Astronomers say they’ve found many of the universe’s missing atoms.

Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history.

A conversation with Tim O'Reilly.

Islam and Economic Performance: Historical and Contemporary Links. New survey article by Timur Kuran, forthcoming in vol. 56 (2018) of the Journal of Economic Literature.

A conversation with Hélène Cixous (in German).

The Coming Software Apocalypse.

Life after mercury poisoning.

Russia’s turbulent century of revolutions, from Lenin to Putin, in less than 2,000 words.

Mata Hari wasn't a cunning spy after all.

An essay on the history of mathematical typography.

Contrary to popular belief there never was a real tulip fever.

How ether transformed surgery.

Of course, China, too, is investing heavily in AI.

A new history of the first peoples in the Americas.

Silicon Valley’s next target for disruption is socks (yes, socks). Some of the hiking models are pretty cool by the way. I want some!