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    I Am Not a Monster

    Science has turned the squid from a storied monster into a marvel.

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    Ingenious: Jack Gilbert

    The professor of surgery explains how health emerges from a healthy microbiome.

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    How Single Women Are Changing Society

    Thinking out of the nuclear family box.

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    Head to Head: Should We Allow a Doping Free-for-All?

    Two philosophers debate the ethics of performance enhancement.

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    Why We Swim in Quarries

    The powerful allure of the deep azure.

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    The Caveman Guide to Parenting

    Every evening as the sun sets, Robb Wolf begins his nightly ritual: While his two daughters play, he slowly dims the lights, just a few lumens every 20 to 30 minutes, until the house, in Reno, Nevada, is dark. The family is asleep before 8 p.m. and awake before dawn, as Wolf imagines our ancestors […]

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    Is This New Swim Stroke the Fastest Yet?

    The surprising performance and physics of the fish kick.

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    Why Do People Have Such Strong Feelings for the Portland Airport’s Carpet?

    A typical view of the Portland airport’s old carpet on social mediaMichael Morgan via Flickr “Take a pic of your feet on the carpet,” texted my sister. I had just landed in Portland, Oregon, to visit my siblings, and was walking to the airport exit. Autocorrect must have made a mistake, I thought. Yet I […]

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    Is DNA the Language of the Book of Life?

    Thinking of nucleobases as a long sequence of letters may contribute to the illusion that DNA is a language.Neil Palmer / CIAT via Flickr When we talk about genes, we often use expressions inherited from a few influential geneticists and evolutionary biologists, including Francis Crick, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins. These expressions depict DNA as […]