Have you ever wondered why ice floats and water is such a freaky liquid? Or why chilis and mustard are both hot but in different ways? Or why microwaves don't cook from the inside out? In this fascinating scientific tour of household objects, The One Show presenter and all-round science bloke Marty Jopson has the answer to all of these and many more baffling questions about the chemistry and physics of the everyday stuff we use every day.
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The New Yorker's blend of reporting, commentary, criticism, fiction, and cartoons has garnered 36 National Magazine Awards since its debut in 1925 - more than any other publication. Edited by Pulitzer Prize winner David Remnick, the magazine has had only five editors in its 80-year history. Each week, Audible and the editorial staff of The New Yorker work together to select a variety of the issue's best articles from The Talk of the Town, Fiction, The Critics, and more. Each article is read in its entirety. The New Yorker is available in audio exclusively at audible.com.
Biologists have solved the mystery of one of our most misunderstood, poorly recognized, and inadequately treated medical disorders. This article was published in the August 2008 edition of Scientific American.
In the third Quarterly Essay of 2003, Germaine Greer suggests that embracing Aboriginality is the only way Australia can fully imagine itself as a nation. In this sweeping and magisterial work, she looks at the interdependence of black and white and suggests not how the Aborigine question may be settled, but rather how a sense of being Aboriginal might save the soul of Australia. Touching on everything from Henry Lawson to multiculturalism, Greer argues that Australia must enter the Aboriginal "web of dreams".
World politics is entering a new phase, in which the great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of international conflict will be cultural.
Conventional wisdom about the 1953 coup in Iran rests on the myth that the CIA toppled the country's democratically elected prime minister. In reality, the coup was primarily a domestic Iranian affair, and the CIA's impact was ultimately insignificant.
John Howard has the loudest voice in Australia. He has cowed his critics, muffled the press, intimidated the ABC, gagged scientists, silenced NGOs, censored the arts, prosecuted leakers, criminalised protest and curtailed parliamentary scrutiny. Though touted as a contest of values, this has been a party-political assault on Australia's liberal culture. In the name of "balance", the Liberal Party has muscled its way into the intellectual life of the country. And this has happened because we let it happen.
Biotechnology might offer the best way to keep some endangered species from disappearing from the planet. Robert Lanza, Betsy Dresser, and Philip Damiani investigate in "Cloning Noah's Ark."
In this issue: "Game Time for Twitter: Jack Dorsey's Big Bet on Live Events"; "How Google Is Schooling Apple and Microsoft in the Battle for America's Classrooms"; "How Kanye, Alexa Chung, and Other Mavericks Are Changing Fashion Forever"; "Adidas Makes a Play for Women"; "How David Adjaye Told the Story of the African-American Experience—With a Building"; "Sam Adams's Secret Weapon for Winning Back the American Craft Drinker"; and "What the First Mac's Failure Teaches Us about VR".
Sometime this century, after 4 billion years, some of Earth's regulatory systems will pass from control through evolution by natural selection, to control by human intelligence. Will humanity rise to the challenge? This landmark essay by Tim Flannery is about sustainability, our search for it in the 21st century, and the impact it might have on the environmental threats that confront us today. Flannery discusses in detail three potential solutions to the most pressing of the sustainability challenges: climate change.
"Why do we ignore our best advisors?"
In this issue: "To Serve or Not to Serve" by Amy Davidson; "Aftermath": "A Democratic Opposition" by George Packer; "Health of the Nation" by Atul Gawande; "Bryant Park: A Memoir" by Hilary Mantel; "Four-Cornered Flyover" by Peter Hessler; "Mourning for Whiteness" by Toni Morrison; "The Dark-Money Cabinet" by Jane Mayer; "On Saying No" by Evan Osnos; "The Highest Court" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Donald Trump, Poet" by Mary Karr; "Wars Within" by Jill Lepore; "Dystopia" by Gary Shteyngart; "Radical Hope" by Junot Díaz; "Esmé in Neverland" by Jill Lepore; and "Predators" by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "Playing the Long Game Inside Tim Cook's Apple": iPhone sales have slumped, stock is down, and pundits insist Apple is a tech laggard. But the company may be stronger than ever. "Can American Apparel's CEO Mend Its Seams?": Paula Schneider is attempting to lead the infamous L.A. basics brand forward. "SoulCycle Wants You to Join Its Tribe": SoulCycle's high-energy, candlelit, spiritual workouts have grown into a national phenomenon. What would you pay to feel part of it? "How Hampton Creek's Plant-Based Foods Have Scrambled the Grocery Aisle".
This event was recorded live at the 2006 New Yorker Festival in New York City.
Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk who trained as a cellular biologist before he left France to become a student of Buddhism in the Himalayas; Antoine Lutz, a research scientist at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research; and Richard J. Davidson, director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, report on how neuroscience has demonstrated that meditation has tangible and significant benefits for both body and mind.
