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There is no shame worse than poor teeth in a rich world

I am bone of the bone of them that live in trailer homes. I grew up next to Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett, the hostile former drug addict from the prison TV drama Orange Is the New Black.

A Hydrocarbon Heaven

A fuel-cell developer has a plan to allow anyone to convert organic matter into energy The post A Hydrocarbon Heaven appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

What makes the very sticks and stones of a building sacred?

In 570, the year of the prophet Muhammad's birth, Abraha, the Ethiopian viceroy in Yemen, sent an army north into the Arabian Peninsula.

Dinosaur Curtains

A young couple, low on money but rich in spirit, challenge popular conceptions of Middle America The post Dinosaur Curtains appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Animal deceivers can warn us against the human variety

It’s the friend who betrays you, the lover living a secret life, the job applicant with the fabricated résumé, or the sham sales pitch too good to resist.

Robotic Cheetah

Could this development in biomimetic robotics lead the way to terrestrial transport that doesn’t need roads or rails?

Alan Moore: I am in charge of this universe

Alan Moore is waiting when I get off the train in Northampton, a majestically bearded figure in a hoodie, scanning the crowd that pushes through the turnstiles with a look of fearsome intent.

Ibasyo: A Photographer’s Response to Self-Harm in Japan

Kosuke Okahara seeks dignity and compassion in his photo documentary on self-harm among young Japanese women The post Ibasyo: A Photographer’s Response to Self-Harm in Japan appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why the apology has become a friend of power and privilege

Consider this story of corporate contrition. From 1932 to 1968, the Japanese chemical manufacturer Chisso Corporation discharged mercury into Minamata Bay on the west coast of Japan, causing a lethal and disfiguring condition known as ‘Minamata Disease’.

The Perfect Fit

Far from the dance studio, craftsmen hammer and form ballet shoes with their own rough grace The post The Perfect Fit appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

What would happen in the ocean if humanity went quiet?

At 5:30am I awoke to the sound of the diesel chug-chugging of a lone lobster boat carving into the glassy Atlantic.

Marrying Me

‘Getting married is an invention’: a powerful case for individuality from a woman who chose self-marriage The post Marrying Me appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

How self-harm provokes the brain into feeling better

Here’s what I remember about the first time I cut myself: I was mad. As a writer, I wish I could come up with something more literary, such as: ‘The cuts provided a route through my skin for the emotions to escape.’ Or maybe: ‘I used it to translate emotional pain into physical pain.’ Or […] The post Why self-harm?

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How urbanisation can be a friend to the biodiversity of birds

My backyard is a peaceful respite from the nearby city of Seattle. Eighty-year-old firs and cedars provide an emerald backdrop for the wildlife with which I share a single hectare of forest.

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Is being super awesome really helping anybody?

I say ‘very’ rather than ‘super’. I think mountains are awesome but simply having the right money for my waiter is not.

The psychology of torture and its troubling origins

The year was 1960, and Dr Stanley Milgram had a theory about Germans. Only 27 years old, Milgram was a rising star in social psychology.

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