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Poem of the week: Life is a Dream by John Ashbery

<b>Life is a Dream</b><p>A talent for self-realization<br>will get you only as far as the vacant lot<br>next to the lumber yard, where they have rollcall.<br>My name begins with an A,<br>so is one of the first to be read off.<br>I am wondering where to stand – could that group of three<br>or four others be the beginning of the line?<p>…

Literature

Alien search detects radio signals from dwarf galaxy 3bn light years from Earth

Stephen Hawking’s Breakthrough Listen project picks up radio pulses that could be from black holes, neutron stars or, some speculate – UFO beacons<p>Astronomers searching for signals from alien civilisations have detected 15 powerful, repeated radio pulses coming from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light …

Physics

Poet John Ashbery dies age 90

Ashbery, who won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his collection, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, died at his home on Sunday of natural causes<p>John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling …

Literature

Now You Can Live in a Remodeled Shipping Container

Startup Boxouse sells “portable, affordable, beautiful smart homes” made from shipping containers (the “deluxe” edition costs $49,000 and includes …

Shipping Containers

Will Self: Are humans evolving beyond the need to tell stories?

Neuroscientists who insist technology is changing our brains may have it wrong. What if we are switching from books to digital entertainment because of a change in our need to communicate?<p>A few years ago I gave a lecture in Oxford that was reprinted in the Guardian under the heading: “The novel is …

Hunter Gatherers

Kurt Eichenwald's huge list of Trump failures destroys GOP nominee's self-proclaimed business prowess

Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald has spent the election researching Donald Trump so thoroughly that it has even prompted investigations and lawsuits.<p>…

A comet smashing into ancient Earth may have set off catastrophic global warming

The warming was almost instantaneous. In the blink of an eye, geologically speaking, thousands of gigatons of carbon were released into the atmosphere. The global temperature rose by as many as 8 degrees Celsius. The oceans became more acidic. Sea levels surged upward. Hundreds of species went …

Climate Change

The genius of Bob Dylan’s storytelling

This morning, we learned that Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” I’m delighted in particular for Dylan, and in general for the proposition that a medium like popular music has been deemed worthy of …

Literature

The pessimist’s cure for procrastination

Why being on a downer can really help to get things done<p>According to one long-standing philosophical tradition, life totally sucks. The Thracians of ancient Europe were said to weep with sadness when babies were born, because of all the suffering they had ahead of them. (A modern book in the same …

Procrastination

The Mystery of How Cancer Cells Barrel Through Your Body

In 1995, while he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedl saw something so startling it kept …

The 10 Best Productivity Tips From Fortune's 40 Under 40

How do you make more time in a day that’s already packed to the brim? We asked the influential young business leaders on this year’s 40 Under 40 to …

The Ethical Carnivore: 'I no longer feel we should all visit a slaughterhouse'

I wasn’t prepared for my first slaughterhouse. I did not research the abattoir in question or tell my friends and family where I was going. I wore a new blouse from Topshop with startled fawns on it. But the worst thing I did was to meet the pigs beforehand.<p>Gorgie City Farm seemed like such a …

Agriculture

The 7 Hard Truths About Aging That Everyone Should Know

Yes, with age comes some wisdom.<p>We’ve updated this post that ran a few years ago because, as we all know, every day is a new learning opportunity ― and we feel smarter now. Plus once in awhile, it’s good to share collective wisdom. Here are seven life lessons about aging worth being reminded of:<p><b>1.</b> …

Retirement

Flight of the bumblebee: survey finds individual personalities

A study has found that bumblebees have distinct personalities.<p>Some bees play it safe by returning to the same flowers again and again while others search for new sources of nectar, scientists found.<p>The researchers, from Queen Mary University of London, tracked four bumblebees from birth to death, …

University of London

A Neuroscientist Explains Why Your Brain Is So Anxious All the Time

Our brains evolved to be on alert for threats. It's just that now, with so many things to worry about, we're constantly worried.<p>We are living in the midst of an anxiety crisis. By conservative estimates, about 20 percent of Americans suffer from anxiety disorders and even more will experience …

More than sad: Depression affects your ability to think

When you think of clinical depression, you probably think of feeling sad and down for long periods of time; losing your energy and your interest in …

Harvard Medical School

Architectural Drawing - ✨From Deco to Atom✨

Skydiver Luke Aikins Sets Record For Highest Jump Without Parachute

Luke Aikins on Saturday became the first skydiver to jump from a plane without a parachute or wingsuit and live to tell the story.<p>In a stunt called "Heaven Sent," the 42-year-old daredevil leaped 25,000 feet to Earth — setting a world record. To accomplish this feat, Aikins had to direct his body …

Special Forces

What Does "Slaugherhouse-Five" Look Like as a Building?

<i>Longtime readers of the</i> Daily <i>will remember Matteo Pericoli’s Windows on the World project, which featured his pen-and-ink drawings of the views from writers’ windows around the world. Matteo is also the founder of the Laboratory of Literary Architecture, an interdisciplinary project that looks at</i> …

Kurt Vonnegut

Harnessing the Immune System to Fight Cancer

Steve Cara expected to sail through the routine medical tests required to increase his life insurance in October 2014. But the results were devastating. He had lung cancer, at age 53. It had begun to spread, and doctors told him it was inoperable.<p>A few years ago, they would have suggested …

Cancer

France church attackers 'smiled' and talked of peace, nun says

Teenager who murdered elderly French priest asked sister who witnessed attack if she was familiar with the Qur’an<p>One of the jihadists who murdered an elderly French priest smiled as he carried out the attack, and nuns who witnessed the grisly murder said the killers spoke about the Qur’an.<p>The two …

Terrorism

'Crazy but fantastic': Man Booker prize pitches tiny publishers into big league

Alongside heavy hitters such as JM Coetzee and Elizabeth Strout, published by imprints of the international giant Penguin Random House, this year’s Man Booker prize longlist also featured a new face: Graeme Macrae Burnet, whose second novel comes to readers courtesy of tiny independent Scottish …

Books

6 human activities that pose the biggest threat to the world’s drinking water

Clean, drinkable water is more than a precious resource — it’s crucial to human life. Unfortunately, population growth and pollution are threatening …

Pollution

Francis' silence at Auschwitz hides a history of outspokenness

BUENOS AIRES — When Pope Francis goes on a silent pilgrimage to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp this Friday, it will be his first time in …

This new climate GIF is fun until you remember it shows the end of the world

In May, Brad Plumer wrote about a climate GIF created by University of Reading scientist Ed Hawkins. It had gone viral, at least in the small world of online climate change obsessives. (Hi.)<p>Scientists got the message: Y’all like clever gifs. So now there’s a new set of spiral GIFs, inspired by …

Climate Change

Nuns at Gottfried Böhm’s Pilgrimage...

A Terrible Twist of Fate, the Birth of a Writer: ‘Will & I’ by Clay Byars

Clay Byars’ memoir, <i>Will & I</i> (192 pages; FSG Originals), could have opened on the car crash that changes Byars’ life at 20. It could have opened nine …

Books

It’s Suddenly Understandable: On Aphorism, Lyric, and Experiment

WE LIVE IN a fine time for aphorists: think about Twitter, or about all the ways in which language “goes viral.” Think of James Richardson, who had …