What is the Liberal Party's core appeal to Australian voters? Has John Howard made a dramatic break with the past, or has he ingeniously modernised the strategies of his party's founder, Sir Robert Menzies? For Judith Brett, the government of John Howard has done what successful Liberal governments have always done: it has presented itself as the true guardian of the national interest. Full of provocative ideas, Relaxed & Comfortable will change the way Australians see the last decade of national politics.
Scientists usually shy away from using the word miracle - unless they’re talking about the gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9. “You can do anything with CRISPR,” some say. Others just call it amazing.
In Love & Money, Anne Manne looks at the religion of work - its high priests and sacrificial lambs. As family life and motherhood feel the pressure of the market, she asks whether the chief beneficiaries are self-interested employers and child-care corporations. Manne argues that devaluing motherhood - still central to so many women's lives - has done feminism few favours. For women on the frontline of the work-centred society, it has made for hard choices. Manne eloquently tells what happened when feminism adapted itself to the free market.
From the Hillsong Church to the Family First Party, Australia appears to be experiencing an evangelical revival. In the second Quarterly Essay for 2006, Amanda Lohrey investigates that revival - its shape and scope, and what it means for the mainstream churches and the nation's politics. She talks to young believers and analyses the machinations of the Christian Right. She discusses, with humour and insight, the appeal of the megachurch, the changing image of Jesus and the political theories of George Pell and Peter Jensen.
In the second Quarterly Essay of 2005, Gail Bell investigates Australia's depression epidemic. Why, she wonders, do well over a million Australians now take anti-depressant drugs? This is a fresh, frank and independent look at the depression culture and the move to medicalise sadness. Bell examines how the prescription culture operates, scrutinising the role of big drug companies and GPs and talking to those who take - and don't take - the new anti-depressants, from anxious students to lonely retirees.
This special edition of Scientific American contains six articles full of remarkable insights into the inner workings of your body and your mind. How does your biological clock keep you running? How does your brain make chronological sense of your experiences and memories? You'll also hear how scientists are striving to understand time, from its very origins to the possibility of a time machine. And, you'll get a fascinating history of the timepiece.
Get up to speed with what’s going on in the world with The Washington Post. You'll get the must-hear stories covering politics, global news, ideas and controversy, arts and entertainment.
In this issue: "How Bad Will Trump Be for Climate Policy?" by David Victor; "Trump's Impact on Clean-Energy Businesses" by Peter Fairley; "Amazon's Next Big Move: Take Over the Mall" by Nicholas Carr; "Mark Zuckerberg Is Funding a Facebook for Human Cells" by Antonio Regalado; "Web Pioneer Tries to Incubate a Second Digital Revolution" by Tom Simonite; "The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers" by Mara Hvistendahl; "On Patrol with America's Top Bioterror Cop" by Antonio Regalado; "Companies Bet on Designer Bacteria as New Way to Treat Disease" by Antonio Regalado.
In this issue: "2016 World Changing Ideas": 10 big advances with the potential to solve problems and improve life for all of us. "Solar System Smashup": Our neighborhood of planets was not created slowly, as scientists once thought, but in a speedy blur of high-energy crashes, destruction and rebuilding. "HIV's Achilles Heel": Investigators hope that a three-part protein that mimics a key part of HIV particularly well could lead to a long-awaited vaccine.
In this issue: "Kevin Hart's Funny Business": The most successful comedian in the world is also the most productive. "Super-agents Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel Are Building the Future of Hollywood": WME-IMG co-CEOs Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel are blending live events and digital to upend the entertainment business with violent speed. "Inside the IRC": How a visionary aid organization is using technology to help refugees. "The Future of Neighborhoods": Five projects that show how we'll live.
Researchers calculate each person’s contribution to loss.
"Arctic Summer May Be Iceless by 2050" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Astronomers detect a plethora of star-starved giants.
"Astronomers Detect a Plethora of Star-Starved Giants" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Superfluid Bose-Einstein condensates given crystal structures.
"Supersolids Made From Exotic Matter" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
In mice, proteins linked to the disease moved up to the brain.
"Parkinson’s May Begin in the Gut" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Artificial amyloids give insight into neurodegenerative diseases.
"Protein Mobs Selectively Kill Brain Cells" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Baboon study reveals risks of malnutrition during pregnancy.
"Heart Problems Tied to Mom’s Diet" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
In monkeys, pupil size is related to perception of duration.
"Eyes Offer Peek at Brain’s Timekeepers" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Microbes may have been lurking in British rodents for centuries.
"Red Squirrels Harbor Leprosy Bacteria" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Searching the barnyard and zoo for the evolutionary roots of human number crunching.
"Animal Math" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
Insomnia, other problems may raise risk of atrial fibrillation.
"Poor Sleep Tied to Heart Rhythm Issue" is from the December 10, 2016 issue of Science News.
In this issue: "Transitions" by Amy Davidson; "Taking Trolls to Court" by Margaret Talbot; "Art Without Walls" by Calvin Tomkins; "The Teacher" by James Wood; and "Wives and Husbands" by Anthony Lane.