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The Supervolcano Under Yellowstone Is Alive and Kicking - Facts So Romantic

The wind shifts. The stench of rotten eggs makes it nearly impossible to breathe and the hot fog clouds my view. I hold my breath and close my eyes, imagining t...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Defuse Offensive Speech - Facts So Romantic

The claim that speech can be violence is dangerous, it is argued, because it exacerbates the emotional vulnerability that’s already rampant in the “...   [ continue reading...]

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The Case for More Science and Philosophy Books for Children - Facts So Romantic

If we, as a society, were serious about our children, then children’s education—especially for those beginning “the age of reason”&mdash...   [ continue reading...]

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How Do You Say “Life” in Physics? - Issue 50: Emergence

“To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations (1953) Jeremy England is concerned...   [ continue reading...]

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Should You Feed Your Kid Probiotics? - Issue 50: Emergence

Read our interview with article coauthor, Jack Gilbert, director of the Microbiome Institute.Probiotics have been around for centuries. They form part of our an...   [ continue reading...]

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The Strange Similarity of Neuron and Galaxy Networks - Issue 50: Emergence

Christof Koch, a leading researcher on consciousness and the human brain, has famously called the brain “the most complex object in the known universe.&rd...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Hear Like a Champion Birder - Issue 50: Emergence

On a recent rainy morning in Brooklyn, Tom Stephenson, smiling and serious, dressed in khaki quick dry and a baseball cap with a Cerulean warbler insignia, step...   [ continue reading...]

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This Man’s Immune System Got a Cancer-killing Update - Facts So Romantic

William Ludwig was almost dead when he became Patient Number One in a radical new cancer treatment, one that’s just won the endorsement of F.D.A. advisors...   [ continue reading...]

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Where Did Time Come From, and Why Does It Seem to Flow? - Facts So Romantic

We say a river flows because it moves through space with respect to time. But time can’t move with respect to time—time is time.Image by violscraper...   [ continue reading...]

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How I Coaxed a Western Medicine Skeptic to Get a Biopsy - Facts So Romantic

Calculated humility in a physician may be the difference between life and death.Photograph by Tonhom1009 / ShutterstockAlthough I have lived the majority of my...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Refuses to Die - Facts So Romantic

If you want to investigate what could attack the Red Spot and make it disappear, you not only have to worry about what’s attacking the kinetic energy, lik...   [ continue reading...]

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The Fly in the Primordial Soup - Issue 50: Emergence

I arrived on the second day of creation. Laurie Barge had invited me to spend the day in her lab, modeling the origin of life. She is a research scientist at NA...   [ continue reading...]

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Ingenious: Jack Gilbert - Issue 50: Emergence

When I ask Jack Gilbert about the future of medicine, he tells me what he recommends to his graduate students before they head into surgery, “When you go...   [ continue reading...]

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How We Really Tamed the Dog - Issue 50: Emergence

Suppose you wanted to build the perfect dog from scratch. What would be the key ingredients in the recipe? Loyalty and smarts would be musts. Cuteness would be...   [ continue reading...]

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Why New York Is Just an Average City - Issue 50: Emergence

How rich, creative, or safe can we expect a city to be? How can we establish which cities are the most innovative, the most violent, or the most effective at ge...   [ continue reading...]

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I Built a Stable Planetary System with 416 Planets in the Habitable Zone - Facts So Romantic

Photograph by Kevin Dooley / FlickrWhen Frank Drake was a boy, growing up in 1930s Chicago, his parents, observant Baptists, enrolled him in Sunday School. By t...   [ continue reading...]

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What Medicine Is Learning from Animals That Resist Cancer - Facts So Romantic

Beating cancer might come from animals that evolved defenses against it.Photograph by Patrick Bouquet / FlickrIn recent years, naked mole rats, elephants, and b...   [ continue reading...]

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How to Weed Creationism Out of Schools - Facts So Romantic

A 2008 nationally representative survey of U.S. high school biology teachers found that nearly half of the responders agreed or strongly agreed that creationism...   [ continue reading...]

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The Most Important Object In Computer Graphics History Is This Teapot - Facts So Romantic

Let’s play a game. I’ll show you a picture and a couple videos—just watch the first five seconds or so—and you figure out what they...   [ continue reading...]

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Why You Need Emoji - Issue 50: Emergence

The use of emojis has become a global phenomenon. By 2015, over 6 billion emojis1 were being sent every day by over 90 percent of the world’s online popul...   [ continue reading...]

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