How to get back the time Covid stole. Yes, this depressing math can help you live a more fulfilled life.
A deepening crisis forces physicists to rethink the structure of nature’s laws.
A new analysis of W bosons suggests these particles are significantly heavier than predicted by the Standard Model of particle physics.
Language processing programs are notoriously hard to interpret, but smaller versions can provide important insights into how they work.
Tim Parks on the work of Dutch novelist Willem Frederik Hermans who deserves to be internationally recognized as the best post-war Dutch author.
Fredric Jameson on Olga Tokarczuk. “We have been approaching the figure of Jacob in a spirit of reverence, with hushed voices, as in church, as though he had a religious task or mission. What we have failed to understand is that the Messiah is come, not to fulfil the Law but to destroy it! Not to perfect it but rather to abolish it altogether.”
Patricia Lockwood on Franz Kafka.
Julian Barnes on Felix Valloton.
Excerpt from The Cloud Is Material: On the Environmental Impacts of Computation and Data Storage a study by Steven Gonzalez Monserrate. “The Cloud now has a greater carbon footprint than the airline industry. A single data center can consume the equivalent electricity of 50,000 homes.”
Pronounced loss of Amazon rainforest resilience since the early 2000s. “Deforestation and climate change, via increasing dry-season length and drought frequency, may already have pushed the Amazon close to a critical threshold of rainforest dieback.”
Elegant six-page proof reveals the emergence of random structure.
Biomechanical interactions, rather than neurons, control the movements of one of the simplest animals. The discovery offers a glimpse into how animal behavior worked before neurons evolved.
From the beginning, female self-portraitists have chosen to show themselves at work, as if to demonstrate that they could handle a brush as well as male artists.
Nicholas Mulder on the limits of economic sanctions. “Positive assistance for the victim, not just negative sanctions against the aggressor, should be a top priority for all those concerned about the survival of free nations.”
Vasily Grossman and the ‘ruthless truth’ of war. The clear-eyed chronicler of the darkest days of 20th-century history is startlingly relevant for the war in Ukraine.
As Russian forces have retreated from some parts of Ukraine, more and more evidence has emerged of summary executions, looting, and destruction.
Die Eltern von Natascha Wodin stammten aus dem einst von Deutschen zerstörten Mariupol. Nun ist es, als habe ihre Mutter ihr einen Brief aus ihrer Heimatstadt geschrieben.
A close reading of When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut.
Vermont, Dressed in Snow. For a longtime aerial photographer, snowfall in the Green Mountain State offered a fresh palette of possibility. By Caleb Kenna.