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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.

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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:54 am

Massive Forest Restoration Could Greatly Slow Global Warming


The right trees, planted in the right locations, could store 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:50 am

The Contemporary Adventure Canon


What does it mean to be a well-read outdoorsperson in 2019? We have 54 new ideas. 


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:46 am

Discover Italy’s Most Delicious Secret


Sunny and savory Calabria is the culinary gem you’ve never heard of.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:44 am

Yes, Life in the Fast Lane Kills You


New insights into mitochondria reveal how life expends energy.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:39 am

The Computer Maverick Who Modeled the Evolution of Life


Nils Aall Barricelli showed that organisms evolved by symbiosis and cooperation.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:37 am

The Duke in His Domain


Marlon Brando, on location.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:28 am

A Theory of Jerks


Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:26 am

Nestlé

 Is sucking the world’s aquifers dry.


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Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:22 am

The Unbearable Smugness of Walking


Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit.


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Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:35 am

Rudyard Kipling in America


What happened to the great defender of Empire when he settled in the States?


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Posted: July 15, 2019, 4:32 am

The Metamorphosis


AI will bring many wonders. It may also destabilize everything from nuclear détente to human friendships. This will be unveiled in The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa.



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Posted: July 15, 2019, 3:06 am

The Troubling Business of Bounty Hunting

It’s a mess for pretty much everyone caught up in a broken system.


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Posted: July 15, 2019, 3:01 am

The Best Cookbooks of the Century

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Posted: July 15, 2019, 1:52 am

In Logic, Inconsistency is the Cardinal Sin, and Consistency the First of the Virtues.

How ad hominem arguments can demolish appeals to authority. 


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Posted: July 12, 2019, 1:24 am

Sam Shepard Saw It All Coming


The family battles he described foreshadowed our current national crisis.


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Posted: July 12, 2019, 1:19 am

Bless Us, O Instagram


The social media site has popularized grain bowls, kale smoothies—and a new form of prayer.


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Posted: July 12, 2019, 1:16 am

Truth and Consequences


Untruth has been spreading with new ease and abandon, and often to undemocratic effect.


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Posted: July 12, 2019, 1:14 am

‘Siberian Maldives’ is Actually a Toxic Dump


Russian lake that has sparked social media frenzy is full of metal oxides from coal ash.


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Posted: July 12, 2019, 1:09 am

Cannonball-Eating Spanish Forts


The secret is inside the walls themselves. As I explained in Orion’s Cartwheels.


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Posted: July 12, 2019, 1:03 am

Well, Well...

Lookee here...




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Posted: July 11, 2019, 8:53 pm

Decoding the Language of Neurons


A new study reveals surprising variations in the neural code.


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Posted: July 11, 2019, 12:55 am

Remembering João Gilberto


Eccentricity was inseparable from this musical innovator’s artistic vision.


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Posted: July 11, 2019, 12:48 am

Zen Terror


Master Nissho Inoue and his band of assassins teach some uncomfortable truths about terrorism, for those who will hear.


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Posted: July 11, 2019, 12:45 am

Is Failure the New Literary Success?



From memoir and self-care books to comic novels, writing about our flaws and imperfections has never been so popular. But can failing ever be a success?


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Posted: July 11, 2019, 12:38 am
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