La dolce vita

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How sweet something tastes is clearly a matter of acclimation. When you cut sugar from your diet, your sense of sweetness gets “downregulated” in a few weeks. Afterwards, sweet things often taste too... READ MORE

Technology and magic

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People are wrong in many curious ways. A new one I noticed is assuming that a goal is silly, because people in the past tried to achieve it in silly ways. The thinking,... READ MORE

The Legasov principle

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People in all totalitarian societies are familiar with the difference between members of the power structures being “with them”, or merely “among them”. The first refers to true believers (or sociopaths) who are... READ MORE

The most adaptable thing in nature

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Tardigrades can survive an extremely broad range of environments, including: Temperatures between -272°C (a degree above absolute zero) and 150°C. Pressures between a hard vacuum and 6000 atmospheres (six times the pressure at... READ MORE

Why kids want to stay up late

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It took me a hell of a long time to figure out why 2-10 year olds absolutely insist on staying up way beyond what adults would consider a reasonable hour. “Nooo I don’t... READ MORE

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