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    What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments

    Math won’t solve quantum gravity. Experimentation will.

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    Time Is Contagious

    How to control the subjective experience of time.

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    Against Willpower

    Willpower is a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped.

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    The Exotic Matter States Behind PCs, Visual Displays, and the Future of Water

    You might have learned in school that there are three phases of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. That is a useful simplification for young students, but there are in fact many, many more. In the past century or so, we’ve discovered that there are hundreds of distinct solid phases—some of which are used to build […]

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    Love Is Like Cocaine

    From ecstasy to withdrawal, the lover resembles an addict.

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    Ingenious: Ken Perlin

    We sit down with the virtual reality expert.

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    Why You Didn’t See It Coming

    When scale confounds our perceptions, stories can clarify them.

  • Power

    Problems of power resist solution. As other aspects of our lives have been entirely transformed for the better—the ability to communicate with each other, for example—just a little over a tenth of the world lives in a full democracy, and democratization has stalled or reversed in many parts of the world. Why is power a […]