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    This NFT Painting Is a Work of Art

    Machines are the new descendants of Picasso.

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    The Economic Case for Vaccine Passports

    Requiring vaccine passports would not violate any individual rights that a well-ordered society would choose to defend.

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    The Math That Says Egalitarianism Is Possible

    You don’t have to be entirely pessimistic about the future of wealth inequality.

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    Nature’s Antifreeze

    Fish that thrive in icy waters provide a key to preserving human cells.

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    Twilight of the Nautilus

    What the scientist who has studied the iconic sea creature for 45 years now sees.

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    Why Your Sleeping Brain Replays New Rewarding Experiences

    It turned out that, yes, the participants’ brains revealed they were doing a kind of “neural replay” of the game they had been manipulated to win.Illustration by Kateryna Kon / Shutterstock During this Olympics, I’ve been rooting for Kelleigh Ryan, who is on the women’s foil team. She’s from Ottawa, where I live. Whenever she […]

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    The Natural Harmony of Faces

    How the golden ratio might contribute to cinema’s hold on us.

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    What’s Fueling Today’s Extreme Fires

    A geophysicist breaks down the elements of wildfires.

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    Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious

    Panpsychists look at the many rungs on the complexity ladder of nature and see no obvious line between mind and no-mind.Illustration by Yurchanka Siarhei / Shutterstock Last year, the cover of New Scientist ran the headline, “Is the Universe Conscious?” Mathematician and physicist Johannes Kleiner, at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Germany, told […]

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    What Misspellings Reveal About Cultural Evolution

    Stable cultural forms do not have to result from close replication; they can emerge continuously out of subtle changes.Illustration by VectorMine / Shutterstock Something about me must remind people of a blind 17th-century poet. My last name, Miton, is French, yet people outside of France invariably misspell it as “Milton”—as in the famed English author, […]