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    The End of Reductionism Could Be Nigh. Or Not. - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Quantum mechanics seems to have a problem with the order of time, which might signal the...

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    The History of Locker-Room Talk - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    When I first posted on social media about my new book, Father Figure: How to Be...

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    Is the Universe Open-Ended? - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    One of my favorite albeit heavily paraphrased quotes from Albert Einstein is his assertion that the...

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    My 3 Greatest Revelations - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    1 The “Dataome” Is HugeThe dataome is shorthand to describe all of the externalized information we generate...

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    My Lab Uses Ultrasound to Stimulate Unconscious Patients - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Ultrasound can be a neuromodulator—to increase or decrease the likelihood that neurons will fire. Exactly how...

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    Our Little Life Is Rounded with Possibility - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    If you could soar high in the sky, as red kites often do in search of...

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    Data Crunchers to the Rescue - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    The boy was only a month old but had developed the amount of health problems that...

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    Do You Want AI to Be Conscious? - Issue 102: Hidden Truths - Nautilus

    People often ask me whether human-level artificial intelligence will eventually become conscious. My response is: Do...

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    We Already Know How to Stop SolarWinds-Like Hacks - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Orion, a SolarWinds product, was designed to monitor the users’ networks to make sure they were...

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    The “Lab Leak”: It’s Not Enough to Say Accidents Happen - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    So far no one has come up with any clear account of how a coronavirus escaped...

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    If Only 19th-Century America Had Listened to a Woman Scientist - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Human-induced climate change may seem a purely modern phenomenon. Even in ancient Greece, however, people understood...

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    How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    The science you can come across today can often appear to be full of contradictory claims....

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    Tarzan Wasn’t for Her - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Elaine Morgan had sass. In Descent of Woman, published in 1972, she asked her readers to...

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    Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    I can’t see them. Therefore they’re not real.” From which century was this quote drawn? Not...

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    How Taboos Can Help Protect the Oceans - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    In 1777—after whipping local people for trivial offenses, spreading venereal disease, and clumsily avoiding a plot...

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    Are We Cut Out for Universal Morality? - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Footage of a mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to subvert...

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    Science Isn’t Here for Your Mommy Shaming - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    A few years ago, Time magazine published an article titled, “Cell-Phone Distracted Parenting Can Have Long...

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    The Man Who Drank Cholera and Launched the Yogurt Craze - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    When Ilya Metchnikoff was 8 and running around on his parents’ Panassovka estate in Little Russia,...

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    The English Professor Who Foresaw Modern Neuroscience - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    In the 21st century, neuroscience has been able to extend our understanding of the brain beyond...

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    Should We Terraform Mars? Let’s Recap - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    It seemed inevitable that Elon Musk would eventually get into a Twitter war over whether Mars...

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    The Profound Potential of Elon Musk’s New Rocket - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    In the late afternoon of May 5, SpaceX’s Elon Musk tweeted, “Starship landing nominal!” Musk is...

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    The Country Gentleman of Physics - Issue 100: Outsiders - Nautilus

    Julian Barbour’s obsession with time began on Oct. 18, 1963. The 26-year-old Cambridge graduate in mathematics...

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    Why People Feel Like Victims - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In a polarized nation, victimhood is a badge of honor. It gives people strength. “The victim...

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    You Can’t Dissect a Virtual Cadaver - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Last year, my first in medical school at Columbia University, I used a bone saw to...

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    The Largest Cells on Earth - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Imagine you’re a scientist, sitting in the cold dark belly of a ship above an ocean...

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    How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a...

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    How Surprising Connections Can Save the Ocean - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Many marine biologists identify a gateway drug into their obsession, and for Heather Koldewey, it was...

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    Our Most Effective Weapon Is Imagination - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In his Theaetetus, Plato remarks to Socrates: “This pathos is proper to the philosopher: It is...

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    What Makes Music Universal - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    My friend Robert Burton, a neurologist and author, wanted to share a song with me last...

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    Why We Love to Be Grossed Out - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Disgust may not be a straightforward extension of the immune system’s aversion to harmful substances, but...

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    The Botanist Who Defied Stalin - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In 1913, 26-year-old Russian biologist Nikolai Vavilov went to the John Innes Horticultural Institute to study...

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    A Wrinkle in Nature Could Lead to Alien Life - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    I grew up in a small village in a very rural part of England. It was...

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    The Mother of All Accidents - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    In 2001, Seth MacFarlane was the 27-year-old executive producer and creator of the not-yet-hit animated show...

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    How “My Octopus Teacher” Defied Convention - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Animals By Amos Zeeberg, Jonathon Keats & Brandon Keim Hello, It’s MeLike family members...

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    The Weak Case for Grit - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Psychology By Mike Mariani Make America great again. Clearly the message resonated. In 2016,...

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    Carbon, It’s Elementary, Dear Reader - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Chemistry By Brian Gallagher Donning his regular work attire—jeans and a Hawaiian shirt—Richard Saykally...

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    Do We Have Free Will? Maybe It Doesn't Matter - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    It’s hard to change people’s beliefs about free will. So, it can feel like a relief...

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    The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know) - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Resume Reading — The Vast Viral World: What We Know (and Don’t Know) You've read all...

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    How to Conquer COVID-19 Amid a Confederacy of Dunces - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Health By Katherine Hobson For Ryan Sherman*, a 34-year-old lawyer, something changed eight years...

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    Gaia, the Scientist - Issue 99: Universality - Nautilus

    Also in Science Practice By Philip Ball Have you heard the one about the biologist, the...

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    The Trouble with Brain Scans - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Resume Reading — The Trouble with Brain Scans You've read 1 of 2 free monthly articles....

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    I Am Not a Machine. Yes You Are. - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Art By John Steele & Michael Segal Both poetry and physics have a way...

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    A Quiet Path Out of the Coronavirus Shadow - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Health By Sandeep Jauhar The morgue was inside Brooks Brothers. I was standing at...

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    Here’s How We’ll Know an AI Is Conscious - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

    Zombies are supposed to be capable of asking any question about the nature of experience. It’s...

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    Blackout in the Brain Lab - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Fiction By Jeff VanderMeer Once, it was different. Once, people had homes and parents...

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    I Have Come to Bury Ayn Rand - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Economics By Brian Gallagher When Occupy Wall Street protesters began camping out in Zuccotti...

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    This Tenet Shows Time Travel May Be Possible - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Physics By Mark Bowen One afternoon in February 2000, after a long day’s drilling,...

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    How Intelligent Could Life Be Without Natural Selection? - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Evolution By David P. Barash What is sex for? When I regularly queried students...

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    The Charmed Life of Frank Wilczek - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Physics By Kevin Berger Helen Clapp, a professor of theoretical physics at MIT, recounted...

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    Life Beyond Human Has to Play by the Rules - Issue 98: Mind - Nautilus

    Also in Evolution By Kat McGowan Decades ago, behavioral neurobiologist David Crews read a strange report...