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Lisa Allardice in The Guardian: At a PEN lecture in Manhattan last weekend, the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie took Hillary Clinton to task for beginning her Twitter biowith “Wife, mom, grandma”. Her husband’s account, it will surprise no one to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Philip Ball in New Statesman: Researchers are now becoming confident enough to claim that the information available from sequencing a person’s genome – the instructions encoded in our DNA that influence our physical and behavioural traits – can be used... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Freeman Dyson in Nautilus: All through a long life I had three main concerns, with a clear order of priority. Family came first, friends second, and work third.” So writes the pioneering theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson in the introduction to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Evelyn Lamb in Smithsonian: April is both National Poetry Month and Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, so a few years ago science writer Stephen Ornes dubbed it Math Poetry Month. If the words “math” and “poetry” don’t intuitively make sense... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Alison Abbot in Nature: Neuroscientist Michael Heneka knows that radical ideas require convincing data. In 2010, very few colleagues shared his belief that the brain’s immune system has a crucial role in dementia. So in May of that year, when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Veronique Greenwood in The New York Times: Outside the kitchen door at the Kuala Belalong Field Studies Center in Brunei, on a number of trees near the balcony, there is a nest of very special ants. They explode. This colony... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Jonathan Beckman in 1843 Magazine: The marriage of sated appetites and adventurous conversation has a long history. In Ancient Greece, philosophical discourses were washed down with jugs of wine at banquets known as symposia. There was always a risk that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Sarah Churchwell in The Guardian: Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. It seemed an astonishing thing for a candidate to say; people campaigning for president usually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Stanley Cohen in counterpunch: “The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating, that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot survive their being repeated.” With these commanding words,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Martin Oldham in 1843 Magazine: Claude Monet is known and loved as a painter of light and mist, rivers and sea and water-lily ponds. It is doubtful whether he would have recognised himself as a painter of architecture. “Other painters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Liqun Luo in Nautilus: The brain is complex; in humans it consists of about 100 billion neurons, making on the order of 100 trillion connections. It is often compared with another complex system that has enormous problem-solving power: the digital... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Denise Grady in The New York Times: Odds of survival can greatly improve for people with the most common type of lung cancer if they are given a new drug that activates the immune system along with chemotherapy, a major... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Charles Homans in The New York Times: Township, Pa., that a sense of what exactly it was that I was watching — what I and everyone else had been watching throughout Trump’s presidency to that point — finally clicked into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Carl Zimmer in The New York Times: Of all the plants that humanity has turned into crops, none is more puzzling than the sweet potato. Indigenous people of Central and South America grew it on farms for generations, and Europeans... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Kimberly Meyer in Orion Magazine: In the weeks leading up to the flood, Constant Ngouala pulled weeds to prepare the beds for his fall seedlings. During those mid-August days, steeped in Houston’s humidity, he hadn’t known about the tropical wave... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
John Mullan in The Guardian: For a long time, the sedulous student who wants to see Shakespeare in the act of creation has been able to go to the extracts contained in the eight fat volumes of Geoffrey Bullough’s Narrative... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Heidi Ledford in Nature: A landmark cancer drug approved last year seemed to herald a long-anticipated change in the treatment of some tumours: with medicines selected on the basis of molecular markers, rather than the tissue in which the cancer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Jason Cowley in New Statesman: One summer afternoon in 1997, on assignment for the Times, I visited Bryan Magee at his flat in Kensington, west London. I read philosophy at university in the late 1980s and my understanding of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Michael J Sandel in The New York Times: In recent decades, American public discourse has become hollow and shrill. Instead of morally robust debates about the common good, we have shouting matches on talk radio and cable television, and partisan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
From KurzweilAI: MIT researchers have invented a system that allows someone to communicate silently and privately with a computer or the internet by simply thinking — without requiring any facial muscle movement. The AlterEgo system consists of a wearable device... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Alexis Okeowo in The New Yorker: For Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, anger is the most useful emotion. Anger was what motivated her to write for newspapers as a teen-ager and to make documentary films as an adult, and it is the reaction... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Cassandra Willyard in Nature: On an unseasonably warm February morning, Mark Pierson takes a 20-minute drive to one of Minneapolis’s larger pet shops. Pierson, a researcher in an immunology laboratory at the University of Minnesota, often comes here to buy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Mitch Leslie in Science: About 12 years ago, Gary Glick and his wife noticed something wrong with their son, Jeremy. He seemed to be lagging behind his twin sister, recalls the immunologist and chemical biologist at the University of Michigan... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at 3quarksdaily
Barbara Ehrenreich in The Guardian: I watched in dismay as most of my educated, middle-class friends began, at the onset of middle age, to obsess about their health and likely longevity. Even those who were at one point determined to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at 3quarksdaily