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Elon Musk made history launching a car into space. Did he make art too?

An investigation, with a very official point system<p>There was no shortage of media from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch this week. A computer-rendered animation prepared us all for the spectacle, set to David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” as a kind of galactic music video. Everything was …

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.<p>The discoveries, …

Archaeology

Sex between snow monkeys and sika deer may be 'new behavioural tradition'

Sexual interactions between snow monkeys and sika deer could be a new behavioural tradition within a group of monkeys observed in Japan, researchers have suggested.<p>While the first report of a male Japanese macaque, or snow monkey, and female sika deer taking to each other was revealed earlier this …

There’s so much going on in this breathtaking new Hubble photo you could stare at it for years

NASA has lots and lots of hardware floating around in space, orbiting planets, and cruising around Mars, and when it wants to show off its …

Asteroids

A Twin Peaks Podcast: Damon Lindelof explains it all

We’re still recovering from the two-hour <i>Twin Peaks</i> finale on Sunday. Earlier this week, Dale Cooper himself checked in, as Kyle MacLachlan shared his …

David Simon Doesn’t Want His Pornography Show to Be Sexy

How Simon and his co-creator George Pelecanos crafted The Deuce, a gritty look at New York’s 1970s pornscape.<p>Characters on <i>The Deuce</i> spend a lot of time counting bills. The new HBO series from <b>David Simon</b> and <b>George Pelecanos</b> portrays a world backed by cash—from a prostitute handing her nightly …

NASA's spectacular flyover video transports you to Pluto

Back in July 2015, NASA's New Horizons probe completed an historic flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. Collecting over 50 gigabits of data during the …

NASA Wants to Make a Mobile Water Factory on the Moon

Water has long been the limiting factor for humans in space. But now, NASA is developing a rover that can make water on the Moon. Such a capability …

Astronomers Are Using Ancient Eclipse Records to Solve a Cosmic Mystery

Babylonian tablets suggest that Earth’s rotation is slowing less than expected.<p>On the morning of April 15, 136 B.C.E., residents of the ancient city of Babylon, in what is now Iraq, experienced quite a sight. An hour and a half after sunrise, the moon moved across the face of the sun, blotting it …

Earth Science

Robert Silverberg: The Philip Roth of the science fiction world

By Michael Dirda<p>, Critic<p>In the early 1950s a teenage Robert Silverberg began to submit stories to science fiction magazines. About this same time the Paris Review was inaugurating its celebrated “Writers at Work” interviews. In a properly run world, Silverberg would by now have been among the …

Science Fiction

Paris Review - James Salter, The Art of Fiction No. 133

Interviewed by Edward Hirsch<p>Issue 127, Summer 1993<p>James Salter is a consummate storyteller. His manners are precise and elegant; he has a splendid New York accent; he runs his hands through his gray hair and laughs boyishly. At sixty-seven he has the fitness of an ex-military man. He tells …

Dolphins recorded having a conversation 'just like two people' for first time

Two dolphins have been recorded having a conversation for the first time after scientists developed an underwater microphone which could distinguish the animals' different "voices".<p>Researchers have known for decades that the mammals had an advanced form of communication, using distinctive clicks …

Oliver Sacks Explains the Biology of Hallucinations: “We See with the Eyes, But with the Brain as Well”

We all understand that hallucination involves seeing things that aren't really there, but what are hallucinations themselves? "They don't seem to be …

The 18 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix that your typical Friday night is probably spent trying to find something to watch, as opposed to actually watching something.<p>The streaming service has a huge, rotating selection of movies both old and new. It is hard to navigate through Netflix's massive library …

Entertainment

Patt Morrison asks: 'The Left Hand of Darkness' author Ursula K. Le Guin

Comic-Con, that massive San Diego convention that spawned an international franchise for fans of sci fi and fantasy comics, films, television and genre books, began in 1970, in the basement of a San Diego hotel. The year before, the singular writer Ursula K. Le Guin had already published the best …

How AMC's 'Halt and Catch Fire' Celebrates Women's Contributions to Computing

Watching the story of two female tech entrepreneurs on TV shouldn’t be surprising—but it is.<p>That’s exactly how <i>Halt and Catch Fire</i>, a two-year-old AMC …

Apollo 12 astronauts brought porn with them while walking on the moon

In November 1969, astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad and Alan Bean rode a lunar lander down to the moon's Ocean of Storms while module pilot Dick Gordon orbited overhead.<p>Conrad and Bean were on their way toward becoming the third and fourth men to walk on the moon, respectively. But their mission, …

Space Exploration

Bang Gang: a modern love story about sex, teens and syphilis

Director Eva Husson spins the bottle with a group of French teens searching for meaning in mindless sex – and explains how she related to their lives<p>In spring 1996, a young teenage boy went to see a local nurse with embarrassing symptoms. He was a resident of Conyers, a quiet upper-middle-class …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about …

Physics

How the Apollo Astronauts Guided Their Ships With a Brilliantly Simple Telescope

One of the most impressive aspects of the Apollo space program was how NASA worked around the limitations in computer power. The smartwatch on your …

Paris Review - Haruki Murakami, The Art of Fiction No. 182

Interviewed by John Wray<p>Issue 170, Summer 2004<p>The author at his jazz club, Peter Cat, in 1978.<p>Haruki Murakami is not only arguably the most experimental Japanese novelist to have been translated into English, he is also the most popular, with sales in the millions worldwide. His greatest novels …

Complacency: The Killer of TV's Golden Age

<i>Samuel Brace on the death of TV’s Golden Age…</i><p>It’s all over.<p>Television’s golden age is, it seems, gone. It’s done. Some will argue that it was never …

The Difficult Journey of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

An untried director, budget cuts, a star killed in the first scene. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan didn't have the makings of a classic. • facebook …

Alien Minds Part III: The Octopus's Garden and the Country of the Blind

In our galaxy, there may be, at least, tens of billions of habitable planets, with conditions suitable for liquid water on their surfaces. There may …

Scientists Finally Know What Stopped Mongol Hordes From Conquering Europe

It's written in the tree rings.<p>In 1206, Genghis Khan, a fierce tribal chieftain from northern Mongolia, began to take over the world. The khan’s …

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Neandertals Built Cave Structures--and No One Knows Why

Neanderthals built one of the world’s oldest constructions—176,000-year-old semicircular walls of stalagmites in the bowels of a cave in southwest …

Take A Virtual Reality Tour Of Pluto

On July 14th, 2015, the <i>New Horizons</i> probe made history as it passed within 12,500 km (7,800 mi) of Pluto, thus making it the first spacecraft to …