Many humans might consider smell to be a less than essential sense. To the lobster, though, interpreting chemicals using its 12 ‘noses’ is the difference between meeting a compatible mate and never reproducing, finding a meal and going hungry, and winning or losing a fight with a rival.
We carry stuff in them – groceries, clothes, gifts, trash and booze. I carried my lunch to school in one until the fourth grade because my mother would decorate them with stickers and drawings.
After a childhood scarred by bullying and dark family secrets, Michael Paul Smith found himself working in a series of dead-end jobs and battling depression.
Do you think racial stereotypes are false? Are you sure? I’m not asking if you’re sure whether or not the stereotypes are false, but if you’re sure whether or not you think that they are.
Located at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has collected imaging data for more than 3 million astronomical objects since it began operating in 2000.
If you watched Still Alice (2014), you were probably moved to tears by Julianne Moore’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Alice Howland, a 50-year-old professor of linguistics who discovers that she has a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease.
The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?
Social change usually happens slowly. It takes time for technology to advance, for social movements to generate momentum, for new policies to be developed, or for public opinion to shift.
Wolves’ howls are eerie, beautiful and wild. But what are they actually saying to each other? By Holly Root-Gutteridge Read at Aeon
The reasons why people love to blame are simple enough: they’re seeking an outlet for their frustrations, and they want to feel in control.
The British empire never lacked contradictions. A global juggernaut standing with its military boot on millions of necks, practising commercial coercion and diplomatic cynicism, it nonetheless routinely thought of itself as a plucky underdog.
Ancient Babylonia’s magic bowls offer a glimpse into the society of the Talmud, and today’s shadowy antiquities market By Samuel Thrope Read at Aeon
The virtual reality (VR) industry is currently in its infancy, but in just a few decades it’s possible that virtual environments will be nearly indistinguishable from reality.
I am waltzing though the aisles of my local supermarket looking for a rice dish I can wolf down for a quick supper before heading out again across town.
Dreams might not be omens or prophecies in a mystical sense, but they do have a distinct psychological predictive power By Sue Llewellyn Read at Aeon
We can never fully access another person’s perspective, but to what extent do our individual private experiences matter when it comes to language and shared understanding?
We all sense something deeply deficient in our modern civilisation. Is it an absence of spirituality?
A groundbreaking new study from the Gallant Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley is transforming how scientists understand language organisation in the brain. Published in Nature on 28 April 2016, the paper ‘Natural Speech Reveals the Semantic Maps That Tile Human Cerebral Cortex’ reveals that we use our entire brain – and not just the temporal lobe, as once believed – to group words by meaning.
Amnesty International and The Economist are very different organisations, but they have reached similar conclusions on policies regarding sex markets.
Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?