“But what does it mean?” Of course you know that’s what my folks said. But they listened. They’re always good like that. Some of you will recognize the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which I’ve had […]
Brilliant new work by “Breath Art,” previously featured here.
The eminent neuroscientist Jaak Panskepp, who pioneered the study of emotion in mammals, is famous for, among other things, tickling rats in the lab to make them laugh, but his work wasn’t a joke. He […]
Buried underneath a brick warehouse, and near another that had been into upscale shopping was an enormous spherical chamber made entirely of the heavy industrial steel of a bygone era. Two hemispherical sections were joined […]
As far as we know, the alphabet was invented only once* — in Phoenicia (covering modern-day Lebanon, Syria, and Israel). It spread and persisted because with it, you can render any word in any language. […]
Depictions of the universe, variously considered. List of figures: Hilma af Klint (circa 1920) THe world according to Hildegard von Bingen (12th cent.) Cosmolux by Paul Laffoley (1981) Sphaera Coelestis Mystica (1739) plate 7 by […]
Take a deep breath. Now, repeat. It gets harder and harder to do that the higher you go, but there’s never a point where the atmosphere just stops. Like an aging celebrity, it just kind […]