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Quantum common sense

Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition<i>By Philip Ball</i>Read at Aeon

Quantum Mechanics

The Really Big One

An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.<p>When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology. As the shaking started, everyone in …

Geology

Movies to see between now and New Year's

Now we're cooking. Finally, the fruits of the international film festival circuit are being delivered all over the place, just in time for awards season, formerly known as "winter."<p>Now is the time we learn if the rapturous reception for Bennett Miller's unblinking true-crime drama "Foxcatcher," for …

Filtered water pitchers that can grace a dinner party table

The big guy in the water pitcher-filter market has practically become a common name, like Kleenex. But even Brita's most ardent fans might agree that those plastic containers aren't dinner party elegant.<p>There's a new player hoping to fill that spot:<p>Soma, a glass carafe with a plastic filter that …

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)<p>This is …

Are we free?

<b>“Many have thought that if the physics of our world is deterministic, free will is impossible whatever the details of brain activity prove to be.” ©</b> …

Quantum Mechanics

The New Yorker cartoon editor picks his favorite drawings

Bob Mankoff lives and breathes cartoons. He’s drawn many himself — he’s had a contract with <i>The New Yorker</i> for more than 30 years and, in 1997, he …

The General

An Israeli journalist’s six years of conversation with Ariel Sharon.<p>As far back as I can remember, I remember Arik Sharon. First, he was Arik of the Paratroopers, whose brutal acts of retaliation in the nineteen-fifties, after the War of Independence, exemplified the young Israeli state’s reply to …

Albert Camus on Happiness, Unhappiness, and Our Self-Imposed Prisons

<i>“For the first time in history,”</i> Bertrand Russell asserted in reflecting on the impact of the Industrial Revolution, <i>“it is now possible … to create a world where everybody shall have a reasonable chance of happiness.”</i> Indeed, we’ve pounced on that chance with overzealous want: Ours is a culture so …

Reading List: 6 Stories for the Science-Fiction Newbie

<i>Hilary Armstrong is a literature student at U.C. Santa Barbara and a Longreads intern. She also happens to love science fiction, so she put together</i> …

Proust: The Accidental Buddhist

Buddhism is often called a “science of the mind” because, if it’s true to its eponymous first practitioner, it is less a religion than a training in …

Mobile Money: 10 Things You Need to Know

Mobile Money is a fast-moving space, and a lot happened in 2013. For those of you looking to catch up, here is our list of 10 things you need to know …