Fix and Release is an illuminating and moving look at the work of Sue Carstairs, the executive and medical director of the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre in Canada.
From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us By Laura Ruggles Read at Aeon
‘We are the 99 per cent!’ Many of us who have applauded those stirring words, beginning with the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, knew that the number was not precise, and was never intended to be.
Although his master’s thesis on the topic was rejected by the University of Chicago’s anthropology department, it's hard to discount the acuity of the US writer Kurt Vonnegut's theory of ‘story shapes’.
First, let me tell you how smart I am. So smart. My fifth-grade teacher said I was gifted in mathematics and, looking back, I have to admit that she was right.
During the Cold War, US propagandists worked to provide a counterweight to Communist media, but truth eluded them all By Melissa Feinberg Read at Aeon
Simpson’s paradox is a statistical phenomenon in which a trend appears in small data sets, but differs or reverses when those sets are combined into a larger group.
In 2010, the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, focused attention on the entertainment groups’ orca (or killer whale) shows.
Planned for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia by the Toronto businessman Tony Trigiani, the 24-metre Mother Canada monument was intended to serve the dual purpose of honouring the country’s war dead and boosting the area’s largely seasonal fishing economy.
A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold By M M Owen Read at Aeon
Technological advances and historically unprecedented income inequalities have raised living standards while enabling a new global elite to enjoy lifestyles more lavish in energy consumption and environmental impact than those enjoyed by any aristocracy in the past.
At their best, daredevils rival philosophers and mystics in their exploration of human mortality and spirit By Lary Wallace Read at Aeon
Centrifuges are a basic component of any modern medical laboratory. Used to separate different types of cells within a blood sample by spinning them extremely quickly, they are an essential tool for detecting many diseases.
The discovery of independent life beyond Earth would have deep philosophical implications for us, and our ideas of morality By Tim Mulgan Read at Aeon
The Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer was regarded by his friends as a master in the art of mind-wandering.
‘Just like the bad things, the beautiful things are temporary too.’ Roberto Olivera was raised in poverty in southern California, where he worked the tomato fields alongside his mother and abusive stepfather, migrant workers from Mexico.
After getting lost in the conference hotel, I finally located the ‘creativity workshop’. Joining the others, I sat cross-legged on the floor.
To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told By Erik Linstrum Read at Aeon
The tempestuous sex lives of praying mantises have long been fodder for cartoons and trivia nights, but what really happens when these wonderfully weird insects procreate?
Albert Einstein said that the ‘most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is comprehensible’.