Patricia Lockwood on her meeting with the Pope.

Siddharta Mukherjee on all the carcinogens we cannot see. We routinely test for chemicals that cause mutations. What about the dark matter of carcinogens—substances that don’t create cancer cells but rouse them from their slumber?

Alex Ross’ list of notable classical recordings of 2023.

Researchers have created the largest atlas of human brain cells so far, revealing more than 3,000 cell types — many of which are new to science.

How Lea Ypi defines freedom.

The fate of free will. James Gleick reviews Free Agents by Kevin Mitchell.

Ed Ruscha. Bigger than actual size.

Gerhard Richter's love affair with Engadin. I prefer Wallis though.

Sitting alongside the neurons in your enteric nervous system are underappreciated glial cells, which play key roles in digestion and disease that scientists are only just starting to understand.

New York is undergoing a metamorphosis from a city dedicated to productivity to one built around pleasure, according to Edward Glaeser and Carlo Ratti. "We are witnessing the dawn of a new kind of urban area: the Playground City." The same transformation is happening in other cities around the world.

Quanta Magazine’s review of the year in physics, mathematics, computer science and biology.

Science’s 2023 breakthrough of the year: weight loss drugs with a real shot at fighting obesity. Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen is also the Financial Times Person of the Year.

A new book investigates the lives of the hundreds of thousands of indigenous Americans who were brought to or traveled to Europe in the sixteenth century—a story central to the beginning of globalization.

Ein Gespräch mit der Nobelpreisträgerin Swetlana Alexijewitsch in ihrem Berliner Exil über das Heimweh und die Zukunft des Widerstands.