Review of Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution by Menno Schilthuizen. The Dutch edition, which was published this spring, has already won one literary award.

The big meltdown. As the Antarctic Peninsula heats up, the rules of life there are being  ripped apart. Alarmed scientists aren’t sure what all the change means for the future. Excellent reporting by National Geographic.

Interview with Bruno Latour.

Profile of astrochemist and winner of the 2018 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics Ewine van Dishoeck, who has shown that the process of star and planet formation is intimately linked to the molecular makeup of the interstellar clouds  that drape the galaxies.

Boston Dynamics' robot dog can now perform a short dance routine. And Atlas can do Parkour.

Shred the Love. The Director's Cut. Definitely one of the defining artworks of our time.

On the appeal of Stoicism.

Repackaging Stoicism in the 21st Century. I too find comfort in stoicism, although I agree with Hegel that the goal of philosophy is not peace of mind.

The world’s strongest MRI machines are pushing human imaging to new limits. Researchers look to scanners with 10.5-tesla magnets and beyond for unprecedented detail about the brain. I still remember the excitement  when the first 5-tesla machines were introduced.

Can optical illusions fool Artificial Intelligence too? Spoiler: yes they can.