Where have all the insects gone? Why Amazon is eating the world. Listeners prefer new violins and are unable to distinguish between new and old Italian violins. Review of Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann. On the work of the American architect Louis Kahn. Using homes as ATMs, not homebuying fervor, was to blame for the housing crisis. Cosmic inflation theory faces challenges. Two interesting books about owls. An amazing dinosaur find. And an interactive map of major sites around the world where fossils have been found.
Excerpt from The Upstarts, the new book by Brad Stone. Why whales leap into the air. How life turns asymmetric. What books would look like if they were reimagined as buildings. Neuroscience Needs Behavior. How life (and death) spring from disorder and some cartoon drawings by Gerhard Richter.
Short interview with Moshe Safdie about his Habitat 67 housing complex in Montreal.
Short documentary about and interview with Jean Nouvel.
Adam Curtis has a new film out, HyperNormalisation. Interview with Sir Andrew Wiles. Ten famous psychology findings that it’s been difficult to replicate. Interesting article about the work of artist/architect Madeline Gins. Slavoj Žižek on why we shouldn’t pity or romanticize refugees. The Financial Times has lunch (and an interesting conversation) with Edward Snowden. Random news you can use: you probably don’t need dental X-rays every year.