I Am Not a Monster
Animals:Science has turned the squid from a storied monster into a marvel.
Ingenious: Jack Gilbert
Health:The professor of surgery explains how health emerges from a healthy microbiome.
Ingenious: Robert Sparrow & Julian Savulescu
Philosophy:Should doping in sports be unrestricted? A video head-to-head.
Head to Head: Should We Allow a Doping Free-for-All?
Philosophy:Two philosophers debate the ethics of performance enhancement.
The Caveman Guide to Parenting
Every evening as the sun sets, Robb Wolf begins his nightly ritual: While his two daughters play, he slowly dims the lights, just a few lumens every 20 to 30 minutes, until the house, in Reno, Nevada, is dark. The family is asleep before 8 p.m. and awake before dawn, as Wolf imagines our ancestors […]
Is This New Swim Stroke the Fastest Yet?
Physiology:The surprising performance and physics of the fish kick.
Why Do People Have Such Strong Feelings for the Portland Airport’s Carpet?
A typical view of the Portland airport’s old carpet on social mediaMichael Morgan via Flickr “Take a pic of your feet on the carpet,” texted my sister. I had just landed in Portland, Oregon, to visit my siblings, and was walking to the airport exit. Autocorrect must have made a mistake, I thought. Yet I […]
Is DNA the Language of the Book of Life?
Thinking of nucleobases as a long sequence of letters may contribute to the illusion that DNA is a language.Neil Palmer / CIAT via Flickr When we talk about genes, we often use expressions inherited from a few influential geneticists and evolutionary biologists, including Francis Crick, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins. These expressions depict DNA as […]