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Loyalty Nearly Killed My Beehive - Issue 52: The Hive

Some time ago I read a short story by Roald Dahl called “Royal Jelly.” It’s the tale of a father desperately searching for ways to save his ma...   [ continue reading...]

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Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will - Issue 52: The Hive

It’s not that James Williams, a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute’s Digital Ethics Lab (motto: “Every Bit as Good”), h...   [ continue reading...]

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The Perils of Letting Machines into the Hive Mind - Issue 52: The Hive

In the preface to Saint Joan, his play about Joan of Arc, the teenager whose visions of saints and archangels stirred soldiers into battle early in the 15th cen...   [ continue reading...]

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Manhattan’s God of Insects - Issue 52: The Hive

The corpse-colored door hides in plain sight among SoHo’s posh boutiques. I pass by it at first, missing the “107 Spring” address plaque in ta...   [ continue reading...]

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Why We Need More Intellectually Promiscuous Scientists - Facts So Romantic

Inventions in one discipline can build on—and spur—basic research in many others, often unwittingly. Photograph by Adam Baker / FlickrWhen Thomas St...   [ continue reading...]

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This Crystal Mimics Learning and Forgetting - Facts So Romantic

You don’t need a brain to learn. Slime molds, for example, solve mazes and navigate obstacles—all without a single neuron. Information about their e...   [ continue reading...]

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Alienation Is Killing Americans and Japanese - Facts So Romantic

Almost a quarter of Japanese men and a tenth of Japanese women over age 60 say there is not a single person they could rely on in difficult times. The American...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Hasn’t Evolution Made Another Platypus? - Issue 52: The Hive

Snuffling through the underbrush, the shaggy little creature wanders through the sylvan night, sticking its nose in one place, then another, seeking the aroma o...   [ continue reading...]

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Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 52: The Hive

From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. W...   [ continue reading...]

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A Letter to Einstein from the Future - Issue 52: The Hive

We don’t believe in time travel, and we’re not into mysticism. But what if we could write a letter to Albert Einstein to tell him about gravity and...   [ continue reading...]

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Your Next New Best Friend Might Be a Robot - Issue 52: The Hive

One night in late July 2014, a journalist from the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed a 17-year-old Chinese girl named Xiaoice (pronounced Shao-ice)....   [ continue reading...]

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Why Cassini Is Ending Its Life with a Kamikaze Plunge - Facts So Romantic

“‘Are we alone? ‘Is there other life in the solar system?’ We want the real answer, not the ‘oops’ answer.”Photograph...   [ continue reading...]

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Why It’s Good to Be Curious About Insects - Facts So Romantic

“Insects outnumber us and they outweigh us. It’s basically their planet.”Photograph by OakleyOriginals / FlickrOne of the best jokes May Beren...   [ continue reading...]

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The Jazz Pianist Vijay Iyer Played “Remembrance” for Us on 9/11 - Facts So Romantic

Iyer analyzes the morphology of jazz with the precision of a scientist.Photograph by Bruno Bollaert / FlickrWhen we visited Vijay Iyer three years ago, on Sept....   [ continue reading...]

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How Hurricanes Turn Nature Upside Down - Facts So Romantic

When hurricanes tear apart cityscapes and shorelines, and humans rebuild them, the biosphere twists and turns, shuffling the ecological deck.“The Garden o...   [ continue reading...]

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A Simple Visual Proof of a Powerful Idea in Graph Theory - Facts So Romantic

Ramsey’s theorem predicts a surprising (and useful) consistency in the organization of graphs. Here’s a simple visual proof of how it works.Image by...   [ continue reading...]

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The Moon Is Full of Money - Issue 52: The Hive

I was slung in my favorite deck chair, drink in hand, having a gawk at the night sky. Andromeda, Pisces ... I trawled the constellations, mind abandoned, still...   [ continue reading...]

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What the Meadow Teaches Us - Issue 52: The Hive

Anyone who believes that life is a battlefield full of individual warriors should go out into the meadows on a spring night. There, you can learn that the biosp...   [ continue reading...]

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How We Cope with the End of Nature - Issue 52: The Hive

Solastalgia is the definitive disease of the 21st century but only a few even know its name. The symptoms include an underlying sense of loss, a vague sensation...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Choose Wisely - Issue 52: The Hive

Sparkling or still water? Organic or conventional avocados? Four stars or three-and-a-half? The modern world sets loose upon us a barrage of choice in the consu...   [ continue reading...]

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