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Gallery: Fantastical floating sculptures that will send your mind soaring

Artist Janet Echelman constructs massive fiber art pieces to encourage people to stop, look up and wonder. Standing beneath one of Janet Echelman’s giant, airy, uplifting pieces, you might just think a group of groovy extraterrestrial spiders have come to pay us a visit. The pieces, woven from...

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What If a Female CEO Acted Like Elon Musk?

On Thursday night, The New York Times published an interview with Elon Musk that offers a view into the billionaire entrepreneur’s life in the last year. Musk choked up “multiple times,” the Times reported in the story, and “alternated between laughter and tears.” He ex...

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Seeker's Bad Science podcast explores the zoological weirdness behind Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror film.

Here's a good word to keep in your back pocket: ornithophobia. It means fear of birds, and the psychiatric condition was famously celebrated — or perhaps stoked — in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 horror film The Birds. The film chronicles a series of unexplained and vicious bird attack...

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Machines will soon dominate the work force. Here’s an unexpected way to prepare … now

As we look ahead to a world with less work, or even no work, we can take control — by using our hours with greater meaning and purpose, says business thinker Tim Leberecht. Many of us divide our days into 8 hours of work, 8 hours of leisure and 8 hours of sleep. But what will happen when a lar...

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An Asteroid Named Aretha

In 2001, Aretha Franklin took the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She wore a bleach-white jumpsuit and feather boa, her hair teased up in her trademark style, glossy as obsidian. A guitar twanged over the cheers of a packed house. “What is that, Teddy?” Franklin said, ad...

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Scientists Finally Crack Wheat’s Absurdly Complex Genome

Scientists decoded the genome of rice in 2002. They completed the soybean genome in 2008. They mapped the maize genome in 2009. But only now has the long-awaited wheat genome been fully sequenced. That delay says nothing about wheat’s importance. It is arguably the most critical crop in the wo...

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Will Washington State Voters Make History on Climate Change?

Updated on August 15 at 4:30 p.m. ETThis November, voters in Washington State may do what no group of people—in or outside the United States—has done before.They will vote on whether to adopt a carbon fee, an aggressive policy to combat climate change that charges polluters for the right...

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Elephants Have a Secret Weapon Against Cancer

In 2012, on a whim, Vincent Lynch decided to search the genome of the African elephant to see if it had extra anti-cancer genes. Cancers happen when cells build up mutations in their DNA that allow them to grow and divide uncontrollably. Bigger animals, whose bodies comprise more cells, should there...

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What a Grieving Orca Tells Us

The first half of the killer whale’s scientific name—Orcinus orca—comes from the Latin for “of the realms of the dead.” For one population of orcas living in the waters of the Pacific Northwest, that etymology has taken on a newly dark resonance.Last month, a 20-year-ol...

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Want to really connect at your next family gathering? Try this.

Family stories are a treasure. But when you hear the same ones over and over, they can get tarnished. Facilitator Priya Parker shares the simple trick that led to an unforgettable evening for her and her loved ones. In my own life and in my 15 years of designing transformative gatherings, I’ve...


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