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The Mysterious Case of Primate Peacefulness

Here we go again. In a few hours, on the eve of another 9/11, another president will make a televised speech to the nation, explaining why he thinks …

The real reason for the 40-hour workweek

The one conspicuous similarity between these activities is that they cost little or no money, but they take time.<p>Suddenly I have a lot more money and a lot less time, which means I have a lot more in common with the typical working North American than I did a few months ago. While I was abroad I …

Why Are Historians So Afraid of Fucking?

Last month, archaeologists on the Greek island of Ithaca found a couple of dicks etched into a cliff face at the Bay of Vathy. Aside from their age, what made the finding unique was the archeologists' willingness to openly discuss the sexual aspect of...<p><i>A big old penis with legs jizzing into an</i> …

Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science

Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.<p>…

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The light therapeutic

Every summer when he was a boy, Satchin Panda would stay on his grandparents’ farm near Chandipur on the east coast of India. He lazed in a hammock, …

The Surprisingly Strong Case for Colonizing Venus

Science fiction writers have come up with a plausible scenario for a floating city above the fiery planet.<p>Why worry about building a colony on Mars when instead you could float one high above the surface of Venus? Science fiction writer Charles Stross recently revived the idea of building a …