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Courtney Humphries

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    We Weren’t Designed to Appreciate Good Perfume

    Our sense of smell may have evolved to detect danger, not beauty.

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    How White Came to Be Synonymous With Clean and Good

    White has a physical purity. White light contains roughly equal amounts of every color in the visual spectrum, and activates all three types of cone cells in our eyes related to color. As a result, we perceive materials that don’t absorb color, and reflect light back to us, as achromatic—white. The union of white and […]

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    Have We Hit Peak Whiteness?

    Our obsession with cleanliness is running afoul of scientific reality.

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    Ingenious: John Ochsendorf

    Meet the architectural rebel who champions ancient engineers.

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    Why We Should Let the Pantheon Crack

    Modern architects have a lot to learn from the sound engineering of the ancients.