Jami Jacobson

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Pick of the week: Noam Chomsky and Michel Gondry, together at last

“Eternal Sunshine” director plus star lefty philosopher equals the weirdest animated film ever<p>How does one explain the fact that a leading figure in analytic philosophy and linguistic theory – abstruse academic fields that are not readily comprehensible to the layperson and have almost no practical …

Incredible Satellite Image of Super Typhoon Haiyan Bearing Down on the Philippines

This unbelievable satellite photograph shows the sheer horrifying magnitude of Typhoon Haiyan, the terrible tropical cyclone that caused unimaginable …

Interactive Coral Reef Panoramas Will Make You Hate Your Landlubbing Life | WIRED

Often described as undersea rainforests, coral reefs are among the most diverse -- and threatened -- of Earth's ecosystems. Rising from the seafloor, …

Why the age of the jetpack may finally be here

After decades of dreams, the idea of flying around on your own machine could soon be upon us, and the first adopters may well use them to save your life.<p>Inside a warehouse in Christchurch, New Zealand, a man is fulfilling a fantasy many of us have had. He is levitating, a few metres above the …

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Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Human Brain Project: Henry Markram plans to spend €1bn building a perfect model of the human brain

Henry Markram tells how his son's autism fired his ambition to unlock the secrets of consciousness by using 'big data' to trace the electronic signals that zing between neurons<p>In a spartan office looking across Lake Geneva to the French Alps, Henry Markram is searching for a suitably big metaphor …

Owen Paterson, 'wickedness' and the fairy dust of science

Even the most rational of arguments can understandably sometimes get quite heated. But in branding critics so emotively as "wicked" and "disgusting", GM advocates like Owen Paterson relinquish any claims to reason.<p>Like other hysterically unqualified defences of rationality, this carries a worrying …

Birds Of A Feather Spy Together

The scene: Two men in a chilly Soviet apartment converse in whispers, careful to protect their plans from enemy ears. Little do they know, the benign-looking raven outside their window is not merely a city scavenger hunting for food, but a spy for the U.S. government.<p>Sound too ridiculous to be …

Peter Higgs responds to winning Nobel award for physics - video

Thirty-nine years after Peter Higgs identified the Higgs boson particle, he won the 2013 Nobel prize. Here he reveals he has never sent an email or browsed the web – and reckons no one would employ him nowadays<p>Published: 6 Dec 2013<p>Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now …

Nobel Goes To Scientists Who Took Chemistry Into Cyberspace

This year's Nobel Prize for chemistry is shared by three international scientists, who moved chemistry out of the lab and into the world of computing.<p>Together they developed tools for studying complex molecules — such as enzymes in the human body and plants' photosynthesis machinery — inside …

This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out

The British composer George Benjamin has quietly developed a reputation for serious, meticulous work. His creative output is limited because he proceeds very slowly. I first heard his music in 2000, when no less a conductor than Pierre Boulez led a piece of his at Carnegie Hall. But after the …

Out Of Lahiri's Muddy 'Lowland,' An Ambitious Story Soars

Geography is destiny in Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel, <i>The Lowland</i>. Her title refers to a marshy stretch of land between two ponds in a Calcutta neighborhood where two very close brothers grow up. In monsoon season, the marsh floods and the ponds combine; in summer, the floodwater evaporates. You don't …

Bulgarians trade free will for free beer

Dutch brewery Amstel has launched an innovative new advertising campaign that rewards people for standing still. The Bulgarian advertiser Next Digital Creative Agency has installed an interactive advert called <i>Amstel Still</i> in cities throughout the country that gives away free beer to anyone willing …

Orson Scott Card’s unconscionable defense of genocide

“Ender’s Game” essentially argues that mass killing can be not just good, but almost holy<p>Genocide is popular entertainment. People love narratives in which a dehumanized, absolutely evil enemy — whether it's vampires, zombies, aliens or orcs — is systematically slaughtered by the forces of …