Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy? – If babies were randomly allocated to families would racism end? – For $999, Veritas Genetics Will Put Your Genome on a Smartphone App – Spacecraft finds “magic island” in hydrocarbon seas of Titan – How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon – Finding hope in Parkinson’s disease treatments – Can Nicotine Be Good for You? – Five myths about heroin – What Aging Parents Want From Their Kids – These researchers tracked Banksy like a serial killer to reveal his identity – Is Amy Tan actually ‘thrilled’ a leech is named after her? – What Death Row Inmates Say in Their Last Words
New Critique Sees Flaws in Landmark Analysis of Psychology Studies – Can very small doses of LSD make you a better worker? – The Disturbing Truth About How Ecstasy Affects the Brain – AI & The Future Of Civilization – How we lost the moon – When Biology Meets Ideology – Female genital cutting: Harm, human rights and the possibility of a sex-neutral approach – YOUR BRAIN AS YOU AGE – BOYS LIKE THE GIRLS – Toward an Understanding of Zika’s Neurological Dangers – Why Are Some Doctors Arguing for a Return to Dangerous, Exhausting Work Hours? – A New Way to Trick the Brain and Beat Jet Lag – Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist – Families of Choice Are Remaking America
Stephen Hsu from Nautilus on: Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming – Genetic engineering will one day create the smartest humans who have ever lived. – Tom Simonite from MIT Technology Review on: Bitcoin Transactions Get Stranded as Cryptocurrency Maxes Out – Bitcoin hit a capacity limit that could hamper dreams of it becoming widely used. – Aeon Videos presents: How the Maths of Network Resilience Could Help Us Preserve At Risk Ecosystems – Dana Goodyear from The New Yorker on: The Stress Test – Rivalries, intrigue, and fraud in the world of stem-cell research. – Elahe Izadi from The Washington Post on: It’s not just sadness. – Happiness can break your heart, too. – Theodora Stoica from knowingneurons on: Digging Out The “Earworms:” Involuntary Musical Imagery Correlates With Cortical Structure
Jeanette Bicknell from Nautilus on: How to Learn to Love to Practice – Rebecca Roache from aeon on: Naughty Words – What makes swear words so offensive? It’s not their meaning or even their sound. Is language itself a red herring here? – Christian Jarret from NYMag’s Science of Us on: Can Neuroscience Explain Why Some People Are Total Pushovers? – Sandeep Ravindran from Smithsonian on: Inner Earth Is Teeming With Exotic Forms of Life – More than a mile below the surface, our planet supports diverse creatures that could give us clues about life across the solar system – Marina Koren from the Atlantic on: What One Year of Space Travel Does to the Human Body – After months aboard the International Space Station, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are coming home.
Tom Simonite from MIT Technology Review on: Conversational Interfaces – Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone. – David Reich from Harvard Medical School via edge: The Genomic Ancient DNA Revolution – A New Way to Investigate the Past. – Luke Hewitt on his [thinking machines]-blog on: Priors and Prejudice in Thinking Machines. – Lydia Lum from the Atlantic on: The Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten. – Bob Tedeschi from STAT on: For loved ones, scattering of ashes becomes a healing journey
Issue #45 – Sniffers of Tuberculosis, When Rats and Dogs Smell Ill – Dumped by Her, The Arrival of the Conscious Machine – Effects of Swatting and Social Media, In A Cyber-Age of Social Destruction – Necessity of Social Media, The Burden of Heidegger’s Twitter Tweet – Outliers