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Nicola Twilley in The New Yorker: Just over a billion years ago, many millions of galaxies from here, a pair of black holes collided. They had been circling each other for aeons, in a sort of mating dance, gathering pace... Continue reading
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Dennis Overbye in the New York Times: A team of physicists who can now count themselves as astronomers announced on Thursday that they had heard and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding a billion light-years away, a fleeting... Continue reading
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Paul Halpern in Medium: The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) project was proposed by physicist Rainer (Rai) Weiss of MIT, along with Kip Thorne, Ronald Drever, Rochus Vogt and other researchers at Caltech. Born in Berlin in 1932 to a... Continue reading
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Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft in the Los Angeles Review of Books: In Delhi and in four other locations across northern India stand the “Jantar Mantars,” clusters of giant astronomical instruments built by an 18th-century Maharaja, Jai Singh II, many of them... Continue reading
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Carl L. Hart in Vice: The long subway ride from DC's airport to Silver Spring was unusually pleasant. It had been about an hour since I had taken a low dose of methamphetamine. It was my 40th birthday—October 30, 2006—and... Continue reading
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Eric Michael Johnson interviews Fritjof Capra in Evonomics: The role of systems thinking in economics has grown in prominence throughout the late 20th Century—much of it due to the pioneering work of Fritjof Capra, whose writings and movies have inspired... Continue reading
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Tamsin Shaw in the New York Review of Books: In 1971, the psychologist B.F. Skinner expressed the hope that the vast, humanly created problems defacing our beautiful planet (famines, wars, the threat of a nuclear holocaust) could all be solved... Continue reading
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Ed Yong in The Atlantic: In the darkness of the Akeley Hall of Mammals, swarms of kids gawk at beautifully staged dioramas of Africa’s wildlife. The stuffed safari, nestled in the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York,... Continue reading
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Ram Manikkalingam in Open Democracy: Last week the national anthem was sung in Tamil for the first time at the official celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence day. Six years ago the government’s own regional director for education in the Tamil... Continue reading
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by Paul Braterman Is this book worthy of your time and attention? Yes. But this is not a book review, so much as a conversation with myself, triggered by reading it, and what follows is as much mine as his,... Continue reading
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Frogs Watching Worm TV A bunch of frogs gather to watch a video about worms on a cell phone… Posted by Daily Picks and Flicks on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 . Like Frogs . we congregate like frogs before a... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt Progressives, moderates, and even many conservatives are aghast at Donald Trump's populist appeal. As this cantankerous oaf flashes ever brighter in the political pan, they fret that his demagoguery might land him the Republican presidential nomination, and... Continue reading
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Kerry James Marshall. Lost Boys: AKA 8 ball, 1992. More here, here, and here. Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon In Playing in the Dark, a set of essays on race in American literature, Toni Morrison is led “to wonder whether the major and championed characteristics of our national literature . . . are not in fact... Continue reading
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by Sarah Firisen Anyone can be in charge. Being in charge isn’t the same as being a leader. We've all known great leaders. People that we’d walk through fire for, but what makes them such great leaders? As the Presidential... Continue reading
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by Shadab Zeest Hashmi My first encounter with the ghazal had to have happened at home where my parents played ghazal LPs on their Phillips record player, along with Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Harry Belafonte and Edith Piaf. The ghazal entered my... Continue reading
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by Matt McKenna The worst part about seeing a kids’ movie in theatres--even a decent one like Kung Fu Panda 3--is sitting through the trailers that play before the feature. For every trailer decent enough to respectably fill its two... Continue reading
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Tim Parks in the New York Review of Books: Perhaps inevitably when reading translations, from time to time one comes across a strange word: “ankylosed,” for example. “Nor was it easy to understand how he had survived in Auschwitz,” we... Continue reading
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Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket Science: There’s a group of fossils insects that look really quite a lot like butterflies. They had broad wings with scales and pigmented eyespots. Their mouthparts were long probing straws. They likely fed from... Continue reading
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