A new study shows that a Nash equilibrium is often impossible to reach efficiently. Space may not be not what you think it is. The strange topology that is reshaping physics. Growing up as an untouchable. Hitchcock talks about lights, camera, action. On the clothing choices of the homeless. How Uber's hard-charging corporate culture left employees drained. An appreciation of Raphael.
A new gravitational wave discovery. Martin Scorsese on filmmaking. Newly discovered fossils in Morocco put the emergence of Homo Sapiens 100,000 years further back. Researchers at CalTech were able to reconstruct faces from neural population responses in the macaque brain. A new series by Chris Ware for the New Yorker. Amazing new picture of Jupiter. China's great rivers. Is conspicuous consumption over? It's better to regret something you have done than to regret something you haven't done. What it’s like to be struck by lightning. And the 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming.
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.
A conversation with Christof Koch, whether to walk on the escalator or not, Ben Bernanke on the implications of the zero lower bound, why people prefer unequal societies and some useful heuristics from the analytical philosophy tool kit
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.