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    Do We Need a Theory of Everything?

    I get constantly asked if I could please comment on other people’s theories of everything. That...

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    The Things We Can’t Control Are Beautiful

    Poker players like to brag they win with luck not skill. So do investment bankers. Scientists....

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    What I Learned from Losing $200 Million

    I’d lost almost $200 million in October. November wasn’t looking any better. It was 2008, after...

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    The Contagion Detective

    The COVID-19 pandemic was some epidemiologist’s nightmare when Adam Kucharski was writing Rules of Contagion. Released...

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    The Damage We’re Not Attending To

    World War II bomber planes returned from their missions riddled with bullet holes. The first response...

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    This Philosophical Argument Convinced People to Give More to Charity

    How much would you pay to prevent your own child becoming blind?Photograph by 1000Photography / ShutterstockLast...

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    How the Pandemic Has Tested Behavioral Science

    In the interplay between behavioral science and policy, puffs of smoke abound.Photo illustration by metamorworks /...

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    The Dr. Strange of the American Revolution

    In Rush, author Stephen Fried confirms what earlier biographical writings on the doctor had observed: that...

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    The Glassmaker Who Sparked Astrophysics

    The lights in the sky above us—the sun, the moon, and the panoply of countless stars—have...

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    Steven Pinker on the Tribal Roots of Defying Social Distancing

    Partly because people think of experts as oracles, as opposed to experimenters and exploiters of trial...

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    Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest

    Dear Bella,I’m going to imitate Rudyard Kipling and tell you a just-so story. Kipling was one...

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    Life on Earth Is a Sketchy Guide to an Alien Civilization

    Any assumptions about properties like intelligence or agency that we make based on what we currently...

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    The Mystery of the Dark Asteroid That Scorched Russia

    On a June morning in 1908, above a sleepy forest in the Siberian Taiga plush with...

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    The Trouble with Counting Alien Civilizations

    You might imagine that in the midst of a global pandemic and all of its social...

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    The Animal Kingdom Should Have Father’s Day Too

    A concerned clownfish father looking after his nest of tiny, orange eggs.Justin RhodesBecoming a parent brings...

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    Why Aliens and Volcanoes Go Together

    The novelist William Golding suggested to James Lovelock that he name his now-famous hypothesis after the...

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    Could an AI Be Immortal?

    Consider Data, the android from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Suppose he finds himself on a...