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    The Largest Cells on Earth - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Imagine you’re a scientist, sitting in the cold dark belly of a ship above an ocean...

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    You Can’t Dissect a Virtual Cadaver - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Last year, my first in medical school at Columbia University, I used a bone saw to...

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    Why People Feel Like Victims - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In a polarized nation, victimhood is a badge of honor. It gives people strength. “The victim...

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    How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a...

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    What Makes Music Universal - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    My friend Robert Burton, a neurologist and author, wanted to share a song with me last...

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    How Surprising Connections Can Save the Ocean - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Many marine biologists identify a gateway drug into their obsession, and for Heather Koldewey, it was...

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    Our Most Effective Weapon Is Imagination - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In his Theaetetus, Plato remarks to Socrates: “This pathos is proper to the philosopher: It is...

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    Why We Love to Be Grossed Out - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Disgust may not be a straightforward extension of the immune system’s aversion to harmful substances, but...

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    The Botanist Who Defied Stalin - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In 1913, 26-year-old Russian biologist Nikolai Vavilov went to the John Innes Horticultural Institute to study...

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    A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    I grew up in a small village in a very rural part of England. It was...

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    The Mother of All Accidents - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In 2001, Seth MacFarlane was the 27-year-old executive producer and creator of the not-yet-hit animated show...

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    Carbon, It’s Elementary, Dear Reader - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Chemistry By Brian Gallagher Donning his regular work attire—jeans and a Hawaiian shirt—Richard Saykally...

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    The Weak Case for Grit - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Psychology By Mike Mariani Make America great again. Clearly the message resonated. In 2016,...

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    How “My Octopus Teacher” Defied Convention - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Animals By Amos Zeeberg, Jonathon Keats & Brandon Keim Hello, It’s MeLike family members...

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    Do We Have Free Will? Maybe It Doesn't Matter - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    It’s hard to change people’s beliefs about free will. So, it can feel like a relief...

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    The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know) - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Resume Reading — The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know) You've read all...

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    How to Conquer COVID-19 Amid a Confederacy of Dunces - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Health By Katherine Hobson For Ryan Sherman*, a 34-year-old lawyer, something changed eight years...

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    Gaia, the Scientist - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Science Practice By Philip Ball Have you heard the one about the biologist, the...

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    The Trouble with Brain Scans - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Resume Reading — The Trouble with Brain Scans You've read 1 of 2 free monthly articles....

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    I Am Not a Machine. Yes You Are. - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Art By John Steele & Michael Segal Both poetry and physics have a way...

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    A Quiet Path Out of the Coronavirus Shadow - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Health By Sandeep Jauhar The morgue was inside Brooks Brothers. I was standing at...

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    Here’s How We’ll Know an AI Is Conscious - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Zombies are supposed to be capable of asking any question about the nature of experience. It’s...

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    Blackout in the Brain Lab - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Fiction By Jeff VanderMeer Once, it was different. Once, people had homes and parents...

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    This Tenet Shows Time Travel May Be Possible - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Physics By Mark Bowen One afternoon in February 2000, after a long day’s drilling,...

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    I Have Come to Bury Ayn Rand - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Economics By Brian Gallagher When Occupy Wall Street protesters began camping out in Zuccotti...

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    How Intelligent Could Life Be Without Natural Selection? - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Evolution By David P. Barash What is sex for? When I regularly queried students...

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    The Charmed Life of Frank Wilczek - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Physics By Kevin Berger Helen Clapp, a professor of theoretical physics at MIT, recounted...

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    Life Beyond Human Has to Play by the Rules - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Evolution By Kat McGowan Decades ago, behavioral neurobiologist David Crews read a strange report...

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    COVID Experts: We’re Putting Out Campfires but the Forest Fire Rages

    “There is light at the end of the tunnel,” Wayne Koff, President and CEO of the...

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    How Coronavirus Mutations Arise and New Variants Emerge

    This piece was produced in cooperation with the Nib.Maki Naro is an award-winning feral cartoonist and science communicator....

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    Comets Are More Dangerous Than We Thought

    You know what the plot of a show called CSI: Chicxulub would be? Finding out what...

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    What If You Could Describe Your Dreams While Dreaming?

    It’s a bit of a bummer that dreams are as fascinating as they are hard and...

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    How to Quiet Your Mind Chatter

    We’ve all been there. Stuck in our own heads, fixated on a two-minute conversation from three...

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    The Link Between Bioelectricity and Consciousness

    “It’s really hard to define what’s special about neurons,” says Tufts molecular biologist Michael Levin. “Almost...

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    This Is How Your Brain Walks the Dog—a Dialogue

    Habits: You two were arguing, I just kept walking. Felt like the right thing to do.Photograph...

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    Celebrating Women Scientists

    The small wonders of the natural world impressed Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya early. As a girl, growing up...

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    Was the Golden Rule Born in the Mind of a Monkey?

    As economic inequality increased in many wealthy nations in recent years, a debate has developed around...

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    The Intelligent Life of Droids

    When we first meet L3, Lando Calrissian’s droid co-pilot in the 2018 film Solo: A Star...

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    Consciousness Is Just a Feeling

    When he was a boy, Mark Solms obsessed over big existential questions. What happens when I...

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    That Is Not How Your Brain Works

    The 21st century is a time of great scientific discovery. Cars are driving themselves. Vaccines against...

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    If Aliens Exist, Here’s How We’ll Find Them

    Suppose aliens existed, and imagine that some of them had been watching our planet for its...

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    The Joy of Condensed Matter

    Everyone seems to be talking about the problems with physics: Peter Woit’s book Not Even Wrong,...

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    Literature Should Be Taught Like Science

    In the past quarter century, enrollment in college English departments has sunk like the Pequod in...

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    I Am a Heroin User. I Do Not Have a Drug Problem

    Carl Hart is a neuroscientist and Ziff Professor of Psychology at Columbia University—he was the first...

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    Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain

    Your brain has been altered, neurologically rewired as you acquired a particular skill. This renovation has...

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    Why Making Our Brains Noisier Feels Good

    Not since World War II has there been as great a threat to mental health as...

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    The Alien-Haunted World

    To shield one’s pet hypothesis of an alien object by suggesting that it is not being...

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    A Simple Way to Reduce Cognitive Bias

    It’s encouraging to know that merely paying attention to the details of your environment can make...

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    Why Computers Will Never Write Good Novels

    You’ve been hoaxed.The hoax seems harmless enough. A few thousand AI researchers have claimed that computers...

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    Digging Deeper Into Holocaust History

    On a trip to Warsaw, Poland, in 2019, Richard Freund confronted the history of resistance against...