• My Out-of-Body Experience

    In a sensory deprivation tank, I lost my body and found myself.

  • What Makes Group Decisions Go Wrong. And Right.

    Why intellectual laziness doesn’t have to lead to groupthink.

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    You Can Save More Animals by Donating $100 Than Going Vegan

    By now everybody’s heard about the terrible treatment that pigs and chickens get in factory farms. For many, the solution seems obvious: eat less meat. But let’s look at that solution in terms of how effective it is. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American eats about 30 farm animals […]

  • Gaia, the Scientist

    What if the first woman scientist was simply the first woman?

  • The Botanist Who Defied Stalin

    His dream of feeding the world died in prison. His dream of a seed bank lives on.

  • Life Always Wins. Follow Me

    A botanist is introduced to escapees from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

  • The Beloved Mesolithic Girl

    As a new mother, an anthropologist makes a moving discovery at an infant’s burial site.

  • What Industrial Societies Get Wrong About Childhood

    Age-based classes are not the only way to learn—and may not be the most effective.

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    Fantastic Beasts Brought to Life by the Wind

    An artist’s moving tribute to nature’s powerful resource.

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    Who Said Science and Art Were Two Cultures?

    Revisiting C.P. Snow’s infamous thesis.