The philosophers knew it first. “Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together,” wrote Thomas Carlyle in 1831. Since then, science has redefined the word.
7 Surprises That Climate Change Will Throw Us
The interdependence of ecosystems and their inhabitants means climate change may force animals, including us, to adapt in surprising ways—some startling changes are to come.“Leiv Eiriksson discovers North America,” by Christian Krohg (1893) Rising sea levels, lower air quality, and longer and more frequent droughts often top the list of climate change consequences that will […]
Why a Hedge Fund Started a Video Game Competition
The chief technology officer of one of the world’s largest hedge funds talks data.
Actually, There Is a Time Like the Present
Think there’s no time like the present? Modern physics begs to differ.
Cormac McCarthy Returns to the Kekulé Problem
Answers to questions and questions that cannot be answered.
How Sex Perps Use Deny, Attack, and Reverse
It’s important to give name to and recognize this phenomenon. Perpetrators of sexual violence—and any kind of wrongdoing—must not be allowed to continue to use DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender) to hijack the truth.Photograph by Gage Skidmore / Wikicommons Last year, at a campaign rally, candidate Donald Trump denied that he had sexually […]
A Modest Proposal for Thanksgiving
Given 46 million turkeys, the carbon footprint of Thanksgiving turkeys is well over 2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide. In the present deplorable state of the Earth, this is a very great additional grievance.“Still Life with a Turkey Pie,” by Pieter Claesz (1627) / Wikicommons Or, For Preventing the Annual Repast from Being a Burden on […]
Why Nuclear Power Professionals Are Serious About Joking Around
In August 2013, Finland’s young nuclear professionals, under 35 years old, met up for the Summer Games in Mikkeli municipality, put on by the Finnish Nuclear Society’s Young Generation Group. Launched in 1998, the organization helps people interested in nuclear fields network. As usual, the plan was to escape office life, eat, drink, use […]
Darwin’s Lost Beetle Is Back
It’s difficult to overstate the importance of finding an original Darwin specimen, collected during the Beagle’s first voyage. But finding it, and realizing it was a lost specimen collected by Darwin, was just the first step in a much longer journey.Photograph by fiddledydee / Flickr On August 24, 1832, HMS Beagle dropped anchor at Bahía […]
Yes, It Matters What You Wear to an Exam
The formality of clothing might not only influence the way others perceive a person, and how people perceive themselves, but could influence decision making in important ways through its influence on cognitive processing style.Photograph by John Chillingworth / Getty Images In May 2015, an official vote was held by the Oxford University Student Union about […]