The typical American consumes more than 100,000 words a day, and remembers none of them. When everybody’s reading, but nobody’s smarter, what value has the word?
Recent astronomical discoveries have expanded our understanding of the universe—and messed up godhead performance reviews.
Call it Kreider’s Law: You can’t be grateful to be alive your entire life. Especially when there’s an arms race going on inside your head.
Ignore the critics: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is not only a serious, complex comment on space policy, it’s a heartbreaking, philosophical look at the value of time.
If you can’t wait to find out what 2015 will bring—from John Galliano’s Cosby sweaters to Jenny McCarthy getting polio—wait no longer. (Spoilers ahead.)
Orangutans are some of humans’ closest relatives, genetically. They also rarely exhibit aggression, despite how we’ve abused them. One is different.
A Seattle painter creates friendly portraits of volcanoes in part to mitigate fears of complete system failure.
All the magic of the Mojave Desert, or the Amazon rainforest, can be found in the salt marshes of New Jersey.
When a genetic disease looms, we’re more like our parents than we’d like to believe—and when we become parents, that fear only grows.
Portraits of scientists, explorers, and other “professional dreamers” who have found their way to the North Pole.
At the dawn of 2014, we anticipate what will happen in our new year. This is what will happen.
We gathered writers and thinkers to consider everything that happened over the past 12 months and asked them: What were the most important events of 2013—and what were the least?