Work-hardened hands conduct the grand techno-opera of extracting massive marble blocks at an Italian quarry The post Il Capo appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Glaucus was no coward. He had killed four men, and that was no easy matter when they were charging at him through the dust and din, waving sharp swords and screaming.
The lifespan of a whale is 50-75 years. Its afterlife can be just as long and equally spectacular The post Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale) appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
An island was born on 14 November 1963. In a luminous memory from my childhood, my father has the newspaper spread over our yellow breakfast table in suburban Melbourne and announces this curious fact.
In 1992, Juan Rivera was arrested for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Waukegan, Illinois.
A rare, nuanced glimpse into modern Amish life shows deep faith, simplicity and, increasingly, compromise The post An Amish Man appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
In 2009, a man calling himself Peter Bergmann arrived in an Irish town with a plan to disappear forever The post The Last Days of Peter Bergmann appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Antibiotics, defibrillators, feeding tubes and ventilators are lifesaving tools that sometimes become weapons to prolong life against our will.
Pygmy seahorses are miniature marvels, so tiny that they can survive only by disappearing into the world around them The post Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Consider the New Kingdom Egyptian. He can be forgiven for thinking his state sits at creation’s centre, a kernel of order anchoring the known world.
When your meddling New York landlady lives upstairs be prepared for some very strange voicemails The post One Year Lease appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Before the beginning of the 19th century, the future was only rarely portrayed as a very different place from the present.
Photographer René Burri reflects on a career of turning evanescent moments into indelible artifacts The post Six Photographs: René Burri appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Most health-conscious people are familiar with the concept of risk factors for disease. We’re too familiar, in fact.
In northern India, a changing economy forces former farmers to harvest a different crop: copper from circuit boards The post Copper: Acid and Dust appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Catalonia’s extraordinary human towers are ephemeral monuments to human strength, co-operation and tradition The post Casteller appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Colleen, an associate director at a large pharmaceutical company, daydreamed about getting married on a beach.
‘If you can do puberty, you can do old age’: a briskly compelling perspective from the 90-year-old athlete Leonard Creo The post Creo appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Imagine you’re a traveller in a strange land. A local approaches you and starts jabbering away in an unfamiliar language.
We live in a golden age of technological, medical, scientific and social progress. Look at our computers!