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July 28, 2015 Here at 13.7, we spend considerable time thinking about the similarities between art and science. Adam Frank, now, takes a look at one way they may differ.
July 20, 2015 While negative stereotypes are obviously harmful, new research shows that positive stereotypes — like assuming blanket qualities of a female leader — aren't so great either, says Tania Lombrozo.
July 17, 2015 If robots pose a danger, it's because, like cars, cranes and jackhammers, they're heavy machinery operating outside the performance specifications of flesh and blood human beings, says Alva Noë.
Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek.
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July 16, 2015 Are vegan diets good for athletes? Ultrarunners, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, show us the answer is "yes."
July 14, 2015 Whether or not they involve genuine abstraction, words offer a way to reason and communicate — a respite from the tyranny of the specific, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.
Storms over the Bay of Bengal.
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July 9, 2015 When you fly, is it all about the cramped cabin? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews a pilot whose book reconnects us to the joys of flying through the clouds.
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Lewis Black, who voices "Anger," attends the Los Angeles premiere of "Inside Out" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles.
July 5, 2015 There is something downright terrifying about the new Pixar movie's nihilistic conception of ourselves as zombie puppets living in a confabulated universe, says commentator Alva Noë.
July 2, 2015 Unusual clusters of great white sharks are occurring just off a California beach where anthropologist Barbara J. King recently spent time, leading her to reflect on how much of nature is unseen by us.
June 25, 2015 A new book delves deeply, and emotionally, into the intelligence of octopuses. Giving it a rave review, anthropologist Barbara J. King says it may be time to offer captive octopuses their freedom.
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Jurassic World on June 9.
June 23, 2015 The movie's message is that, unable to learn from past mistakes, man remains morally in the caves — but with access to increasingly more powerful technologies, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
June 15, 2015 A new book about motherhood among Manhattan's elite has garnered a lot of attention. Commentator Tania Lombrozo suggests our obsession with parenting among the privileged stems from our own anxiety.
June 11, 2015 Coloring for adults is an activity surging in popularity. Commentator Barbara J. King discovers that coloring engages her senses, even easing, a bit, her grief at the loss of a parent.
June 10, 2015 Commentator Marcelo Gleiser examines whether there is truth to the phrase "ignorance is bliss," delving into the nature of physical reality and the limits of knowledge.
June 3, 2015 We have to start asking ourselves how long we are going to ignore what is obvious — that our meat-eating culture is not environmentally sustainable, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.
Rembrant's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.
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May 29, 2015 The artist's painting of a medical school demonstration is more than just a picture; it is an occasion for thinking about the ways sight and thought, art and science, need each other, says Alva Noë.
May 22, 2015 Commentator Alva Noë weighs in on the Late Rembrandt exhibit at the Rijksmuseum — and what he took away from some of the artist's portraits.
May 21, 2015 Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews Harvard University's Susan Greenhalgh, author of the new Fat-Talk Nation, who says one surprise is that compliments on weight loss may do more harm than good.
An orca swims with its baby at the Marineland animal exhibition park in Antibes, France, in 2013.
May 14, 2015 Amid recent public discourse on animal welfare, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores the role that science plays in how we think about, and treat, animals.
Drawings of animal figures in the life-size replica of Chauvet Cave in southern France.
May 7, 2015 Animal images painted 35,000 years ago at France's Chauvet Cave can now be seen in replica. Anthropologist Barbara J. King says this is much more than "fake" art.
May 5, 2015 The breakdown of time, the time that has been pacing your life since your birth, was born through technology. Living by the clock has changed the way we view the world, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
May 4, 2015 A short and poignant poem for mothers, discovered accidentally by commentator Tania Lombrozo.
The Last of Us is a video game that breaks the traditional narrative form of storytelling in games.
April 28, 2015 For some people, "video game" doesn't conjure up images of anything considered worthwhile. But some games, like The Last of Us, belong to a time-honored story genre, says commentator Adam Frank.
April 27, 2015 Genetically modified foods are often regarded as "unnatural" and approached with distrust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind these reactions.
A view of a phytoplankton bloom near Alaska's Pribilof Islands. The milky green and light blue shading of the water indicates the presence of vast populations of microscopic phytoplankton.
April 22, 2015 On this Earth Day, Marcelo Gleiser points us to a trailer of the new movie, which calls for a change in perspective — a new way of relating to each other and to the planet.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has the ball but the New York Mets' David Wright is safe on an eighth-inning stolen base in New York on Tuesday.
April 17, 2015 The new baseball season is underway, and commentator Alva Noë, a first-time Little League coach, is struck by what Little League and the professional game share in common.
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