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The annual question from what should we be worried about?

A remarkable essay by Eugene Wigner on the The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences.

A look back at Aaron Schwartz's life in The New Yorker.

Here's the detailed story of the discovery of the Higgs boson in The New York Times by the renowned science writer Dennis Overbye.

You can't miss this Esquire interview with the Navy SEAL who actually shot bin Laden.

This is a fascinating article about the future by Bill Joy, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

Articles about the Iraq war in the New Yorker.

Engines of our Ingenuity —  a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity.

Jonah Lehrer articles from the New Yorker.

Jonah Lehrer article about memory in Wired.

An article about the human urge for exploration from the National Geographic.

Are you living in a computer simulation?

If you're in the mood to read about a mass shooter, here's a story from The New Yorker.

If you're a space buff like me, then surely you'll like this PBS video about Shuttle Columbia.

Or read this article about how there's more to life then being happy.

Here's an article about Aaron Swartz.

A great investigative piece about the exorbitant cost of healthcare in the U.S. in Time magazine.

An essay about Nora Ephron's final days written by her son from The New York Times.

Have you heard of Coursera? No? What! Were you hiding under a rock? This and EdX are just the entire future of education and lifelong learning for you and your kids. So brush up.

A TED talk about the secret to desire in a long term relationship.

All of the Modern Love essays from the New York Times.

The Emily Lakdawalla page on the Planetary Society site.

Don't forget to read this tale from the Financial Times about A Death in Singapore.

The recent hanging of Afzal Guru may have made you curious about the judgment of the Supreme Court of India. Here's the judgment.

An assessment of Margaret Thatcher.

The HBO series Girls is always being analyzed for some reason.

Prudie always offers good advice. This is an example of some particularly good answers to some tough issues.


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