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Why New Antibiotics Are So Hard to Find - Issue 60: Searches

An 86-year-old patient arrives with a grisly foot injury.1 It’s badly infected—not a surprise, given his chronic untreated Type 2 diabetes. What is...   [ continue reading...]

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Are Suicide Bombings Really Driven by Ideology? - Issue 60: Searches

Harvey Whitehouse doesn’t like how New Atheists like Richard Dawkins make religion out to be a mere “set of propositions” amounting to a &ldqu...   [ continue reading...]

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Lavatory Laboratory - Issue 60: Searches

Our humble toilet has shaped civilization. Starting in 19th-century Britain, it spread throughout the industrialized world, eliminated recurring cholera epidemi...   [ continue reading...]

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The Case Against Geniuses - Facts So Romantic

The notion of genius as a capability a person can possess has come under attack recently in several ways.Pxhere / Public DomainOnce you’re called a &ldquo...   [ continue reading...]

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Forget “Earth-Like”—We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets - Facts So Romantic

Artist’s conception of a hot Eyeball planet. The permanent day side is sun-baked and dry. The permanent night side is covered with ice. In between lies a...   [ continue reading...]

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What’s Worse: Unwanted Mutations or Unwanted Humans? - Facts So Romantic

Three of the rare Przewalski’s horses that now roam the area near the Chernobyl nuclear plant.Photograph by Sergey GaschakAfter a fatal series of errors a...   [ continue reading...]

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Are Healthcare Metrics Hurting Healthcare? - Facts So Romantic

Performance metrics are supposed to financially incentivize hospitals to improve the healthcare system. And this is exactly where the trouble starts. The list o...   [ continue reading...]

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How NASA’s Mission to Pluto Was Nearly Lost - Issue 60: Searches

On the Saturday afternoon of July 4, 2015, NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission leader Alan Stern was in his office near the project Mission Control Center,...   [ continue reading...]

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The Popular Creation Story of Astronomy Is Wrong - Issue 60: Searches

In the early years of the 17th century, Johannes Kepler argued that the universe contained thousands of mighty bodies, bodies so huge that they could be univers...   [ continue reading...]

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My Own Personal Nothingness - Issue 60: Searches

“Nothing will come of nothing.”(William Shakespeare, King Lear) “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and...   [ continue reading...]

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5 Things That Sound, Move, or Smell Like a Nuclear Explosion - Facts So Romantic

The Licorne (“Unicorn”) thermonuclear test; Fangataufa, French Polynesia; 1970Photograph courtesy of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organizat...   [ continue reading...]

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How Social Media Exploits Our Moral Emotions - Facts So Romantic

The architecture of social media exploits our sense of right and wrong, reaping profit from the pleasure we feel in expressing righteous outrage.Photograph by K...   [ continue reading...]

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Mumbling Isn’t a Sign of Laziness—It’s a Clever Data-Compression Trick - Facts So Romantic

Far from being a symptom of linguistic indifference or moral decay, mumbling displays an underlying logic similar to the data-compression schemes that are used...   [ continue reading...]

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Will Robot Surgeons Ever Be Creative? - Facts So Romantic

The idea that a surgical robot could ever substitute for the real thing is “a real stretch,” says Ken Goldberg, a distinguished U.C. Berkeley roboti...   [ continue reading...]

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Dear iPhone—It Was Just Physical, and Now It’s Over - Facts So Romantic

I can’t count the number of times I pulled out my phone just for the feeling of unlocking the screen and swiping through applications, whether out of comf...   [ continue reading...]

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The Deep Time of Walden Pond - Issue 60: Searches

A careful reading of Walden; or, Life in the Woods makes it clear that Thoreau never intended his cabin to be a solitary hermitage, although fans and detractors...   [ continue reading...]

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Explaining the Unexplainable - Issue 60: Searches

During the Enlightenment, the French philosopher Voltaire called superstition a “mad daughter” and likened it to astrology. The leading thinkers of...   [ continue reading...]

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How Posture Makes Us Human - Issue 60: Searches

The very notion of what in the ancient world defines the human being in contrast to all other living things is simple: upright posture. Best known of the ancien...   [ continue reading...]

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Here’s What We’ll Do in Space by 2118 - Facts So Romantic

In a mere 60 years, we of Earth have gone from launching our first spacecraft, to exploring every planet and major moon in our solar system, to establishing an...   [ continue reading...]

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How You Can Be a Less Politically Polarizing Person - Facts So Romantic

Partisanship doesn’t just affect moral and perceptual judgments—even cold, quantitative reasoning can’t escape its pull. A 2013 study showed t...   [ continue reading...]

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