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In ‘Ex Machina,’ a Robo Babe Raises Powerful Questions

In the spirit of cautionary prophesies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Demon Seed,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Her,” Alex Garland’s provocative film raises questions of gender, ethics and existentialism. 

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How to Clone a Mammoth

If we could bring back extinct species, should we? This is one of the questions explored by Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary biologist who takes the fantastic to a higher level with her new book, “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.”

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AUDIO: ‘The Amazon Is Not for Sale’: a Poem About the Destruction of the Environment for Profit

L.E. Goldstein’s lyrical lines fill the imagination with the beauty of an area that is quickly becoming one of the many casualties of a world overrun with capitalist greed and corruption.

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The Making of a Man

A Dutch journalist, revealing his own body’s transition from female to male under the influence of testosterone, allows us to see gender as simply one component of the complicated human experience.

Posted on May 8, 2015 READ MORE



Techno-Art of the Moment, Featuring Laura Poitras, Ai Weiwei and the Mona Lisa

“Seven on Seven: Empathy and Disgust,” a New York event, couples artists with technologists or activists and gives them 24 hours to produce something. And those “somethings” turn out to be most interesting.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Scream’ and the Cuban Missile Crisis Still Echo

Edvard Munch’s painting has become trivialized and the 1962 crisis largely forgotten, but the possible Armageddon they both evoke remains a very real threat.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



At Home in Exile, an Ode to the Richness of Jewish Diaspora Life

In his new book, Alan Wolfe presents his view that Jewish universalism is rooted in “the passion for justice that so moved the Hebrew prophets.”

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‘Still Death’: a Hard-Hitting Poem About Predator Drones (Audio)

Jill McDonough’s poem drives home the idea that when it comes to the many lives taken in our ongoing drone wars, “On the screen or on the ground, death observed is still death.”

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Galileo’s Middle Finger

As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE


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