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    The Universe Has Already Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make

    Black holes are cosmic dimmers.

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    Here’s Where Our Minds Sharpen in Old Age

    Fluid intelligence has several aspects, and aging affects them differently.

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    We Have to Talk About Doubt

    How to tell the difference between scientific and conspiratorial skepticism.

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    My Personal Quest to Study Supernovae on Mars

    Overcoming sexist naysayers and self-doubt in astrophysics.

  • Patil_HERO

    How I Escaped My Troubles Through Science

    My life in theoretical physics took a fateful turn after 9/11.

  • Margolin_HERO-1

    The Ecology of Good Weed

    How one small farmer is creating a buzz with organic pot.

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    The Electromagnetic Force of Fridge Magnets

    An illustrated guide to the universal laws in your kitchen.

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    Why You May Have More Friends Than Your Friends Do

    There’s a rude charm to the title, “Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You.” It’s catchy, like the title of an antagonistic explainer: Here are the causes of your lackluster social life. It sounds more like a New York Times op-ed than an academic paper. But in fact, “Why Your Friends Have More Friends […]

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    The Beauty of Crossed Brain Wires

    Synesthesia makes ordinary life marvelous.

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    The Transcendence of Tantric Sex

    A psychologist argues science can take a lesson from ritual about how to heal.