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Cosmologists Conflict Over the Origin of the Universe

In 1981, many of the world’s leading cosmologists gathered at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a vestige of the coupled lineages of science and theology located in an elegant villa in the gardens of the Vatican. Stephen Hawking chose the august setting to present what he would later regard as his most important idea: a…

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In Praise of Dadfluencers

All around me, I see good dads. They’re kissing boo-boos at the park, rushing to pick their kids up from daycare, they’re posting proud photos on Instagram and funny conversations they have with their children on Twitter and Facebook. The role of fathers in America is rapidly evolving, with millennial dads on average far more…

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Snow Prime’s Fireplace Pit Makes Me Admire Tenting Over again

I first saw Snow Peak’s pack-and-carry fire pit at Snow Peak Way, the cult outdoor brand’s yearly camping retreat. A few fire pits were set up in the field, deep in the wooded recesses of the Columbia River Gorge. Kids of all ages gathered around them, helping themselves to marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers, while…

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Curiosities Garden in Lyon, France

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Stamp Bischof’s Studio in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Below street level on a quiet street in Amsterdam-Oost, you can find the studio of artist Mark Bischof, who makes kinetic installations. This place makes you wonder what else lies hidden in the basements of Amsterdam houses. Bischof is a musician and an artist who works with wood and metals to make kinetic installations. Visit…

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China’s Bioluminescent Blue Tears Are Inspiring and Associated With Toxic Blooms

Red Noctiluca scintillans leave neon trails along beaches near Taiwan’s Matsu Islands. Yu-Xian Yang/Lienchiang county government/TaiwanAlong the Chinese coast of the East China Sea and around Taiwan’s Matsu Islands, depending on the time of the year, fluorescent blue sparkles dance across the ocean’s surface. It sounds—and looks—like something dreamed up by Pixar, but China’s “blue…