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How to Give Mars an Atmosphere, Maybe - Facts So Romantic

The plan for an artificial Martian magnetosphere may sound “fanciful,” but researchers say that emerging research is starting to show that a miniatu...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Tell If You’re a Jerk - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Here’s something you probably didn’t do this morning: Look in the mirror and ask, am I a jerk? It seems like a reasonable question. There are, presu...   [ continue reading...]

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Andy Weir Visits the Moon - Issue 54: The Unspoken

World building is the best part of writing,” Andy Weir tells me. The software engineer turned writer is getting his practice in. In his 2011 novel The Mar...   [ continue reading...]

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The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence - Issue 54: The Unspoken

“[[[When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people [to dissolve the political bands [which have connected them with another]] and...   [ continue reading...]

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When Mollusks Fall in Love - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Outside of gothic works of fiction set in Transylvania, we rarely read of enduring friendships that have been initiated by a bite. But that is exactly how natur...   [ continue reading...]

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire - Facts So Romantic

Byzantine military inventors perfected Greek Fire, a combustible liquid like napalm that could be hurled at enemy ships (or lobbed against land armies as hand g...   [ continue reading...]

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The Prison Guard with a Gift for Cracking Gang Codes - Facts So Romantic

Former correction officer Gary Klivans doesn’t want to be photographed more clearly for fear of gang retaliation.Gary KlivansAs a corrections officer at a...   [ continue reading...]

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What Tech Can Learn from the Fruit Fly’s Search Algorithm - Facts So Romantic

Scientists are starting to understand that search powers much of the natural world, too.Image by Intelligent Product Solutions / YouTubeAsk, and it shall be giv...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Beauty Is Not Universal - Facts So Romantic

We’re all human—so despite the vagaries of cultural context, might there exist a universal beauty that overrides the where and when? Might there be...   [ continue reading...]

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Is There Beer in Space? - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Space is a cold and barren place. Nothing can exist there, nothing!” Ludwig Von Drake, an obscure uncle of Donald Duck and a professor of astronomy, is si...   [ continue reading...]

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Physics Has Demoted Mass - Issue 54: The Unspoken

You’re sitting here, reading this article. Maybe it’s a hard copy, or an e-book on a tablet computer or e-reader. It doesn’t matter. Whatever...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Teach Science with Sugar and Cream - Issue 54: The Unspoken

During July’s heat wave, as the Larsen C iceberg began its ocean journey, an ice cream “support session” convened in Manhattan. A classroom of...   [ continue reading...]

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Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, som...   [ continue reading...]

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This Will Help You Grasp the Sizes of Things in the Universe - Facts So Romantic

In The Zoomable Universe, Scharf puts the notion of scale—in biology and physics—center-stage. “The start of your journey through this book an...   [ continue reading...]

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Make the Cosmic Perspective Your Next Coping Mechanism - Facts So Romantic

Contemplating cosmic history isn’t alienating; it’s affirming.PexelsI am often asked how I cope with the vast and seemingly incomprehensible abyss b...   [ continue reading...]

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7 Major Experiments That Still Haven’t Found What They’re Looking For - Facts So Romantic

Being an experimental scientist can sometimes seem like a thankless task. You may be used to reading headlines about experiments that end up making great discov...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Einstein Just Got Ranked as History’s Greatest Hero - Facts So Romantic

It’s heartening to see a scientist be so admired cross-culturally. Maybe humanity—for all its tribalism and sectarianism—is united, at least,...   [ continue reading...]

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Ice Fishing for Neutrinos - Issue 54: The Unspoken

One afternoon in February 2000, after a long day’s drilling, Bruce Koci and I sat together on the sand in the volcanic crater on the 19,000-foot summit of...   [ continue reading...]

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Ideology Is the Original Augmented Reality - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Released in July 2016, Pokémon Go is a location-based, augmented-reality game for mobile devices, typically played on mobile phones; players use the devi...   [ continue reading...]

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The Trouble With Scientists - Issue 54: The Unspoken

Sometimes it seems surprising that science functions at all. In 2005, medical science was shaken by a paper with the provocative title “Why most published...   [ continue reading...]

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