Bookmarks (576)

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    Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Panpsychists look at the many rungs on the complexity ladder of nature and see no obvious...

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    What Misspellings Reveal About Cultural Evolution - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Stable cultural forms do not have to result from close replication; they can emerge continuously out...

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    Life Always Wins. Follow Me - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    Japanese cuisine is so varied and refined that it’s hard to happen upon something unpleasant to...

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    The Fine Line Between Reality and Imaginary - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    We all live in two worlds: a world outside of ourselves containing things that others can...

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    The Incredible Fig - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    One of my favorite walkways in the world spans a beautiful fig in the village of...

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    We’re More of Ourselves When We’re in Tune with Others - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    When musicians have chemistry, we can feel it. There’s something special among them that’s missing when...

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    Reports of a Baleful Internet Are Greatly Exaggerated - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    It’s now fashionable, when something has you mildly obsessed, to say that it is “living rent-free...

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    Plants Feel Pain and Might Even See - Issue 104: Harmony - Nautilus

    In 2018, a German newspaper asked me if I would be interested in having a conversation...

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    Here’s the Right Story for Vaccine Holdouts - Issue 103: Healthy Communication - Nautilus

    Blaise Pascal was a renowned French polymath of the 17th century, scientist, philosopher, mathematician, inventor, and...

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    Galileo the Science Publicist - Issue 103: Healthy Communication - Nautilus

    There’s an old belief that truth will always overcome error. Alas, history tells us something different....

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    How to Unlearn a Disease - Issue 103: Healthy Communication - Nautilus

    My father, a neurologist, once had a patient who was tormented, in the most visceral sense,...

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    How to Outwit Evolution - Issue 103: Healthy Communication - Nautilus

    There’s a silent epidemic slowly brewing around the globe. It hasn’t claimed as many lives as...

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    Talking Pop Science with Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    As abstract as it is, physics enriches your life.Image via Sabine Hossenfelder / YouTubeScience without the...

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    Humans Are One Mixed-Up Ape - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    If you look at every ape protein, they have every bone we have, every muscle we...

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    The Planets with the Giant Diamonds Inside - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    On the dark night of March 13, 1781, William Herschel settled down in his garden observatory...

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    T. Rex Was a Slacker - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    In our evolving understanding of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex has acquired a new persona in recent decades....

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    Psychedelics Open a New Window on the Mechanisms of Perception - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    Everything became imbued with a sense of vitality and life and vividness. If I picked up...

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    New Evidence That Therapy Can Make You Happier - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    What are the interventions that are supposed to make us happier? What doesn’t work? And if...

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    What Made Early Humans Smart - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    Talking to Jeremy DeSilva about human evolution was so fun. As was reading his recent book,...

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    The Evolutionary Wonders in the Deep Sea - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    The deep sea is a part of our planet unlike any other. Accounting for over 95...

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    The Human Family Tree, It Turns Out, Is Complicated - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    We’re not the man we used to be. Over the last 20 years, genomics, ancient DNA,...

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    How the Drug Industry Has Exploited Reforms Started in the Fight Against AIDS - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    The push by AIDS activists for an effective treatment was a breakthrough in the medical industry....

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    The Math of Living Things - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    It’s hard to argue with the famously authoritative Oxford English Dictionary, but its definition of physics...

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    The Cancer Custodians - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    Part of Dennis Plenker’s daily job is growing cancer. And a variety of different ones, too.Depending...

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    When a Good Scientist Is the Wrong Source - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    Six weeks ago, a reporter, Nicholas Wade, published what seemed to be a blockbuster story, one...

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    The End of Reductionism Could Be Nigh. Or Not. - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Quantum mechanics seems to have a problem with the order of time, which might signal the...

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    The History of Locker-Room Talk - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    When I first posted on social media about my new book, Father Figure: How to Be...

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    Is the Universe Open-Ended? - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    One of my favorite albeit heavily paraphrased quotes from Albert Einstein is his assertion that the...

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    My 3 Greatest Revelations - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    1 The “Dataome” Is HugeThe dataome is shorthand to describe all of the externalized information we generate...

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    My Lab Uses Ultrasound to Stimulate Unconscious Patients - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Ultrasound can be a neuromodulator—to increase or decrease the likelihood that neurons will fire. Exactly how...

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    Our Little Life Is Rounded with Possibility - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    If you could soar high in the sky, as red kites often do in search of...

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    Data Crunchers to the Rescue - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    The boy was only a month old but had developed the amount of health problems that...

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    Do You Want AI to Be Conscious? - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    People often ask me whether human-level artificial intelligence will eventually become conscious. My response is: Do...

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    We Already Know How to Stop SolarWinds-Like Hacks - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Orion, a SolarWinds product, was designed to monitor the users’ networks to make sure they were...

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    The “Lab Leak”: It’s Not Enough to Say Accidents Happen - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    So far no one has come up with any clear account of how a coronavirus escaped...

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    If Only 19th-Century America Had Listened to a Woman Scientist - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Human-induced climate change may seem a purely modern phenomenon. Even in ancient Greece, however, people understood...

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    How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    The science you can come across today can often appear to be full of contradictory claims....

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    Tarzan Wasn’t for Her - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Elaine Morgan had sass. In Descent of Woman, published in 1972, she asked her readers to...

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    How Taboos Can Help Protect the Oceans - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    In 1777—after whipping local people for trivial offenses, spreading venereal disease, and clumsily avoiding a plot...

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    Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    I can’t see them. Therefore they’re not real.” From which century was this quote drawn? Not...

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    Are We Cut Out for Universal Morality? - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Footage of a mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to subvert...

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    The English Professor Who Foresaw Modern Neuroscience - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    In the 21st century, neuroscience has been able to extend our understanding of the brain beyond...

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    The Man Who Drank Cholera and Launched the Yogurt Craze - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    When Ilya Metchnikoff was 8 and running around on his parents’ Panassovka estate in Little Russia,...

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    Science Isn’t Here for Your Mommy Shaming - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    A few years ago, Time magazine published an article titled, “Cell-Phone Distracted Parenting Can Have Long...

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    Should We Terraform Mars? Let’s Recap - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    It seemed inevitable that Elon Musk would eventually get into a Twitter war over whether Mars...

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    The Profound Potential of Elon Musk’s New Rocket - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    In the late afternoon of May 5, SpaceX’s Elon Musk tweeted, “Starship landing nominal!” Musk is...

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    The Country Gentleman of Physics - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Julian Barbour’s obsession with time began on Oct. 18, 1963. The 26-year-old Cambridge graduate in mathematics...

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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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    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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    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...