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    Why the Laws of Physics Are Inevitable - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.These three objects illustrate the principles behind “spin,” a...

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    Best Screenplay Goes to the Algorithms - Issue 79: Catalysts - Nautilus

    Ross Goodwin has had an extraordinary career. After playing about with computers as a child, he...

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    How I Taught My Computer to Write Its Own Music - Issue 79: Catalysts - Nautilus

    On a warm day in April 2013, I was sitting in a friend’s kitchen in Paris,...

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    Picasso’s Got Nothing on AI Artists - Issue 79: Catalysts - Nautilus

    I’m trying to explain to Arthur I. Miller why artworks generated by computers don’t quite do...

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    Are Neural Networks About to Reinvent Physics? - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

    Can AI teach itself the laws of physics? Will classical computers soon be replaced by deep...

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    How to Predict Extreme Weather - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

    Thanks to advances in machine learning over the last two decades, it’s no longer in question...

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    Where to See the Real Living Dead - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Everyone knows forests are alive, but Suzanne Simard, who studies complex, symbiotic networks, helps us see...

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    A Lexicon of Light - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

    The 20 words defined in this lexicon reflect the ways in which light irradiates the atmosphere,...

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    Doc Holliday Is Dead But Tuberculosis Is Still Killing Us - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    In Red Dead Redemption 2, a Western-themed action-adventure video game, tuberculosis fells the hero in a...

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    As Winters Shrink, Our Discontent Grows - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

    Winter is changing its character. Since the beginning of the 21st century, glaciers have been melting...

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    The Rainforest Is Teeming with Consciousness - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

    Since 1980, the temperature of the planet has risen by 0.8 degrees Celsius, resulting in unprecedented...

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    The Psychology of Greta Thunberg’s Climate Activism - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

    In September 2019, Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage activist, excoriated world leaders for their ongoing failure...

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    How the Neutrino’s Tiny Mass Could Help Solve Big Mysteries - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.The KATRIN experiment is closing in on the mass...

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    Are We Flushing Our Resistance to Antibiotics Down the Drain? - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    You may think the key to beating antibiotic resistance is for doctors to prescribe less and...

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    Through Fortitude or Stupidity, Lee Berger Is Rewriting Human History - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    In some sense, Lee Rogers Berger found himself and the drowning woman at the same time....

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    Celebrating Science: Co-Sign the Letter - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Gérard DuBoisSCIENCE MATTERSMore than ever. Science gave us the light bulb.Science gave us the tractor.Science gave...

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    Is the Psychology of Greta Thunberg’s Climate Activism Effective? - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Greta Thunberg may have weighted her U.N. remarks toward care and fairness, but she didn’t omit...

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    The Strange Physics of How Babies Talk - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Different arrangements of words can be likened to microstates in statistical mechanics—the total set of ways...

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    Rock Solid Evidence for Other Earths - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    Is our planet unique? The chances are slim. There are trillions of other galaxies, each of...

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    Reason Won’t Save Us - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    In wondering what can be done to steer civilization away from the abyss, I confess to...

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    The Implant That Can Control Your Brain - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    Shaun Patel has such a tranquil voice that it’s easy to see how he convinces patients...

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    Physicists Say Google’s Quantum Computer Is Still Far From Practical - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Google and company claim that their quantum computer can do in 200 seconds what it would...

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    The Problem with the Frozen Poop Knife Study - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    In an experiment designed to test whether a tool forged by the cold from human waste...

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    Is the Search for Dark Matter an Act of Faith? - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    The young physicist sits at his computer, watching for signals from Cygnus. His name is Christopher...

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    Why We’re Drawn Into Darkness - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    Robert Macfarlane grew up obsessed twith climbing mountains and nearly died on several occasions as he...

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    The Lightning Beneath Our Feet - Issue 77: Underworlds  - Nautilus

    An earthquake shook the central Italian city of L’Aquila in the early morning of April 6,...

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    Why Campaigns to Change Language Often Backfire - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    How much evidence is there for the notion that attitudes and behavior can be shaped by...

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    How Freedom Divides - Issue 76: Language - Nautilus

    As a biologist who studies animal behavior, particularly the long-term stability of the societies of different...

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    Making a Future Among the Stars - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Elon Musk has helped to advance self-driving electric cars and an implantable brain-machine interface, but when...

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    How American Tycoons Created the Dinosaur - Issue 75: Story - Nautilus

    The dinosaur is a chimera. Some parts of this complex assemblage are the result of biological...

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    How to Get Evangelicals to Care About Climate Change - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    It’s not that evangelicals don’t care about the environment. It’s that they care about people more.Photo...

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    What Trump’s Simplified Language Means - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    “There is a predictive relationship that speeches that are expressed using very simple basic language tend...

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    Mind the Gap Between Science and Religion - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Scientists should respect the limits of their discipline.Photo illustration by Triff / ShutterstockHave you heard that...

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    When Words Fail - Issue 76: Language - Nautilus

    In Samuel Beckett’s novel, The Unnamable, the anonymous narrator laments, “I’m all these words, all these...

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    The Communication We Share with Apes - Issue 76: Language - Nautilus

    There are few one-offs in life on Earth—rarely can a single species boast a trait or...

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    Nautilus | Science Connected

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.The parasites called myxosporeans live in fish during one...

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    Why Monster Stories Captivate Us - Issue 75: Story - Nautilus

    I was 13 years old when the movie Alien was released. It scared me into a...

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    Butterfly Wonk Robert Pyle Pens His First Novel 44 Years in the Making - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Ecologist Robert Michael Pyle’s imaginative treatment of the nonhuman world—he includes a butterfly and a mountain...

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    Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 75: Story - Nautilus

    From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer...

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    Human Emotions Are Personal Narratives - Issue 75: Story - Nautilus

    For his next book, Joseph LeDoux knew he had to go deep. He had to go...

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    Homo Narrativus and the Trouble with Fame - Issue 75: Story - Nautilus

    Our understanding of fame is critical to how we see each other and our society. But...