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Don’t farm bugs

Insect farming bakes, boils and shreds animals by the trillion. It’s immoral, risky and won’t resolve the climate crisis

Jeff Sebo & Jason Schukraft

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Biology

Watch the elegant flow of a sheep herd, seen from the sky above Israel

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The sounds of space | Aeon
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How would a piano sound on Mars? Embark on an interplanetary sonic journey

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We’re all teenagers now | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

We’re all teenagers now

Adolescence isn’t a time of life so much as a frame of mind. Liberating yet damaging, it’s transformed the US and the world

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Work

Emergency first responders meet chaos with dissonant calm in this gripping short

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The divine Dante | Aeon
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Stories and literature

The divine Dante

At 700, Dante’s Divine Comedy is as modern as ever – a lesson in spiritual intelligence that makes us better at being alive

Mark Vernon

Plato’s Atlantis | Aeon
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The ancient world

Not a lost kingdom but a parable – how to read Athens in Plato’s story of Atlantis

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A non-Standard model | Aeon
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Cosmology

A non-Standard model

Most cosmologists say dark matter must exist. So far, it’s nowhere to be found. A widely scorned rival theory explains why

David Merritt

Attached | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

Attached

From cradle to grave, we are soothed and rocked by attachments – our source of joy and pain, and the essence of who we are

Mostafa El-Kalliny & Zoe R Donaldson

Is life meaningless? And other absurd questions | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

Albert Camus built a philosophy of humanity on a foundation of absurdity

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Vast early America | Aeon
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Nations and empires

Vast early America

There is no American history without the histories of Indigenous and enslaved peoples. And this past has consequences today

Karin Wulf

We were there to be there | Aeon
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Public health

When two punk bands came to a psychiatric hospital, beautiful chaos ensued

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Plagues and empires | Aeon
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Plagues and empires

What can the decline of the Roman Empire and the end of European feudalism tell us about COVID-19 and the future of the West?

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Gear up for a stylish celebration of vintage motorcycle design

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A good scrap | Aeon
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Social psychology

A good scrap

Disagreements can be unpleasant, even offensive, but they are vital to human reason. Without them we remain in the dark

Ian Leslie

A just and loving gaze | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

A just and loving gaze

Simone Weil: mystic, philosopher, activist. Her ethics demand that we look beyond the personal and find the universal

Deborah Casewell

Nero: the man behind the myth | Aeon
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The ancient world

A balanced account of Nero’s life reveals the ‘editing and destruction’ of history-making

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Is grandad on the moon? | Aeon
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Death

Is grandad on the moon?

We no longer have a clear sense of how to introduce our children to death. But their questions can help us face up to it

Pragya Agarwal

Rotifers: charmingly bizarre and often ignored | Aeon
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Biology

An ode to the humble rotifer – one of nature’s simplest and strangest creatures

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World wide open | Aeon
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World wide open

Deep brain stimulation not only treats psychiatric disease – it changes the whole person, boosting confidence and openness

Julian Kiverstein, Erik Rietveld & Damiaan Denys

Everything you wanted to know about sudden birth (but were afraid to ask) | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Shoddy filmmaking meets the miracle of life in a police training film turned cult classic

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Lies and honest mistakes | Aeon
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Virtues and vices

Lies and honest mistakes

Our crisis of public knowledge is an ethical crisis. Rewarding ‘truthfulness’ above ‘truth’ is a step towards a solution

Richard V Reeves