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Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: Scientists have observed adoption in occurring 120 species of mammals. Other species that are harder to study may be adopting, too. As for kangaroos, scientists have long known that if they put... Continue reading
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Vanessa Grigoriadis in the New York Times: A few pages into “Primates of Park Avenue,” I raised an eyebrow as high as a McDonald’s arch. Was Wednesday Martin, a ­Midwestern-born Ph.D., trying to explain the rites of the Upper East... Continue reading
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Sean Carroll at Edge: There's an old creationist myth that says there’s a problem with the fact that we live in a universe governed by the second law of thermodynamics: Disorder, or entropy, grows with time from early times to... Continue reading
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Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: On a very clear day, blue sky, bright, bright sunlight, you’ll spy an amazing cloud. It is structured like a column. It is dense and white and billows upward, touching the outer limits of... Continue reading
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Vivek Menezes in National Geographic: It was Kashimiri poetry that sparked the idea of a family summer holiday in Srinagar. I encountered Ranjit Hoskote’s I, Lalla—The Poems of Lal Ded in 2011, and was instantly hooked by the power packed... Continue reading
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Rachel Laudan in Jacobin: Modern, fast, processed food is a disaster. That, at least, is the message conveyed by newspapers and magazines, on television cooking programs, and in prizewinning cookbooks. It is a mark of sophistication to bemoan the steel... Continue reading
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by Jonathan Kujawa In Oslo on May 19 John Nash and Louis Nirenberg received the 2015 Abel Prize "for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis". The Abel Prize... Continue reading
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right here put down the guitar and puddled a cord at the base of the microphone stand just after there’d been music right here at hand . is it always here at hand? . just yesterday in a field behind... Continue reading
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by Shadab Zeest Hashmi I was first inspired to write a Qasida in English when I came across Lorca’s “Casida de la Rosa” while researching the history of Al Andauls for my book-length series of poems on Muslim Spain. I... Continue reading
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Christian Faur. Melodie 02, 2011. Installation, 2000 hand cast encaustic crayons. More here and here. Watch this! Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic "I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." ~ John Cage Not long after moving to New York around 2000, I picked up an odd little side gig, as... Continue reading
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by Jalees Rehman "The goal of privacy is not to protect some stable self from erosion but to create boundaries where this self can emerge, mutate, and stabilize. What matters here is the framework— or the procedure— rather than the... Continue reading
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Natalie Wolchover in Wired: IN JANUARY, THE British-American computer scientist Stuart Russell drafted and became the first signatory of an open letter calling for researchers to look beyond the goal of merely making artificial intelligence more powerful. “We recommend expanded... Continue reading
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Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: Octopuses, squid and cuttlefish — a group of mollusks known as cephalopods — are the ocean’schampions of camouflage. Octopuses can mimic the color and texture of a rock or a piece of coral.... Continue reading
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Matt Jakubowski in Truce: Before we discuss your work at Harper’s and The Nation, I’d like to ask about the early years of your career. Were there specific experiences that drew you toward a life in letters, as they say?... Continue reading
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Emily Greenhouse in The Nation: When Stephen Gaskin passed away last July, his local paper eulogized him as a “tie-dye-clad hippie philosopher, a proud ‘freethinker’” with “crystalline blue eyes.” Those of my generation who are familiar with Gaskin know him... Continue reading
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Carl Zimmer in Quanta: In March 2011, the Tara, a 36-meter schooner, sailed from Chile to Easter Island — a three-week leg of a five-year global scientific expedition. All but one of the seven scientists aboard the ship spent much... Continue reading
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