The British and Irish have coined some fabulous terms to describe nature and landscrape. “Doofers” is the Scots’ term for horse-shit; “clinkerbell” means icicle in Hampshire.
Friday, February 27
Identical twins in Pennsylvania have the same genes, the same upbringing, similar adult lives. And yet one crucial difference may have made one of them sick.
Thursday, February 26
The flawed science that helped convict a Tennessee man of murder.
Wednesday, February 25
It isn’t easy to find out the truth about the benefits of male circumcision.
Tuesday, February 24
“Okay,” I said. “What do you think is the percentage chance that I’m right?”
“I don’t know,” she said. “Five percent?”
Monday, February 23
A friendship born of mutual interest in birding stretches across the Berlin Wall.
Friday, February 20
Prospecting for gold is still a live trade in America, if you’re willing to walk deep into the desert with a hand-drawn map.
Wednesday, February 18
It’s not just the virus that stands in the way, it’s bureaucratic logistics, and the frightening look of those hazmat suits.
Wednesday, February 11
Walter Pitts, who helped develop the “first mechanistic theory of the mind,” was so brilliant he was once been invited to study with Bertrand Russell. He was also homeless.
Tuesday, February 10
Trying to make sense our current age of disbelief.
Monday, February 9
Inside the world of special operations weather technicians, “the Department of Defense’s only commando forecasters.”
Sunday, February 8
On former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith, who died Saturday, and his battle with dementia.