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Lawrence Winkler is a physician, traveler, and natural philosopher. His molecules have morphed from medicine to manuscript. He lives with Robyn on Vancouver Island and in New Zealand, tending their gardens and vineyards, and dreams.

Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?


The world’s largest monument is decades in the making and more than a little controversial.


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Posted: September 22, 2019, 12:44 am

This Inflatable Space Habitat Could House the Next Astronauts to Walk on the Moon

Bigelow Aerospace’s B330 will have its own life-support and propulsion systems.


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Posted: September 22, 2019, 12:39 am

Mother Lode



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Posted: September 21, 2019, 9:53 pm

Next Saturday

Mark your calendar.


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Posted: September 21, 2019, 4:15 pm

What Did Monet Eat in a Day?

Monet's Table: The cooking journals of Claude Monet.


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Posted: September 20, 2019, 1:02 am

Cashing In on Climate Change


The unlikely winemaker. The private firefighter. The Canadian farmer. Who’s trying to get rich off a crisis—and who’s just lucky. That ‘unlikely winemaker’ is me.


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Posted: September 20, 2019, 12:35 am

So You Want to Be a Writer?


A review of Why They Can’t Write by John Warner.


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Posted: September 18, 2019, 3:50 pm

Tramp Like Us



Can an American family learn to become outdoorsy in New Zealand, where the natural world is part of the national DNA? Sort of.


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Posted: September 18, 2019, 12:32 am

All of the Plastic Bottles Purchased in a Day,

 Eiffel Tower for scale.



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Posted: September 17, 2019, 12:28 am

Sleep Schedule

 From the inconsistent teenage years to retirement.


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Posted: September 17, 2019, 12:16 am

The Gravitational-Wave “Revolution” Is Underway


As the fourth anniversary of the first detection approaches, the field continues to mature—with a bright future ahead.


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Posted: September 17, 2019, 12:08 am

The Mental Block


Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science. Don’t believe the hype: the Hard Problem is here to stay.


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Posted: September 16, 2019, 1:18 am

11 Forgotten Books of the 1920s Worth Reading Now


Writers from the 1920s to prime you for the 2020s.


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Posted: September 16, 2019, 1:14 am

Dead Men of Leisure on Their Love of Fishing


‘I felt a great fish at the end of my line but it dropt in, and the disappointment vexeth me to this very day.’


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Posted: September 16, 2019, 1:11 am

Isn’t That Special

Invasive, bee-killing Asian giant hornets found in Nanaimo.


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Posted: September 14, 2019, 9:16 pm

Huge Decline in Songbirds Linked to Common Insecticide


Neonics—pesticides introduced to plants at the seed stage—act like an appetite suppressant for birds, making them lose weight within hours.


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Posted: September 14, 2019, 1:07 am

How Spider Silk is One of the Most Versatile Materials on Earth


Spiders spin webs out of silk, but they also use their threads as slingshots, submarines, and hang-gliders.


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Posted: September 14, 2019, 1:01 am

The Way Words Mean


Words stand for things in the world, and they stand apart from it. Perhaps meaning is more sunken into words than we realise?


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Posted: September 14, 2019, 12:55 am

Hype vs. Reality at the MIT Media Lab

My old Alma Mater.


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Posted: September 14, 2019, 12:51 am

Splitting the Universe


Hugh Everett blew up quantum mechanics with his Many-Worlds theory in the 1950s. Physics is only just catching up.


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Posted: September 13, 2019, 1:08 am

An Exoplanet Like No Other Yet Found


K2-18b probably can’t host life as we know it, but it orbits in a cosmic sweet spot where water vapor in the atmosphere could turn into liquid. Maybe I need to rewrite Void Vast Infinite...
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Posted: September 13, 2019, 1:03 am

A Working Night in the Life of a Poet-Turned-Sommelier


Rosie Schaap trails restaurant wine director Amanda Smeltz.


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Posted: September 13, 2019, 12:58 am

The Falling Man


An unforgettable story.


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Posted: September 13, 2019, 12:55 am

Space Elevator Dangled Off the Moon


Space elevators would dramatically reduce the cost of reaching space but have never been technologically feasible. Until now.


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Posted: September 13, 2019, 12:52 am

Page-Turner


How the Talmud became a Best-Seller in South Korea.


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Posted: September 13, 2019, 12:49 am
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