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"Breeding" Schrödinger's Cat Could Unlock the Boundary Between the Quantum and Classical Worlds

Here's a sentence that's just as exciting as it is nonsensical: physicists are figuring out how to "breed" larger versions of Schrödinger's cat. …

5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Physics

Monogamy’s the Norm in the US, But Why?

The sexual revolution of the 1960s, while great for unraveling oppressive attitudes towards sex and relationships, did little to budge monogamy from …

The End of the Universe as We Know It

What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice crystals, forming strange patterns on the glass. You might see something like the image …

What America Stood For

"Where people are desperate, it is still America they count on, whether they love or scorn it, and America they blame when aid does not come."<p>After Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election in November, a foreign ambassador accosted one of my deputies at the State Department, where …

Political Science

Homo Faber | Lewis H. Lapham

Listen to an audio version of this essay read by Lewis Lapham.<p><i>Evolution has arranged that we take pleasure in understanding—those who understand are</i> …

Living and Loving Through Loss: Beautiful Letters of Consolation from Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Words of comfort and compassion from Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Alan Turing, Johannes Brahms, and Charles Dickens.<p><i>“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her classic memoir of loss. But however uncertain its guise may …

The Appeal of Trumpism to Traditionalists

The work of David Gelernter helps explain why some intellectuals are attracted to the president’s authoritarian populism.<p>David Gelernter is an innovator in parallel computing, a prolific writer on religion and culture, a talented artist—and one of two apparent finalists for the job of science …

Red Sea

The Radical Thrill of Intimacy

Becoming close to another person is one of the most thrilling experiences in the human repertoire, both the bedrock of emotional security and a …

No easy answers: why left-wing economics is not the answer to right-wing populism

On November 20, less than two weeks after Donald Trump’s upset win, Bernie Sanders strode onto a stage at Boston’s Berklee Performance Center to give the sold-out audience his thoughts on what had gone so disastrously wrong for the Democratic Party.<p>Sanders had a simple answer. Democrats, he said, …

Middle-class

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs<p>“I remember looking at her and thinking, ‘She’s totally lying.’ At the same time, I remember something in my mind saying, ‘And that doesn’t matter.’” For Daniel Shaw, believing the words of the guru he had spent years devoted to wasn’t blind …

Journalism

The Trump presidency is systematically destroying any global moral high ground the US had left

Ahead of US president Donald Trump’s inauguration, there was plenty of handwringing about the potential long-term impact the oft-bankrupt reality show star and political neophyte would have on the US’s democratic systems and the global image of the world’s largest economy.<p>It’s been less than two …

Donald Trump

Breaking Faith

The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.<p>Over the past decade, pollsters charted something remarkable: Americans—long known for their piety—were fleeing organized religion in increasing numbers. The vast majority still believed in God. But the share …

Religion

White terrorism is “different,” says white congressman — and unfortunately, he’s right

<b>Sean Duffy; Dylann Roof (AP/Andrew Harnik/Chuck Burton)</b><p>Onetime reality TV star Rep. Sean Duffy humiliated himself in CNN interview — but in a twisted way, he has a point<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>February 8, 2017 4:30pm (UTC)<p>As I have written about many times, here at Salon and elsewhere, whiteness is the …

Reality TV

The left and the right ignored the extremists and we ended up with Brexit and Trump<p>Three types dominate extremist movements: crazies, cynics and creeps. The true crazies are always at the bottom of the heap. Cynical propagandists stoke their righteous fury, without which the extremist movement …

World Politics

How The Right Co-Opted ‘Fake News’

To Donald Trump and the right, any news or facts they don’t like or disagree with are labeled fake news, leaving us in a world where the truth …

The Incredible Legend of the Black Church

Today, for Black History Month, I’d like to tell you about something that has been long forgotten in the legacy of Africans in America. You may have …

Dear White People, Muhammad Ali Didn’t ‘Transcend Race’

When famous African-American celebrities die, you can bet your bottom dollar that if white folks liked them, the word “transcend” is going to pop up …

Across America, a growing number of people are using this small-scale forum to make their voices heard, drawing comparisons to the Tea Party movement<p>In more than 300 cities and towns in 49 US states this week, citizens unhappy with the Trump administration flooded to congressional town halls and …

Tea Party

Total resistance or selective engagement? Economist Gerald Epstein on how progressives should counter Trumponomics

Fascism, crony capitalism or Reaganomics reborn? Progressive economist says Trump blends them all in a toxic stew<p>Among progressives, the immediate response to Donald Trump’s election was conflicted. Some rejected him completely, and others — most notably Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — …

The other right-wing tidal wave sweeping America: Federal and state preemption of local progressive laws

State laws are overstepping local laws in seven key areas<p>Last week, the National League of Cities released a report tracking an outbreak of state laws stepping on and nullifying local progressive laws and policies across the country. The picture it paints in seven key areas is shocking to anyone …

The great majority of violent crime in America goes unsolved

If Trump wants to stop crime in the US, these are the numbers that should worry him.<p>If President Donald Trump really wants to stop “the cycle of violence” in America, there is a series of statistics in criminal justice that should really, really worry him.<p>The figures, from a new Pew Research Center …

Angst in the Church of America the Redeemer

Worshippers belive that America’s transgressions, unlike those of other countries, don’t count against it<p>Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a major American newspaper has got to be one of the toughest and …

The Future Of The Democratic Party, According To ‘The Establishment’

This is the fourth and final episode of “Party Time,” a mini-series from FiveThirtyEight’s Politics podcast examining where the two major political …

Where Countries Stand With Donald Trump: A Crib Sheet

The American president tells the man behind a brutal anti-drug campaign that he is doing a “great job.”<p>In April, while recruiting allies against North Korea, Donald Trump reportedly applauded a vicious war against drugs that has resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. “I …

Donald Trump

The Best Rapper Alive, Every Year Since 1979

Rap fans tend to get into arguments with other rap fans, and it doesn't take much more than someone declaring their Favorite Rapper. Your favorite …

The Coldhearted Folly of Trump's Proposed Immigration Order

The countries likely affected are not those whose nationals have actually perpetrated the most ghastly attacks on Western targets.<p>When I first started talking to ISIS propagandists and supporters, I was much impressed by one of their favorite Koranic verses: “We have already created man and know …

Middle East

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.<p>Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life.<p>Last week, a few days before …

Donald Trump

Birtherism and America’s history of white supremacy: What we can’t let ourselves forget about Donald Trump

In a web exclusive, Bill Moyers and four historians discuss the big lie behind the rise of Trump<p>In this web exclusive, Bill Moyers and four historians dissect the big lie Trump rode to power: the birther lie. Nell Painter, historian and Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton …

Was Obama a Transformational President?

His most ardent supporters like to think he fundamentally changed the country. But his record shows otherwise.<p>For weeks now, the impending departure of Barack Obama from the White House has inspired a run of paeans to his greatness, a flood of laments about how much he’ll be missed. Everywhere …

Political Science