Agnieszka Brzezanska

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Escape the echo chamber

First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult<i>By C Thi Nguyen</i>Read at Aeon

Critical Thinking

TOO MANY MEN

Atoms may hum a tune from grand cosmic symphony

Researchers playing with a cloud of ultracold atoms uncovered behavior that bears a striking resemblance to the universe in microcosm. Their work, …

Physics

Loving Life Enough to Save It: Biophilia, Bioregional Sensitivity and Cosmopolitan Bioregionalism

You live that your may learn to love.<p>You love that you may learn to live.<p>No other lesson is required [...]<p>The love that singles out a fraction of the …

Spirituality

Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence? - Issue 42: Fakes

Perhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He once pointed out that any sufficiently advanced technology is going to be …

Singularity

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiology

Why Israel Kills

The protests in Gaza, which have left more than twenty Palestinians dead and scores more wounded, have reminded the world of several key facts. …

Israel

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?<p>When did you last touch someone outside your family or intimate relationship? I don’t mean a …

Immune System

Finisaż ZUSTAWY / Stefan Załęski „Do emerytury liczy się każda złotówka!”

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The Mental Life of Plants and Worms, Among Others

The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms: with Observations on Their Habits<p>by Charles Darwin<p>London: John Murray (1881)<p>Jelly-Fish, …

How Do You Know You Are Reading This?

The only thing you know for sure is that you are conscious. All else is inference, however reasonable. There is something in your head that generates …

Consciousness

The Woman Redeemed by Trees - Issue 59: Connections

Real life starts in graduate school. Some mornings in West Lafayette, Patricia Westerford’s luck scares her. Forestry school: Purdue pays her to take …

Forests

Pozostałości najstarszych znanych roślin lądowych znaleziono pod Kielcami

Skamieniałe szczątki roślin znaleziono w miejscowości Zbrza (pow. kielecki) w południowej części Gór Świętokrzyskich. Są to fragmenty bardzo starych, …

When Whales and Humans Talk

Harry Brower Sr. was lying in a hospital bed in Anchorage, Alaska, close to death, when he was visited by a baby whale. Although Brower’s body …

Archaeology

Don’t Panic, But Physicists In Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn’t Exist

Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. Turn on, tune in, and drop …

Quantum Mechanics

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future

From Mary Shelley to Margaret Atwood, feminist science fiction writers have imagined other ways of living that prompt us to ask, could we do things differently?<p>Margaret Atwood’s evergreen dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> is about to become a television drama. Published in 1985, it couldn’t feel …

Books

Innovation Starvation

(A PDF of thisarticle can be purchased through SAGE for your tablet or mobile device.<i>)</i><p><b>By Neal Stephenson</b><p>My lifespan encompasses the era when the …

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities<p>Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense …

Urbanization

Julia Fiedorczuk - Dzikość w mieście (albo tylko hybrydy przeżyją) - Przekrój

W książce <i>Half-Earth</i> (2016) Wilson nie tylko opłakuje los wielu wyniszczonych przez nas gatunków zwierząt i roślin, ale także proponuje, abyśmy …

Decades Before Judy Chicago’s ‘The Dinner Party,’ Virginia Woolf’s Sister Made a Set of Dinner Plates Celebrating 50 Historic Women

On View<p>Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant's proto-feminist masterpiece is on public view for the first time.<p>,<p>A long-lost, groundbreaking work of feminist …

Art

Are the Brains of Transgender People Different from Those of Cisgender People?

Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

LGBTQI

Squeeze Every Drop of Slave’s Blood Out of Ourselves

<i>Editor’s note: this is an edited transcript of Derrick Jensen’s talk, which you can listen to here.</i><i>What does it mean to decolonize my heart and mind,</i> …

Mississippi River

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Microbiology

Shape-shifting ‘4D’ printed objects could pave the way for outer space structures

It takes a lot of money to launch stuff into space — even by NASA terms. The cost ranges from around $9,000 to more than $40,000 per pound. With that sort of price tag, weight and space are at a major premium with shuttle missions, causing NASA to look for innovative new ways to create more compact …

3D Printing

This scientist has edited his own DNA, and the results are mindblowing

There’s a new bunch of kids on the block. They are called biohackers and they’re changing the world. One of them has just edited his own …

Newfound 'organ' had been missed by standard method for visualizing anatomy

Researchers have identified a previously unknown feature of human anatomy with implications for the function of all organs, most tissues and the …

Human Anatomy

Living the Questions

[…] have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and do try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written …

Anachronistic

Power Trip

Two new books explore how psychedelics can change your life<p>Charlotte Shane<p><b>TAO LIN’S EIGHTH BOOK,</b> <i>Trip</i>, is his best yet, and it’s all thanks to drugs. …

Consciousness

Elon Musk is Not the Future

Silicon Valley has no shortage of big ideas for transportation. In their vision of the future, we’ll hail driverless pods to go short distances — we …

Incredible Footage Reveals Details Of Anglerfish's Bizarre Sex Lives

Deep-sea explorers at the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation have captured some of the first-ever footage of an anglerfish's deeply weird sex life, along …

Nature