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Skylight: more than meets the eye

Even if you’re able to escape light pollution on a clear night, your view of the Milky Way is still obscured by the Earth’s atmosphere ...

Nixon's Manhunt For The High Priest Of LSD In 'The Most Dangerous Man In America'

Author Bill Minutaglio’s new book chronicles Timothy Leary’s international escape from a California prison and the president’s campaign to make him the poster child for ...

How the whalers of Moby-Dick could help put humans on Mars

In the 45 years since the Apollo 17 astronauts placed the last boot prints on the Moon, Mars has loomed as the next target for ...

Hear a Dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys: Free for a Limited Time

A quick heads up: The BBC is now streaming a new, six-part adaptation of Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman’s mythical fantasy novel from 2006. Only available ...

How to Download Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Now as a Free Audiobook

Despite cease and desist orders issued by the president’s lawyers, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House is now out and it’s ...

Research Finds Hysterectomy Alone Associated With Increased Long-Term Health Risks

Mayo Clinic researchers show that hysterectomy with ovarian conservation is associated with a significantly increased risk

The Met Is Set To Snap Nearly 5 Decades Of Pay-As-You-Wish Tradition

Since 1970, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has not mandated an admission fee. Come March, that will change for out-of-state visitors — but ...

'Insidious: The Last Key' Unlocks The Series' Past. Again.

The creaky fourth entry in the Insidious film series focuses on its in-house team of poltergeist-busters — a wise move — with a prequel that ...

Winter’s watch

‘It’s the great waiting of winter … hulking there and biding its time until life comes back.’ A meditation on the appeals and challenges of ...

Economics is quantum

Money and brains are both quantum phenomena – so it’s not surprising that economics is overdue for a quantum revolution By David Orrell Read at ...

Hear the Hagia Sophia’s Awe-Inspiring Acoustics Get Recreated with Computer Simulations, and Let Yourself Get Transported Back to the Middle Ages

The technology used to produce, record, and process music has become ever more sophisticated and awe-inspiring, especially in the capability of software to emulate real ...

The Story of How Beethoven Helped Make It So That CDs Could Play 74 Minutes of Music

We music fans of the increasingly all-digital 2010s take compact discs for granted, so much so that many of us haven’t slid one into a ...

This Is Your Body On Dry January

There are benefits to banishing the booze.

The One Coworker Every Employee Needs

It takes help to make your career goals come true.

In Lebanon, Mile-Long Artwork Is A Sign Of Peace

Lebanese twins Omar and Mohamed Kabbani painted “salam” — the Arabic word for peace — in bright green across 82 rooftops in the northern city ...

Tidy birds and neat bees: on conscientiousness in animals

Human personality theory has long revolved around what we know as the ‘Big Five’ – five dimensions of personality that cover a large swathe of ...

21st-century Marx

Each era of modernity has reinvented Marx to fit its needs. How can his analysis of capitalism help us today? By Terrell Carver Read at ...

Free, Open Source Modular Synth Software Lets You Create 70s & 80s Electronic Music—Without Having to Pay Thousands for a Real-World Synthesizer

In the past decade or so, the analog modular synth—of the kind pioneered by Robert Moog and Don Buchla—has made a comeback, creating a booming ...

How Isaac Newton Lost $3 Million Dollars in the “South Sea Bubble” of 1720: Even Geniuses Can’t Prevail Against the Machinations of the Markets

The Aristotelian notion of “man” as a “rational animal” has seen its share of detractors, from the Cynics to Bertrand Russell to nearly the whole ...

7 Signs You're Too Close To Your Boss

Boundaries are a key part of any healthy relationship, and that’s especially true in the workplace.

16 Totally Relatable Tweets About Life As An Introvert

“As an introvert I get more enjoyment from being invited to a party then I do from attending the party.”

Radio Replay: Fresh Starts

Unpredictable things happen to us all the time. On this Radio Replay, we mark the new year with two of our favorite stories of loss ...

MacArthur 'Genius' Paints Nigerian Childhood Alongside Her American Present

Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she was 16. Her large-scale paintings reflect her life in both countries. ...

Behind the bars

I am a pilgrim far from home,A wanderer like Mars,And thought my wanderings ne’er should come,So fixed behind the bars! In 1910, after a 1,200-mile ...

Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests?

Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of ...

The 10 Most Popular Courses on Coursera in 2017 (and 2,000 Courses You Can Take for Free in January, 2018)

Back in 2012, Coursera started offering MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) to the world at large. And they’ve since amassed some 28 million registered users, ...

The Health Benefits of Drumming: Less Stress, Lower Blood Pressure, Pain Relief, and Altered States of Consciousness

Drumming—from tablas to tympani to djembes—is universal, so much so, says author Sayer Ji, that it seems “hard-wired into our biological, social and spiritual DNA.” ...

The David Bowie Book Club Gets Launched by His Son: Read One of Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books Every Month

Cast as the star of 1976′s The Man Who Fell to Earth, David Bowie traveled to New Mexico for the shoot, meeting with director Nicolas ...

Woody Guthrie Creates a Doodle-Filled List of 33 New Year’s Resolutions (1943): Beat Fascism, Write a Song a Day, and Keep the Hoping Machine Running

On January 1, 1943, the American folk music legend Woody Guthrie jotted in his journal a list of 33 “New Years Rulin’s.” Nowadays, we’d call ...

Emojis Of 2018: Bagels, Kangaroos, Redheads Are In. 'Frowning Pile Of Poo' Is Out

The committee that selects emojis for 2018 has narrowed down its selection for the new batch. (Image credit: Emojipedia)

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