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    Does Social Media Poison Everything?

    We have far less control over our behavior than we like to think.

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    Thank You for the 7 PM Clapping, But Camaraderie Is Needed More Than Ever

    Handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing are the easy part. The true challenge is to face the pain and suffering that exists all around us and know that doing so will not break us.Illustration by Blinx / Shutterstock COVID has reached peak unsexiness. The thought occurs to me as I scroll through previously lively physician COVID forums where […]

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    Why We Should Eat Crickets. And Other Bug Ideas

    As the human population expands, we are going to have to find better ways to feed ourselves without further decimating the environment.Photograph by Koldunova Anna / Shutterstock In his new book, The Butterfly Effect: Insects and the Making of the Modern World, Edward Melillo calls some insects “little laboratories,” the various productions of which have […]

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    How Psilocybin Can Save the Environment

    To preserve nature, we need to open our minds to it.

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    The Human Error Darwin Inspired

    How the demotion of Homo sapiens led to environmental destruction.

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    Build Your Own Artificial Neural Network. It’s Easy!

    The first artificial neural networks weren’t abstractions inside a computer, but actual physical systems made of whirring motors and big bundles of wire. Here I’ll describe how you can build one for yourself using SnapCircuits, a kid’s electronics kit. I’ll also muse about how to build a network that works optically using a webcam. And […]