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Learn from Man’s Best Friend

Scientific American brings us The Ethical Dog, an interesting and thought-provoking article about the social behaviors and ordered customs of canids. We’ve admired and lived side-by-side with these remarkable animals for thousands of years. These behaviors, including altruism, tolerance, forgiveness, reciprocity and fairness, are readily evident in the egalitarian way…

Virus Fossil Bed

Scientists spent thirteen years mapping and sequencing the human genome. The Human Genome Project, though completed in 2003, was only the barest beginning of what we have yet to learn about ourselves, our own DNA, where we’ve come from, and where we’ve yet to go. Hereditary predispositions to disease and…

Moff’s Law

Inevitably, in an online discussion (especially a discussion about -isms in art) involving more than three people, some ignoramus will say something very like: Jeez, it was just a movie. STFU and enjoy it, okay? How to respond the next time someone accuses you of overthinking a text or a…

Art in the Oddest Places

Cupcakes, by their very nature a fleeting and clearly-delineated moment of sweetness, capturing the essence of games. A mouthful of art: How many games do you recognize? How many have you played?

TSA Knocking on Doors to Seize Hardware

Wired has the story: Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt by the so-called underwear bomber. And the follow-up: In the…

Season’s Greetings

We are capable of such beauty and grace. May we all learn to ever reach for our best inherent qualities.

NORAD Santa-Tracking

The NORAD Santa-sighting updates have become a holiday tradition, quietly and with a remarkable lack of the late twentieth-century cynicism that too often mars our experience of things simple and sweet and innocent. In his article Behind the Scenes: NORAD’s Santa Tracker, reporter Daniel Terdiman fills in the history of this particularly…

Last Man Standing

Mental Floss posted this short film by Sean Dunne on Vimeo, excerpting an interview with 108-year-old Frank Woodruff Buckles: Buckles from Sean Dunne on Vimeo. What was it like for Frank Buckles, upon finally coming home from the war? “When I came back, the parades were all over. Nobody gave…

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