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  • Singer_HERO

    Why Your Roses Smell Nice

    Hint—it’s mostly coincidence.

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    What William James Got Right About Consciousness

    Is consciousness an instinct?When feeling at sea about definitions and meanings in the mind/brain business, it is always rewarding to dial up William James once again. Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now . More than 125 years ago, James wrote a landmark article simply titled “What Is an Instinct?” He […]

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    What Question Will You Be Remembered For?

    Last week, John Brockman announced this year’s “Annual Question” to be the last, and it has an appropriately culminating feel to it: “What is the last question?”Illustration by Sascha Grusche / Wikicommons John Brockman has run out of questions, and it’s a shame. For 20 years, as a sort of homage to his late […]

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    The Last Love of Jonas Salk

    The unusual union of a renowned artist and the discoverer of the Polio vaccine.

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    5 Reasons Why Humans Can’t Do Without Sports

    The importance of being playful is evident in how ancient the behavior is.Photograph by U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jannelle McRae Last year, more than 111 million people—about a third of the U.S. population—watched the Super Bowl. The numbers will likely be similar on Sunday: Devout football fans, and those watching their first N.F.L. […]

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    Does Aging Have a Reset Button?

    A Stanford researcher’s new take on stem cells.