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Astronomers find 'comet's tail' trailing Neptune-sized exoplanet

They call it "the Behemoth." Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that a red dwarf star is boiling off the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized exoplanet, causing it to form an enormous cloud that surrounds and trails the planet like a comet's tail.<p>The atmosphere, described in …

Amazon's 'pay-per-page' plan could alter writing as well as royalties

The retail giant’s new way of calculating payments for Kindle book loans has worrying implications for how literature is read – and how it’s written<p>This week’s stories about Amazon’s new payment method – “Pay-per-page: Amazon to align payment with how much customers read” was the headline here – …

How important is Milan Kundera today?

On the first page of Milan Kundera’s new novel published in France last year when its author was 85 a man is walking down a Parisian street in June, just as “the morning sun was emerging from the clouds”. His name is Alain. We don’t know his age, or what he looks like, but we know that he is an …

Literature

Has One of Your Teachers Ever Tried to Teach You Fake Science?

Science education has always been political. School boards sometimes order teachers to instruct their students that evolution is "just one theory," …

School Administration

In the Brain, Memories Are Inextricably Tied to Place

A manmade virus that acts like “a remote control” for neurons helped psychologists research the connection.<p>It’s no coincidence that, when recalling a tragedy, we ask where someone was: <i>“Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?”</i><p>Psychologists hypothesize that we lock in that memory by linking …

How the Web Became Our 'External Brain,' and What It Means for Our Kids

Recently, my two-year-old nephew Benjamin came across a copy of <i>Vanity Fair</i> abandoned on the floor. His eyes scanned the glossy cover, which shone …

The Beginner's Guide to Getting Better Sleep

18 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>On February 13, 1972, Michel Siffre climbed into a cave in southwest Texas. It would be six months before he saw daylight again.<p>Siffre was a French scientist and a pioneer in chronobiology, which is the study of biological …

Immune System

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

“David Bowie Is,” the extensive retrospective exhibit of the artist and his fabulous costumes, hit Toronto last Friday (see our post from earlier …