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Regan Penaluna

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    I Am Not a Monster

    Science has turned the squid from a storied monster into a marvel.

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    Sexism Killed My Love for Philosophy Then Mary Astell Brought It Back

    How one woman philosopher reinvigorated another.

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    Ingenious: Jack Gilbert

    The professor of surgery explains how health emerges from a healthy microbiome.

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    The Caveman Guide to Parenting

    Just as Paleo dieters assume a mismatch between human biology and the food culture of the postindustrial West, Paleo parents believe that modern parenting habits don’t support healthy child development.Photograph by H. Armstrong Roberts / ClassicStock Every evening as the sun sets, Robb Wolf begins his nightly ritual: While his two daughters play, he slowly […]

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    How Single Women Are Changing Society

    Thinking out of the nuclear family box.

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    Head to Head: Should We Allow a Doping Free-for-All?

    Two philosophers debate the ethics of performance enhancement.

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    Matchmaking Algorithms Are Unraveling the Causes of Rare Genetic Diseases

    Jill Viles, an Iowa mother, was born with a rare type of muscular dystrophy. The symptoms weren’t really noticeable until preschool, when she began to fall while walking. She saw doctors, but they couldn’t diagnose her or supply a remedy. When she left for college, she was 5-foot-3 and weighed just 87 pounds. How she […]

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    What It Feels Like to Be an Octopus

    On a recent Sunday, at my local Italian market, I considered the octopus. To eat the tentacle would be, in a way, like eating a brain—the eight arms of an octopus contain two-thirds of its half billion neurons. Delicious for some, yes—but for others, a jumping off point for the philosophical question of other minds. […]

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    How Single Women Are Changing Society

    Bella DePaulo never fantasized about a dream wedding or being a bridesmaid. Instead, she saw herself as “single at heart,” pursuing intellectual refinement, friendship, and solitude as a young psychologist. Still, she had internalized the popular idea that married people were happier and healthier than the unmarried, and took her own pleasant experience to be […]

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    Why You Shouldn’t Swipe Left Too Quickly

      When Eric Klinenberg, an NYU sociologist, was waiting at Penn Station with an armful of groceries, he got a call from a publisher at Penguin. “Hey,” said the publisher, “I have a random question for you: Have you ever heard of a comedian named Aziz Ansari?” “I was like, Yea,” said Klinenberg, “Aziz Ansari […]