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Are We Living in a Simulated Universe?

If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? Physicist Silas Beane of the University of Bonn, Germany, thinks he has the answer. His paper "Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation" has been submitted to the journal Physical Review D.

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher was intended by its studio and its producer/star Tom Cruise as spirited holiday-vacation entertainment, a fun action movie that would surely launch a franchise and print money for a long time to come. Instead, the movie has the bad fortune to be the first violent thriller to appear post-Newtown. Show More Summary

The Day I Almost Shot My Father

When I was 8 or 9 years old, I almost shot my father. When I say almost, I mean I loaded two 12-gauge shotgun shells into a side-by-side shotgun, snapped it closed, and walked down the hallway to his study, where he was working. I remember the gray runner that lined the center of the floor, and the wood slats on either side. Show More Summary

The Big Fail

Anyone paying attention to the goat rodeo formerly known as the House of Representatives knew, before noon on Thursday, that Republicans were screwed. At an 11:10 a.m. press conference, held near the Capitol’s statue of Will Rogers,Show More Summary

Genetically Monetized Food

Over the past several years I have spent a great deal of time in high-security, limited-access genetic modification laboratories. While researching my latest book, I peered at glow-in-the-dark grapes (their seeds spiked with jellyfish...Show More Summary

The Eight Best Technologies of 2012

2012 wasn’t a breakthrough year for tech. We didn’t get an innovative new category-bursting device—the Apple TV remains a pipe dream and Microsoft’s Surface was, for me, a dud. Many startups, meanwhile, seemed like they were offering new takes on ideas the tech world has been playing with for a while. (How many ride-sharing services does the world need?)

And the Loveliest Tree in America Is …

Like so many little toddlers of yore, my sister and I would sit for hours on plastic potties and stare at our Christmas tree in a state of undiluted rapture. Try as I might to recapture that long ago feeling of exquisite yuletide intoxication, I have never succeeded … until last week. Show More Summary

Will Fast Food Turn Healthy Next Year?

One of the least-noticed elements of Obamacare is a federal rule requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on their menus starting in 2013. Similar laws have been enacted already on a state or local basis in several jurisdictions,...Show More Summary

Do You Smell What I Smell?

The skies are heavy, the wind, bitter and wet; all nature conspires to push us indoors, inviting us to take comfort in our homes and hearths. It’s only natural in a dreamy season such as this that we should often drift off, guiltlessly...Show More Summary

Dexter, Season 7

Hey Dexter, I have fallen out of love with you. Your leonine scruff hasn’t changed, or the twinkle in your eyes (even now, I can’t say for certain whether they’re brown or green). You still shed charm like water and you protect yourShow More Summary

What Did Kids Read Before Hans Christian Andersen?

Danish historian Esben Brage has discovered a previously unknown story written by Hans Christian Andersen, the 19 th -century author responsible for such children's classics as "The Little Mermaid," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The...Show More Summary

Gifts for Gadget Lovers

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Why White Tigers Should Go Extinct

A white tiger is a striking creature. Tigers are always impressive animals, but when you take away the orange, the result is a big cat that looks like a phantom out of a dream. They seem almost magical, and yet I firmly believe that the world would be a better place if there was not a single white tiger in it.

Myths of the Mall Attack

Thanks to mobile phones, Twitter, and instant publishing, you can read all about the latest mass shooting within minutes. The trouble is, much of what you’re reading, even days afterward, is false. First come the erroneous, inference-riddled hearsay accounts from confused marginal witnesses. Show More Summary

The Best Jazz Albums of 2012

It’s been a solid year for jazz recordings: no truly great new albums (I doubt that any of them will make the decade’s top 10 list at the end of 2019), but all of the ones below are very good.

Drones for the Holidays

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