Life

Tortured By the Strings

Jonah Lehrer asks what happens in the brain to give music the kind of unique, uncanny power that Ton Koopman's organ performance exudes in spades. Video and quotes after the jump.

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Black Widow Hospitality

Wasteful predation might not be a mistake for the occasionally post-coitally cannibalistic black widow spider. Instead, having extra food around may help put a skittish potential mate's fears to rest.

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Great Animated GIFs of Science

Robust and primitive, is the GIF the nematode of online imagery? it's as if C. elegans had swum down through the aeons to intersect with an image-making format engineered to express its qualities.

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Everlastingly Strange

G. K. Chesterton: "The simplest truth about man is that he is a very strange being; almost in the sense of being a stranger on the earth."

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