Nichole Knightley

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Elizabeth Kolbert: 'The whole world is becoming a kind of zoo'

<b>Elizabeth Kolbert</b> <b>is the author of</b> <b>The Sixth Extinction</b><b>, which argues that a catastrophe that may be as significant as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs is under way around us. But whereas the previous five mass extinctions were caused by natural phenomena, Kolbert shows us that this one is</b> …

Distant supermassive black hole spins at half the speed of light

By magnifying a region of space 6 billion light-years away, astronomers have directly measured the spin of a distant black hole — and <i>holy crap</i> do …

An Illustrated Field Guide to Mythic Monsters, from Gremlins to Zombies to the Kraken

<i>“Legendary lands … have only one characteristic in common: whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention, they have created flows of belief,”</i> Umberto Eco wrote in his illustrated meditation on imaginary places. …

Brian Eno’s Reading List of Twenty Books Essential for Sustaining Human Civilization

<i>UPDATE: The folks from the Long Now have kindly asked me to contribute to the Manual for Civilization library — here is my own reading list.</i><p>There is something inescapably alluring about the reading lists of cultural icons, perhaps because in recognizing that creativity is combinatorial and fueled …

"It's basically a dolphin trying very hard to be a walrus"

Meet the walrus-whale, the extinct species of ancient whale, that looked a little like a cross between a dolphin and a walrus, and once roamed the …

Walruses

What if we've completely misunderstood our place in the universe?

That's a very real possibility raised by a Harvard astronomer who believes we may have missed something basic about how the universe was formed.<p><i>Image</i> …

Watch this grotesque animation set in a retrofuturistic bomb factory

The darkly funny animated short <i>Monsieur COK</i> is, on its surface, a tale of workers rebelling against the greedy bomb factory owner who replaced them …

NASA: Martian Meteorite Could Have Contained Ancient Water And Life

Could this meteorite show evidence of ancient water and life on Mars? That's one possibility raised in a new paper led by NASA and including members …

Meteorites

10 Compelling Unnamed Protagonists in Literature

Happy birthday, Ralph Ellison. The late author is perhaps most famous for his 1952 existentialist novel, <i>Invisible Man</i>, which touched upon issues …

Literature

How Neil Gaiman took the road to En-Dor

I did not steal the book. I did something worse. I found the book in the old school library. The library was next door to the office in which the school's matron (fat and funny and nice), her deputy (sharp-faced and suspicious) and a variety of young helpers (sympathetic teenagers with red cheeks) …

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you said “kill Adolf Hitler”, then congratulations; you’re a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole “access to a time machine” thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler …

On Liberty: Edward Snowden and top writers on what freedom means to them

As the campaining group turns 80, Shami Chakrabarti, Ian McEwan, Tom Stoppard, Julian Barnes and others reflect on liberty<p>Writers have always been a big part of Liberty. Since our very beginnings, as the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) in 1934, they've played a key role in our battle to …

The Universal Shapes of Stories, According to Kurt Vonnegut

The fundamental concept behind Kurt Vonnegut's master's thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago was, in Vonnegut's words, "that stories …

A musician tackles his anxiety by arguing with his own subsconscious

Tom Moody is a musician struggling to find the confidence to sing. He'll have to take a surreal journey into his own mind and argue with himself and …

The Roving Typist (the True Story of a Hated Hipster Meme)

<b>C</b>hristopher Hermelin is first and foremost a talented storyteller. He just so happens to tell his one-of-a-kind stories on a Royal Safari typewriter …

A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities …

Spirituality

The genius who led the doomed fight for decimal time

Henri Poincaré was the brilliant mind who gave us the beginnings of chaos theory and Poincaré conjecture. He was also the doggedly persistent nut who …

Mathematics

In Beautiful Darkness, a fairy tale life is inextricably tied to death

You've seen countless stories about cute little creatures living secretly in our world, but you've never read one like <i>Beautiful Darkness</i>. It's a …

Cute

Maira Kalman on Curiosity, Courage, Happiness, and the Two Keys to a Full Life

Maira Kalman is one of the most beloved illustrators working today and one of my greatest heroes, a singular spirit living at the intersection of art and philosophy. In this fantastic talk from India’s INK Conference, Kalman takes us on a journey into her wonderfully idiosyncratic mind and …

Silent raw footage of the bombing of Nagasaki is absolutely chilling

This 11-minute video takes us from the preparations of the Fat Man nuclear weapon, its loading onto the plane Bockscar, and the explosion of the bomb …

Lauren Davis

Autumn leaves transform into origami animals in this magical animation

As autumn comes to a close, the dead leaves are bagged and ready to go. But instead of heading to the landfill, these leaves undertake one final …

A merboy meets a girl and falls in love—with education

In so many supernatural boy-meets-girl stories, the supernatural creature abandons their world (or vice versa) in the name of romance. But in the …

The First Map Showing All the Connections in Your Brain's White Matter

Scientists have created the first map of the ways that the white matter in our brains connects with itself, and with our grey matter. The takeaway? …

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

When I say “spiritual,” it’s a complicated word that has some unpleasant associations. Still, there has to be a word for that soaring feeling that we experience when we contemplate 13 billion years of cosmic evolution and four and a half billion years of the story of life on this planet.

When I say “spiritual,” it’s a complicated word that has some unpleasant associations. Still, there has to be a word for that soaring feeling that we …

An Early Draft of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue DotQuote Over at The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen takes a look back at the evolution of that one perfect passage that gives us all the best feels. She marked up the copy above to highlight the differences between this early draft (oh the days of red pen editing!) and the final version, which you can listen to below. I also highly recommend heading over and checking out Rebecca’s analysis of the meaning of a certain “mote”… This document comes from the Library of Congress’ Sagan Archives, which were generously donated by Seth MacFarlane. I attended the dedication event last fall, and there was lots of these little tidbits of the legend-in-the-making. When I got home from that trip, I delivered my thoughts about Carl’s legacy in a video, because it was a touching experience

<b>An Early Draft of Carl Sagan's Pale Blue DotQuote</b><p>Over at The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen takes a look back at the evolution of that one perfect …

Watch Classical Paintings Come Alive, in Beauty

Italian animator Rino Stefano Tagliafierro breathes subtle (and not-so-subtle) life into dozens of classical paintings in his captivating short, …