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What Does Any of This Have To Do with Physics? - Issue 56: Perspective

Have you ever been happy?” My girlfriend asked me that question, after work over drinks at some shiny Manhattan bar, after another stressful day on the tr...   [ continue reading...]

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Antonio Damasio Tells Us Why Pain Is Necessary - Issue 56: Perspective

Following Oliver Sacks, Antonio Damasio may be the neuroscientist whose popular books have done the most to inform readers about the biological machinery in our...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Your Biology Runs on Feelings - Issue 56: Perspective

I have long been interested in human affect—the world of emotions and feelings—and have spent many years investigating it: why and how we emote, fee...   [ continue reading...]

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How My Ecstasy Trip Turned Into a Rare Anxiety Disorder - Facts So Romantic

A week after the concert, when my trip should’ve already been over, I was still seeing things. When I took my contacts out, the lights blurred into vast o...   [ continue reading...]

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Why Hasn’t the World Been Destroyed in a Nuclear War Yet? - Facts So Romantic

In broadest terms, the danger facing the world is that the superpowers have institutionalized a major nuclear showdown.Photograph by U.S. Army Photographic Sign...   [ continue reading...]

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The Antidote to “Black Mirror” Virtual Reality - Facts So Romantic

We will take VR far, in creative and unanticipated ways, but it will also be mundane, contrary to the bleak alarm peddled by Black Mirror.Image courtesy Netflix...   [ continue reading...]

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Your City Has a Gender and It’s Male - Issue 56: Perspective

I have a secret to tell you about my city,” she says. “It has to do with what Eve Ensler calls the feminine cell.” It was the autumn of 2016....   [ continue reading...]

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The Stick Is an Unsung Hero of Human Evolution - Issue 56: Perspective

In April 1997, at the snooker world championship held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Ronnie O’Sullivan stepped up to the table to play a frame in w...   [ continue reading...]

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The Reality of Color Is Perception - Issue 56: Perspective

Philosophers have a bad reputation for casting unwarranted doubt on established facts. Little could be more certain than your belief that the cloudless sky, on...   [ continue reading...]

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The Real Difference Between You and a Plant - Facts So Romantic

The best way to draw the line sounds less biological than poetic: What separates us is the “difference between staying and going,” as Hope Jahren, t...   [ continue reading...]

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To Save Drowning People, Ask Yourself “What Would Light Do?” - Facts So Romantic

Imagine you’re a lifeguard and you see someone struggling to stay afloat. Being a responsible lifeguard, you want to get to them as quickly as possible. Y...   [ continue reading...]

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Can PTSD Be Good for You? - Facts So Romantic

There’s no way to be sure what will traumatize someone, and not everyone exposed to “trauma” develops PTSD.WikicommonsYou might think it insen...   [ continue reading...]

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This Is Why Understanding Space Is So Hard - Facts So Romantic

The overwhelming success of Einstein’s theory was the final blow for Newton’s absolute space—but without absolute space, we continue to strugg...   [ continue reading...]

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What Pigeons Teach Us About Love - Issue 56: Perspective

Last spring I came to know a pair of pigeons. I’d been putting out neighborly sunflower seeds for them and my local Brooklyn house sparrows; typically I l...   [ continue reading...]

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Autistic Prodigies Since “Rain Man” - Issue 56: Perspective

The list of off-the-charts young achievers associated, in retrospect, with Asperger’s syndrome extends a long way back. You may have heard that Bill Gates...   [ continue reading...]

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You’re Descended from Royalty and So Is Everybody Else - Issue 56: Perspective

Charlemagne, Carolingian King of the Franks, Holy Roman Emperor, the great European conciliator; your ancestor. I am making an assumption that you are broadly o...   [ continue reading...]

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The Logic Puzzle You Can Only Solve with Your Brightest Friend - Facts So Romantic

You have to cleverly build “common knowledge” to solve this lethal riddle.WikicommonsYou’ve been caught snooping around a spooky graveyard wit...   [ continue reading...]

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The Data That Threatened to Break Physics - Issue 55: Trust

Antonio Ereditato insists that our interview be carried out through Skype with both cameras on. Just the other side of middle age, his salt-and-pepper hair fram...   [ continue reading...]

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What We Get Wrong About Dying - Issue 55: Trust

My first exposure to the death of a patient came during my third year of medical school, in Israel. It was my first clinical rotation, which happened to be in i...   [ continue reading...]

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Would Twitter Ruin Bee Democracy? - Issue 55: Trust

Did the ancient Athenians invent democracy? Or did bugs have it way earlier than the Greeks? Cornell entomologist Tom Seeley knows which option he’s votin...   [ continue reading...]

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