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How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women

The numbers do not lie: women have long been underrepresented on the United States Supreme Court. In the court’s 228-year history, only four of the 112 ju...   [ continue reading...]

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The girl who loves roses

The 17-year-old US artist Panteha Abareshi struggles with sickle cell disease, a chronic pain condition that prevents her from exerting herself physically,...   [ continue reading...]

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American dreaming 3.0

Embrace dreams as a counter to the naive realism of politics today, and they could become a potent democratic forceBy Jennifer Ratner-RosenhagenRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Mushrooms of concrete

‘The bunkers are our cathedral, our scar. They are part of our face.’Enver Hoxha, the communist leader of Albania from 1944 to his death in 1985, le...   [ continue reading...]

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The truth about tarot

Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysisBy James McConnachieRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The Malmedy trial: how the truth trumped fake torture stories

In December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, members of a Nazi SS combat division executed 84 captured GIs near the Belgian town of Malmedy. It was the dea...   [ continue reading...]

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Resist or collaborate?

The Nazis have occupied France. It’s easy to condemn the collaborators. But be honest: what would you really do?By Robert GildeaRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Perspectrum

Perspectrum, made in 1975 by the India-born, Canada-based animator Ishu Patel, is like a gently psychedelic geometry lesson. Colourful squares and rectangles tw...   [ continue reading...]

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Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice

Humans are inquisitive and innovative, with an indisputable talent for problem-solving. So when we read about how polar bears are threatened by melting sea ice,...   [ continue reading...]

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To be happier, focus on what’s within your control

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can,And wisdom to know the difference.This is the Serenity Prayer...   [ continue reading...]

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Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?By Laura SpinneyRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Beast of man

‘There’s a warrior spirit in us.’Located near the small western Oklahoma city of Sayre, the Camp of Champions is an evangelical Christian rode...   [ continue reading...]

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Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

I am one of the few African-American aerospace engineers who helped design the Apollo spaceships that took men to the Moon. My great-grandfather was a slave in...   [ continue reading...]

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Solution to the grandfather paradox

The ‘grandfather paradox’ has long been one of the most popular thought experiments in physics: you travel back in time and murder your grandfather...   [ continue reading...]

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The mathematics of mind-time

The special trick of consciousness is being able to project action and time into a range of possible futuresBy Karl FristonRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The valley rebels

‘These are people, for god’s sake!’An olive farmer by trade, Cédric Herrou became an unlikely lightning rod for the debate around immig...   [ continue reading...]

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What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

One day in 1995, a large, heavy middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smile...   [ continue reading...]

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Sands of time

The North Sea is rich in signs of what made the modern world. It's also a monument to what awaits us in the AnthropoceneBy David FarrierRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges

A previously unknown species – single people – has recently been discovered. First, there was Eric Klinenberg’s book Going Solo: The Extraordi...   [ continue reading...]

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Dispatches from the ruins

In the first two decades of the new millennium, stories of the post-apocalypse have permeated pop culture, from books such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (...   [ continue reading...]

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