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Nightmare Machine

2000 years ago<p>Beginning of Everything<p>The mysterious origin of Halloween traditions can be traced back to the ancient pagans festivals celebrated by …

Scientists Trace Society’s Myths to Primordial Origins

The Greek version of a familiar myth starts with Artemis, goddess of the hunt and fierce protectress of innocent young women. Artemis demands that …

"Music Confounds the Machines"

<i>Everyone's talking about the great speech T Bone Burnett gave as the keynote address to AmericanaFest yesterday. If you missed it, here's the</i> …

Music

As Faulkner Lay Drinking

A look at the award-winning author’s complex relationship with liquor and writing.<p>A close look at most great 20th-century novelists and playwrights …

Literature

One in three heart surgeons refuse difficult operations to avoid poor mortality ratings, survey shows

At least one in three heart surgeons has refused to treat critically ill patients because they are worried it will affect their mortality ratings if things go wrong.<p>Patients have been able to see league tables showing how well surgeons perform since 2014.<p>But consultant cardiac surgeon Samer Nashef …

Transparency

Maverick scientist thinks he has discovered a magnetic sixth sense in humans

Birds do it. Bees do it. But the human subject, standing here in a hoodie—can he do it? Joe Kirschvink is determined to find out. For decades, he has …

Scientists Just Found a Compound That Kills 98% of a Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Yes!<p>Researchers have discovered a compound in an Antarctic sea sponge that's capable of killing 98 percent of the drug-resistant superbug, …