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HIV DNA successfully excised from animals

Using gene editing technology, researchers have, for the first time, successfully excised a segment of HIV-1 DNA -- the virus responsible for AIDS -- …

Free will? Analysis of worm neurons suggest how a single stimulus can trigger different responses

Even worms have free will. If offered a delicious smell, for example, a roundworm will usually stop its wandering to investigate the source, but …

Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human

US scientists say they have discovered fossils of the ‘Carolina butcher’, a pre-dinosaur beast with sharp teeth<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right …

Fossils

Las Meninas: The world’s first ‘photobomb’?

Diego Velázquez changed western art – and the relationship of artist, artwork and spectator – by placing himself in his painting, says Jason Farago.<p>On 25 March the exhibition Velázquez – no subtitle needed – opens at the Grand Palais in Paris. With 51 of his paintings, or about half of his entire …

Art

The Illustrated Story of Persian Polymath Ibn Sina and How He Shaped the Course of Medicine

How a voraciously curious little boy became one of the world’s greatest healers.<p>Humanity’s millennia-old quest to understand the human body is strewn with medical history milestones, but few individual figures merit as much credit as Persian prodigy-turned-polymath <b>Ibn Sina</b> (c. 980 CE–1037 AD), …

Albert Einstein

Sidewalk Flowers: An Illustrated Ode to Presence and the Everyday Art of Noticing in a Culture of Productivity and Distraction

A gentle wordless celebration of the true material of aliveness.<p><i>“How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard wrote in her magnificent defense of living with presence. But in our age of productivity, we spend our days running away from boredom, never mind its creative …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Breakthroughs

Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions

“[Charlie Brown] reminded people, as no other cartoon character had, of what it was to be vulnerable, to be small and alone in the universe, to be human — both little and big at the same time.”<p>J.R.R. Tolkien adamantly asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and Neil Gaiman …

Mary Oliver on What Attention Really Means and Her Moving Eulogy to Her Soul Mate

“Attention without feeling … is only a report.”<p><b>Mary Oliver</b> is one of our era’s most beloved and prolific poets — a sage of wisdom on the craft of poetry and a master of its magic; a woman as unafraid to be witty as she is to wise. For more than forty years, Oliver lived on Cape Cod with the love of …

Literature

Bertrand Russell on the Vital Role of Boredom and “Fruitful Monotony” in the Conquest of Happiness

“A generation that cannot endure boredom will be a generation of little men… of men in whom every vital impulse slowly withers, as though they were cut flowers in a vase.”<p>Between the time Kierkegaard contemplated boredom and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips made his bewitching case for why the capacity …

Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Language is so deeply embedded in almost every aspect of the way we interact with the world that it's hard to imagine what it would be like not to …

Cheating to Learn: How a UCLA professor gamed a game theory midterm

On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly …

Imogen Stubbs hits out at mumbling actors

Too many actors mumble their way through their lines, neither enunciating nor projecting words clearly enough for audiences to understand them, …

The Weight of a Secret

We all have secrets -- the inappropriate crush that no one knows about, the intimate relationship with your refrigerator after hours, the family drama no one is privy too, the credit card charges no one would understand -- but given that there are two sides to every coin, where do all the secrets …

Joss Whedon Drops Iron Man Detail for THE AVENGERS 2