Malin Svensson

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Tales of Emasculated Gay Men

I'm always fascinated by how geography and chronology can affect a person's sense of self. In the United States, same-sex marriage has become the law of the land; the LGBT community is now a potent force in national politics, and many people who thought they had been handed a premature death …

Which Generation Owns ‘Star Wars’ Nostalgia?

Who are the OG fans—the boomers who took their Gen X kids to see it in theaters? The millennials who remember the 1997 re-release? Or do we all get …

Engineers Combine Biological Energy-Harvesting with Electronic Circuits

The future promises bomb-sniffing dogs on a chip and so much more.<p>Engineers at Columbia University have, for the first time, successfully plugged an electronic circuit into a biological energy-harvesting system constructed only from raw molecular materials. The advance, described Monday in Nature …

Thanks To These Colorful Condoms, You Can Now Have Art Inside You

When johnny bags become canvas ...<p><i>Warning: This post contains images of erect ancient sculptures and may be inappropriate for work.</i><p>Raise your hand if you've ever heard a dude say he doesn't like to wear condoms. Something about the flesh-colored sacks being so aesthetically dull they just kill the …

Art

Free Things to Do in Berlin

More than a quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German capital is experiencing a cultural renaissance. But the new energy hasn’t eclipsed the city’s tumultuous past, and monuments to both are accessible to visitors on a budget.<p>More than a quarter century after the fall of the …

Germany

How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

This technology may change the way we think of some of the world's most challenging diseases.<p>Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of the world's most intractable diseases.<p>Sickle-cell anemia, …

Genetics

The dystopian First Contact/alien abduction sf story hidden in the Thanksgiving tale

When you look at the Thanksgiving story from Squanto's point of view, it's a pretty depressing science fiction story about minding your business …

How to Make Mulled Wine Even Better

<i>When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Marta, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits -- and showing us the best ways to drink them.</i><p><i>Today: How do you make mulled wine even better? Just add booze.</i><p>Sommeliers in the shmanciest restaurants use a saying …

Slow Cookers

Noam Chomsky industry continues with Requiem for the American Dream

It's tricky to write about a documentary like <i>Requiem for the American Dream.</i> For one, it's not a conventional documentary, exactly. It's more of a long-form conversation – or series of conversations – with American philosopher, linguist and social activist Noam Chomsky. If it's documenting …

Betrayals of trust helped the rapid spread of human species around the world

New research by an archaeologist at the University of York suggests that betrayals of trust were the missing link in understanding the rapid spread …

Archaeology

Deus Sex Machina: The Ethics Of Robot Love

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it “illegal” …

Artificial Intelligence

A Prehistoric Murder Mystery: Earth's Worst Mass Extinctions

<i>Paul Wignall is the author of "</i>The Worst of Times: How Life on Earth Survived Eighty Million Years of Extinctions<i>" (Princeton University Press). He</i> …

Tchaikovsky on Depression and Finding Beauty Amid the Wreckage of the Soul

“Life is beautiful in spite of everything! … There are many thorns, but the roses are there too.”<p><i>“An artist needs a certain amount of turmoil and confusion,”</i> Joni Mitchell once told an interviewer. Indeed, the history of the arts is the history of the complex relationship between creativity and …

Literature

‘Anomalisa’: Charlie Kaufman’s Existential Masterpiece Is Animated Film of the Year

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind architect cuts again into the agony and absurdity of being alive. Come for the R-rated puppet sex, stay for …

Animation

Could Depression Be Caused By An Infection?

Sometime around 1907, well before the modern randomized clinical trial was routine, American psychiatrist Henry Cotton began removing decaying teeth from his patients in hopes of curing their mental disorders. If that didn't work, he moved on to more invasive excisions: tonsils, testicles, ovaries …

Depression

Scientist who found new human species accused of playing fast and loose with the truth

The palaeontologist whose team found Homo naledi has been criticised for rushing his findings and making basic errors<p>It remains one of the most dramatic human fossil finds of recent years. In 2013, in a tiny, cramped chamber in the Rising Star cave near Johannesburg, researchers led by …

Peer Review

Supper with the Psychedelic Society – tales of therapy, poetry and ayahuasca

Speakers at an event in north London describe their positive experiences of drugs such as psilocybin and LSD, part of a wider resurgence<p>Amid an abundance of food and drink, flickering candles and a heady air of altered states,100 or so people in north London’s New Unity church watched John, a …

Psychedelia

How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

If you watch the film <i>The Martian,</i> you'll see Hollywood explosions and special effects galore, but you'll also see some serious science.<p>Actor Matt Damon, who plays stranded astronaut Mark Watney, must calculate his way through food shortages, Martian road trips and other misadventures as he fights …

Love Stories

Banned Books

<i>Are you reading something you shouldn’t? Says who? A new photo series by photojournalist Kimberly Butler reveals how to see these #BannedBooks in a new light.</i><p>The genesis of an idea. As this project started to take shape, people began asking, “How did you come up with this idea?” I never really gave …

When can you see Earth’s shadow?

Like all worlds orbiting suns, our planet Earth casts a shadow. Here are some times to look for it.<p>Like all worlds orbiting a sun, Earth casts a …

Astronomy

Why women don't win science book prizes

From the pictures on her bedroom walls to the gender imbalance of her university teachers and book reviewers, sexism is everywhere for the female scientist<p>You can usually tell the sex of a baby being pushed in a pram. If it’s wearing a colourful outfit decorated with charismatic animals, it’s …

Literary Prizes

Why is the scientific revolution still controversial? podcast

Why did the scientific revolution come about when it did? Why could previous generations not make the great strides made during the Enlightenment? And why is the scientific revolution still a cause for debate, even today?<p>Ian Sample talks to David Wootton, Anniversary professor of history at the …

Space Travel