Ken Chen in The New Republic: Once, in my youth, I took a graduate philosophy seminar I thought would be about law and justice: Instead we discussed the semantic implications of punctuation marks.
Bruce Bower in Science News: Fierce combat erupted in February 2016 at the northern Iraqi village of Kudilah.
Bomani Jones in Playboy: When did you realize you had become somebody? When I came to The Atlantic I’d been writing for 12 years.
Naben Ruthnum at The Walrus: King’s childhood in Connecticut and Maine was something of a blend of the lives he created for Lachance and Chambers in The Body.
Glen Newey at The London Review of Books: What will happen now? Precise predictions at this stage would be rash.
at The Onion: FOR First step in returning Britain to its pre-1970s glory as an economically languishing failed colonial empire In the face of a resurgent Russia and increased threats from ISIS, leaving E.U.
Brian Handwerk in Smithsonian: Slammed. Swamped. Flat out. Buried. No matter how it's said, the refrain is all too familiar—people are just too busy.
From PhysOrg: A team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Illumina, Inc., has completed the first large-scale assessment of single neuronal "transcriptomes." Their research reveals a surprising diversity in the molecules that human brain cells use in transcribing genetic information from DNA to RNA and producing proteins.
Ariel Sabar in The Atlantic: On a humid afternoon this past November, I pulled off Interstate 75 into a stretch of Florida pine forest tangled with runaway vines.
Ian Sample in The Guardian: The skin comes out in goosebumps and tingles run up the spine. But how particular pieces of music can induce such rapturous effects in people has stumped researchers for centuries.
From The Guardian: David Cameron, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund and others have been attacked by the leave campaign for exaggerating the economic risks of Brexit.
David Noonan in Smithsonian: Two hundred and thirty-five years after the Italian scientist Luigi Galvani reported that dismembered frog legs twitch in response to a static charge applied to a nerve, we are still exploring the mysteries of what he called “animal electricity,” especially in the brain.
Hearing Parker for the First Time The blue notes spiraling up from the transistor radio tuned to WNOE, New Orleans, lifted me out of bed in Seward County, Kansas, where the plains wind riffed telephone wires in tones less strange than the bird songs of Charlie Parker.
From KurzweilAI: Australian researchers have discovered that an existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene, who are at high risk of developing aggressive breast cancer.
Sumayya Kassamali in Caravan: “AND WERE YOU POLITICALLY INVOLVED in Beirut?” an interviewer once asked Faiz Ahmed Faiz, arguably the greatest Urdu poet of the last century.
Daniel Davies in Vox: One big factor is that the character of a neighborhood is changed by the kind of people who move out just as much as by the kind of people who move in.
Henry Farrell in Crooked Timber: Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s new book, American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper does four things.