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Paul Theroux: The Day Boston Felt the World’s Pain

When the travel writer returned to his hometown after the Marathon bombing, he found the mood of the city transformed, unified by a trauma, which he …

Obama Launches BRAIN Initiative to Map the Human Brain

Go, Big Science! Eliza Shapiro reports on the BRAIN initiative, aimed at unlocking the brain’s mysteries.<p>We may not be colonizing Mars or putting …

Week in Photos: April 20, 2013

From the Boston Marathon blasts to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, see the week’s most striking images.<p>Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty

Week in Photos: May 18, 2013

From the Soyuz capsule touching down in Kazakhstan to Texas tornadoes, see the week’s most striking images.<p>NASA/CSA/EPA, via Landov

Cicada Panic, 1860 Style

Freaking out about cicadas is a grand tradition. Josh Dzieza mines the archives.<p>Every 17 years, a swarm of cicadas emerges from the ground and starts …

H. P. Lovecraft and the Northern Gothic Tongue

By Roger Luckhurst<p>There is a very specific language of Gothic and horror literature that has its roots buried deep in the history of English: <i>doom</i> has …