Profiles of people with genius-level IQs.
Tuesday, October 23
“From all appearances, this place is still an earthly paradise. There is just one problem, though you could stare at this palm grove for a lifetime and never see it. The soil under our feet, whitish gray in color with flecks of coral, contains a radioactive isotope called cesium 137.”
“His seeming ease belies the anxiety and emotion that advisers say he brings to his historic position: pride in what he has accomplished, determination to acquit himself well and intense frustration.”
Monday, October 22
Life at Marvel Comics in the mid-1960s.An excerpt from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.
A tragic car crash, its lone survivor, and his reeling town.
On the origins of outbreaks.
Sunday, October 21
Saturday, October 20
Why the future feels frozen in time, as framed by Marshall McLuhan (“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”) and William Gibson (“The future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed.”)
Friday, October 19
Life inside Long Island’s largest cluster of sex offenders.