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Being Sleepy During the Day Could Be a Warning Sign of Alzheimer’s

Researchers know that a condition as complicated as Alzheimer’s can’t be traced to a single or simple cause. Genetic factors contribute to the …

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Humor and Horror: Printed Propaganda during World War I

Propaganda in the form of posters, postcards, and trade cards flourished during World War I due to developments in print technology that had begun in …

Art

How 'Talking' Corpses Were Once Used to Solve Murders

For centuries, oozing wounds were seen as proof of guilt in court—but even in death, women’s testimony was considered less credible than men’s.<p>From unreliable hair analysis to mishandled DNA samples, modern forensic science has seen its share of troubles. But there’s still plenty to be thankful for …

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to ... Interactive Biodegradable Funerary Urns?

Earlier this summer, a modest little startup in Barcelona, Spain, unveiled its newest product — a biodegradable, Internet-connected funeral urn that turns the ashes of departed loved ones into an indoor tree. Just mix the cremains with soil and seedlings, and the digital-age urn will automatically …

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CABINOLOGY

Drinking Wine Is Linked to a Lower Risk of Diabetes

Drinking alcohol—especially wine—every few days may help protect against type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study published in the journal <i>Diabetologia</i>. …

Diabetes

5 Things to Know About Louis Vuitton's New Smartwatch

In the works for over two years, it's shoppable now.<p>Louis Vuitton, a brand known for its luxury suitcases, bags, and accessories, entered the world of high-tech technology earlier this week with a new wristwatch called the Tambour Horizon. The launch of the smartwatch celebrates the 15th …

Archeologists in Mexico Find an Aztec Tower of Skulls

Existence of the edifice has been rumored since the conquest of Hernan Cortes.<p>Archeologists in Mexico City say they’ve discovered part of the long-rumored Huey Tzompantli, a rack of humans skulls believed to measure some 200 feet in diameter. The tower sat on the edge of the Templo Mayor, a temple …

Archaeology

Two Rare Black Bear Attacks Show Rise in Conflict With People

After back-to-back black bear maulings in Alaska, officials warn that knowing how to respond to an attack could mean life or death.<p>The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is still on the hunt for a black bear that mauled and killed 16-year-old Patrick Cooper. Meanwhile, experts recommend caution to …

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New Epic Route Will Connect 17 National Parks

This “Route of Parks” in Chile will ultimately be 1,500 miles long.<p>In 1976, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet ordered the construction of Route 7, an ambitious new roadway that would stretch some 770 miles through Patagonia’s relatively unpopulated lands of southern Chile. This remarkable …

National Parks

CABINOLOGY

Cabin in Longbranch

Jim Olson’s reverence for nature and admiration of the site’s beauty is expressed in the design of this project located on Puget Sound and nestled amidst the towering fir trees of an ancient forest. What began as a 14-foot-square bunk house built in 1959 has morphed through subsequent remodels in …

Tiny Steel Bikes Are Actually Stands for Life-Size Bicycles

Known for putting a smile-inducing spin on overlooked objects, Japanese designer Yuma Kano creates pieces that are both fun and functional. This refreshing approach to industrial design is particularly evident in one of his most recent designs, the <i>On Bicycle Stand—</i>a bike rack that looks like a …

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The Poetic Intimacy Of Administering Anesthesia

According to Audrey Shafer, there is something profound in the moment a patient wakes up from surgery.<p>She would know — she's an anesthesiologist. She's responsible for people when they are at their most vulnerable: unconscious, unable to breathe on their own or even blink their eyes.<p>As a result, …

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The Virtues of Isolation

Under the right circumstances, choosing to spend time alone can be a huge psychological boon.<p>In the ’80s, the Italian journalist and author Tiziano Terzani, after many years of reporting across Asia, holed himself up in a cabin in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. “For a month I had no one to talk to …

Psychology

What An Acid Trip Reveals About How The Brain Creates Meaning

When tripping on acid, people often say that everyday objects become drenched with deep meaning and significance.<p>In <i>The Doors of Perception,</i> Aldous Huxley famously wrote of becoming utterly captivated by the folds in his gray flannel pants during his first-ever psychedelic experience.<p>“I looked down …

Virtual Reality Can Make the Pain of Surgery Easier to Bear

By distracting patients, VR could minimize the cost and risk of operations—and allow doctors to operate on patients outside the hospital.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-old always wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers from hypertension, and doctors warned that the …

Virtual Reality

Why Fractals Are So Soothing

Jackson Pollock’s paintings mirror nature’s patterns, like branching trees, snowflakes, waves—and the structure of the human eye.<p>When Richard Taylor was 10 years old in the early 1970s in England, he chanced upon a catalogue of Jackson Pollock paintings. He was mesmerized, or perhaps a better word …

Brainwaves

Do You Suffer From Illusions Of Moral Superiority?

Do you think you're more honest than the average person? More principled? More fair?<p>If so, you're not alone. Studies consistently find that people think they're morally superior to others: more honest, principled and fair. This is hardly an isolated belief — people also think they're better than …

Psychology

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>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 …

Consciousness

The Best Writing Advice of 2016

Highlights from 12 months of interviews with writers about their craft and the authors they love<p>2016 was not an easy year to be a writer. Not just because of the constant, concentration-wrecking pull of our devices, their glowing screens beckoning with the promise of fresh horrors. I’ve spoken with …

Creative Writing

The surprising ways the body works with the brain to shape our sense of self

On a bitingly cold winter’s day in 2013, a woman whom I’ll call Laurie took me to the terrace of a tall building in a city about two hours west of London, England. Years earlier, she’d tried to jump from the terrace and kill herself.<p>It had been a harrowing time for Laurie. She’d started hearing …

Consciousness

What's Going On In That Monkey's (Or Ape's) Mind?

Here in California we worry a lot about the "Monkey Mind." You know, the noisy thoughts that jump and trip and interrupt your meditation.<p>But what's really going on inside the mind of a monkey?<p>A bunch of my Facebook friends — cognitive scientists, professors, students of the mind, one and all — were …

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Fixing a Broken Theory of Nature

Scientists are trying to tweak a well-known model of ecological change to account for environmental fluctuations.<p>In 2011, the ecologist Ryan Chisholm was looking at tree census data from 12 different forests around the world. More than 4,000 species of trees grew in these places, their numbers …

Princeton University

CABINOLOGY

Piecing Together Time in the ‘Ultimate Brain Puzzle’

A single image in Stephen Wilkes’s “Day to Night” series is composed of an average of 1,500 frames captured by manual shutter clicks over a period of anywhere from 16 to 30 hours. During this process, Wilkes must keep his horizon line straight and maintain continuity, which means keeping his camera …