From hand grenades to nuclear bombs, modern weaponry across the world rests on aluminum-based technology.
Mimi Sheller | Aug 19
While a blackout can spark an eruption of sociability and friendliness, it can also be a harbinger of terror, crime, or chaos.
David E. Nye | Aug 14
The French philosopher René Descartes is often credited with discovering the mind-body problem, a mystery that haunts philosophers to this day. The reality is more complicated than that.
Jonathan Westphal | Aug 8
The very nature and purpose of SNAP, or food stamps, remains a point of contention between public health and anti-hunger communities.
Andrew Fisher | Aug 1
Karel Čapek's play "R.U.R." premiered in January 1921. Its influence cannot be overstated.
John M. Jordan | Jul 29
Literary utopias can provoke our critical faculties and open our minds to imaginative — and transformative — ideas.
Nick Montfort | Jul 25
A combination of greed, colonial mismanagement, and gross incompetence has brought Nauru, once dubbed ‘Pleasant Island,’ to the brink of collapse.
Peter Dauvergne | Jul 22
The evidence is far less clear than popular media might lead you to believe.
Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz | Jul 18
“You are not Proust. Do not write long sentences.”
Umberto Eco | Jul 8
How does one make a performance poem in the modern world? In “Subjoyride,” the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven leads the way, presenting a form of Dada “subvertising.”
Irene Gammel & Suzanne Zelazo | Jul 3