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Einstein’s famous theory of general relativity turns 100 this year — here’s why it’s still a fundamental part of physics

The famous theory, which Einstein published in 1915, remains the bedrock upon which scientists' understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe rests. It continues to inspire research into some of the most fundamental unanswered questions in physics and astronomy.<p>General relativity "is …

Physics

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

A Most Unlikely Saint

The case for canonizing G. K. Chesterton, the bombastic man of letters and paradoxical militant for God<p>If the Catholic Church makes G. K. Chesterton a saint—as an influential group of Catholics is proposing it should—the story of his enormous coffin may become rather significant. Symbolic, even …

Literature

Who Would Jesus Bomb, and Other Imponderable Questions

A chickenhawk moment so pure it deserves extra attention<p>Over the weekend I mentioned the full-throated endorsement, in a <i>Washington Post</i> op-ed by Joshua Muravchik, for going to war with Iran. In case you wonder whether I'm mischaracterizing it, the actual headline on the article was, "War With Iran …

Political Science

When Oceans Disappear

Mars used to have a body of water bigger than the Arctic Ocean. What happened to it?<p>All over the universe, there are places where oceans used to be. Deep, sparkling, planet-covering oceans that roiled for billions of years and then dried up.<p>For example, a vast body of water larger than the Arctic …

Arctic Ocean

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.<p>J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

Drug Addiction