What happened to this ingenious, forgotten solution to the problem of parallel parking from the automobile’s early days?
Officially, for the past 11,700 years we have been living in the Holocene epoch. From the Greek for ‘totally new’, the Holocene is an eyeblink in geological time.
Can an encyclopedic knowledge of dogs help an 11-year-old with Asperger’s connect with people? The post For the love of dogs appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
In 807 the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad, Harun al-Rashid, sent Charlemagne a gift the like of which had never been seen in the Christian empire: a brass water clock.
As a black calf roper, Kendrick Domingue challenges the myths of the American West by gunning for the Rodeo finals The post The roper appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Every modern generation has had its own idiosyncratic obsession with telepathy, the hope that one human being might be able to read another person’s thoughts.
What’s more relaxing than a leisurely soak? A visit to Californian hot springs luxuriates in water’s calming effects The post Soak appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
‘On my good days, I can almost pass for a normal person. On my bad days, I feel like I cannot find myself… I don’t know who I am and what I am going to lose next.’ So says Alice Howland, as played by Julianne Moore, in the film Still Alice (2014).
Like musicians reading from a score, our cells interpret our genome differently. Will we become master DNA conductors?
In 100 years it will not be acceptable to use genderised words such as ‘he’ or ‘she’, which are loaded with centuries of prejudice and reduce a spectrum of greys to black and white.
Are Japan’s low-income workers who live in internet café cubicles a vision of an increasingly unequal future?
She sat before me, feet in combat boots tapping an irregular rhythm on our muted yellow clinic floor.
Wearing a seashell as a disguise, the wily and merciless veined octopus stalks an unsuspecting rock crab The post The odd tale of the clever octopus appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
The crisp bubbles of real New York seltzer from the city’s last bottler serve up refreshment and stir up rich nostalgia The post Seltzer works appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Picture yourself in a supermarket aisle in 2050. These new ‘magic meatballs’, brightly coloured for the kids, seem worth a try.
Of all humanity’s eccentricities, religion could very well be the most baffling. Even though no one has produced a fleck of evidence for the existence of the gods, people will engage in repetitive, often taxing behaviours, under the impression that some ethereal being out there knows and cares.
A 12-year-old Indian boxer dreams of fighting his way to glory, or a government job. Can a brutal sport be redemptive?
I don’t believe in God, but I need some kind of a prayer to repeat when things go haywire. I need a prayer because, as a writer with several unruly dependents under my roof, each day is a rollercoaster, a crapshoot, an exercise in uncertainty.
Can we really make conscious decisions, or is our sense of agency actually just a bit of brain trickery?
When it slithers through the grass, the legless glass lizard is indistinguishable from a snake. But harass it and it will perform a very un-snakelike feat.