by Timothy Morton | 12.28.2010
Unless an elaborate Sokal hoax in reverse is being played on Research in Microbiology, a slime mold can navigate its way around a maze. And that's not all folks: bacteria send one another chemical signals, a phenomenon now called quorum sensing.
by Alec Hanley Bemis | 12.24.2010
Generally speaking I find Christmas to be a bummer time of year. Quiet too quiet. Friends have headed home. Not enough ambient buzz to distract me from...A few months ago I began advising a young pop musician from New York named Ian Axel. He's recorded a holiday song with an equally young YouTube phenom named Julia Nunes.
by Gregory Jusdanis | 12.23.2010
Another autumn and a whole stack of promotion and tenure files to look at. The phrase “gold standard,” attached to peer-reviewed articles, always strikes me. In the ladder of the evaluation process, the peer-reviewed article stands proudly and invincibly at the top. The more of these you have, the more unassailable your dossier.
by Cecile Alduy | 12.23.2010
I love words. And I love books. And I have been known to fall in love with a couple databases (specifically those I don’t have to compile myself).
by Brian Reed | 12.22.2010
Last year I wrote a "best of 2009" post for Arcade.  This year I want to do something different.  I want to share someone else's list.  Part of it, anyway.
by William Flesch | 12.22.2010
Algernon. Do you really keep a diary? I’d give anything to look at it. May I? Cecily. Oh no. [Puts her hand over it.] You see, it is simply a very young girl’s record of her own thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication.
by Irakli Zurab Kakabadze | 12.21.2010
The postmodern world is filled with different contradictions. By 2001 it became obvious that the discourse of postmodern civilization is deeply entrenched in the so called Identity Politics that feeds different kinds of religious fundamentalism, ethnocentric nationalism, xenophobia and other social ills of our times.
by Andrew Goldstone | 12.17.2010
A quick reaction to "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books."