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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.
In the 1960s, the English psychologist Peter Wason devised an experiment that would revolutionize his field. This clever puzzle, known as the “Wason selection task,” is often claimed…Read More
It’s become common to think about cultural change the same way we think about biological evolution—so common that it may obscure whether the comparison really works. Though there remain…Read More
When anthropologist Alyssa Crittenden began studying the Hadza people of Tanzania 10 years ago, she was surprised to see an 8-year-old girl head out to forage for golden kongolobe berries…Read More
When Italian authorities confirmed that James Gandolfini had just died in Rome of an apparent heart attack in 2013, many reports in American media fronted the fact that Gandolfini’s body…Read More