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The Unquiet Mind

“People need depth, and depth means the possibility of unhappiness and frustration and sometimes torment — though hopefully not madness.” […]

Wild Bees Are Good For Crops, But Crops Are Bad For Bees

Some of the most healthful foods you can think of — blueberries, cranberries, apples, almonds and squash — would never […]

MIT Invents A Machine That Can Look At Batman’s Face And See His Heart Beating

My pal Erik Olsen at The New York Times has just described an extraordinary new way to look at people. […]

Go Away! I Want You As Far Away From Me As Possible (How Big Is The Universe?)

If you were the Lord High Poo-bah of the Planet Xantar, and you wanted to banish someone to the farthest […]

First Space Tourist Sets Sights On A Mars Mission

The world’s first space tourist is financing a project that aims to launch an American man and woman on a […]

Close Your Eyes And Imagine A Protein. See Anything? A Housefly, Maybe?

Pay no attention to this housefly. We’ll get to it later, but first, how about a “Do You Recognize This?” […]

Flying Plates Learn To Catch Flying Poles In Switzerland

Imagine a plate, like a dinner plate, hovering mid-air. The technical name for this gizmo is a quadrocopter. But what […]

Underwater Hunger Artist: Giant Isopod Fasts For 4 Years

From Japan comes news of a giant isopod that knows all there is to know about the hunger game. How […]

To Spot Kids Who Will Overcome Poverty, Look At Babies

Why do some children who grow up in poverty do well, while others struggle? To understand more about this, a […]

Scientists May Have Uncovered Ancient Microcontinent

The remains of a small continent have been hiding right under our noses for the past 85 million years or […]

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