, and almost without exception when nuance is mentioned it... Continue reading
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Joel Lovell in GQ: It was early July, about nine weeks before the debut of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and we were sitting in his temporary office above a BMW dealership on the far west side of Manhattan.... Continue reading
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by Ali Minai Artificial Intelligence is on everyone's mind. The message from a whole panel of luminaries – Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple founder Steve Wozniak, Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of Britain and former President of the... Continue reading
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by Grace Boey Want to do some good in the world? There’s a good chance that (like me) you’d at least like to try. So what should you do? There’s a bunch of reasons that might affect your answer to... Continue reading
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Mischka Henner. Coronado Feeders, Dalhart, Texas (2013). Archival pigment print,150x180cm. Definitely check at least the first link below to see what horror lies behind Henner's spectacular images. More here, here and here. Continue reading
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by Paul Braterman What is the purpose of this examination? We have the purpose of preventing bigots and ignoramuses from controlling the education of the United States, and that is all. Dayton Courthouse today Inherit the Wind, the prism through... Continue reading
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by Charlie Huenemann There’s a particularly good episode of Doctor Who (“The Shakespeare Code”) wherein the Doctor and Martha visit Shakespeare and save the world from a conspiracy of witches. The witches’ plan is to take possession of Shakespeare and... Continue reading
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by Emrys Westacott As an expatriate Brit who has lived in North America for many years, I have sometimes been asked what I miss most about the old country. There's plenty to miss, of course: draught bitter; prime minister's question... Continue reading
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by Mathangi Krishnamurthy On a plane ride to Mumbai last week, I bought oatmeal cookies. For a fleeting second, I thought about sharing them with my surly co-passenger, who had been looking straight ahead ever since occupying the middle seat... Continue reading
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by Thomas R. Wells The internet has made it easier than ever to speak to others. It has empowered individuals, allowing us to publish our opinions without convincing a publishing company of their commercial value; to find and share others'... Continue reading
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Michael O'Donnell in Washington Monthly: In 1940 the young Henry Kissinger, caught in a love quadrangle, drafted a letter to the object of his affections. Her name was Edith. He and his friends Oppus and Kurt admired her attractiveness and... Continue reading
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Lydia Kiesling in The Millions: There are a few digs at you, reader, in Purity, Jonathan Franzen’s big new novel. Here’s one buried in the musings of Andreas Wolf, the sociopathic leader of a data-dumping transparency project — one analogous... Continue reading
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