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Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle


After migrating thousands of miles to mate, chum salmon die nobly, their bodies feeding a merciless, beautiful ecosystem The post Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Bees have feelings too, and scientists should respect them


It was a warm day in early spring when I had my first long conversation with the entomologist and science studies scholar Sainath Suryanarayanan.

Daddy Doll


Daddy's gone to war. What solace can a child take from a soldier doll with his father's face? The post Daddy Doll appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Has fear of contagion made Holy Communion harder to swallow?


Helen didn’t know me, but she loved me. I met her at the nursing home when the Catholic lay minister asked me if I would bring her, a Protestant, communion.

Landfill Harmonic


Coaxing music from trash, the children of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura refuse to be defined by poverty The post Landfill Harmonic appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

What does the zombie say about who we are and what we fear?


A boy called R becomes zombified during the zombie apocalypse and for eight years he is alone, shambling around an abandoned airport, groaning at fellow zombies and searching for human flesh.

There Is Only Coffee


Ethiopian coffee is highly prized – not least by the locals who drink it, bless with it, and work together to produce it The post There Is Only Coffee appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Can secular people still be moved by sacred art?


The loveliest image I know is Fra Angelico’s ‘Entry of the Blessed into Paradise’, a scene from his painting The Last Judgment of 1431.

The Diatomist


Amazing hidden worlds become visible through the Victorian art of arranging microscopic algae in kaleidoscopic patterns The post The Diatomist appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Does disgust have any place in moral reasoning?


Every spring a pro-life group – one whose campaigning methods are so shockingly offensive that I won’t publish their name here – sets up shop on my university’s campus quad.

Can the creative weirdness of CGI be recovered from cliche?


James Cameron’s underwater adventure The Abyss (1989) is widely considered the first film to have successfully made extensive use of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, to show audiences something they could never witness otherwise.

After My Garden Grows


A micro-agriculture programme offers hope for a girl living in a rigidly patriarchal society in rural India The post After My Garden Grows appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Colin Furze: Inside the Mind of an Inventor


Colin Furze doesn’t necessarily chase world records; they just tend to be the end result of his eccentric inventions The post Colin Furze: Inside the Mind of an Inventor appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Moral character is the foundation of a sense of personal identity


One morning after her accident, a woman I’ll call Kate awoke in a daze. She looked at the man next to her in bed.

X-Ray Man


More than 50 years after participating in secret US Army nuclear tests, Darrell Robertson can finally tell his story The post X-Ray Man appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Sillas (Musical Chairs)


The artist Francis Alÿs turns a classic children's game into a poetic, imaginative rumination on the nature of play The post Sillas (Musical Chairs) appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why are today’s craft beers so bitter?


Brian Hunt and I sat under a redwood tree in his rutted, gravel driveway in a rural part of Sonoma County, California.

When it comes to buying sex are women any different from men?


In the middle of every month, when the moon is full, and straight after payday, Louise meets Tom in a smart hotel in north Sydney to indulge in what she calls ‘my little ritual’.

Analogue People in a Digital Age


In an Irish pub, the switch from analogue to digital TV brings up life’s big questions: death, money, politics, the soul The post Analogue People in a Digital Age appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

When commercial satellites unite quantum physics and relativity


Watching a rocket as it slowly starts to heave itself out of Earth’s deep gravity well and then streaks up into the blue, you suddenly grasp on a visceral level the energies involved in space exploration.


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