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How to do divorce, divestment, and death properly.
Infinite patterns that never repeat have moved from fantasy to reality.
We affect our children’s gender, and it affects us back.
Ants show that emergency exits can work better when they’re obstructed.
The trouble with time travel.
He gave away his last $30 million and felt free—a case study in altruism.
A controversial test for self-awareness is dividing the animal kingdom.
Hallucinating yourself can be both a symptom and a tool.
Mixed-sex animals teach us about our own multifarious nature.
The way we process faces means that symmetry is only part of the story.
The head of the Max Planck Society discusses the science of creative visualization.
Breakthroughs in science and art begin with an image.
A new model—“The Big Splat”—explains the strange asymmetry of the moon.
An astrophysicist looks into the future and the distance.
The Earth is becoming a computer visible across galactic distance.
He ushered symmetry into theoretical physics, then vanished without a trace.
It’s a clear warm day in early August, and the Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert is lucky it isn’t windy. Towering right behind him stands a 30-foot tall domino. It’s 15 feet wide,…Read More
David J. Peterson is perhaps the most well known linguist in Hollywood. Since 2011, he has created numerous languages for television and films, including the HBO dramatization of George…Read More
When philosopher Nicolas Malebranche peered at a fetus floating in a glass jar, in a shop of curiosities in Paris in 1672, he blamed its monstrous shape on the mother. At the time it was…Read More
On April 27, 2011 a monstrous EF5 tornado traveled 132 miles across northern Alabama and into southern Tennessee, missing one of the nation’s largest nuclear power plants by less than…Read More