Learn how we doubled life expectancy in the last 150 years. Plus: “impossible” quasicrystals formed from nuclear bombs.
Additional resources from Steven Johnson:
Pick up "Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer": https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/594501/extra-life-by-steven-johnson/
The first nuclear detonation created "impossible" quasicrystals shaped like 20-sided dice by Briana Brownell
Castelvecchi, D. (2021). First nuclear detonation created “impossible” quasicrystals. Nature, 593(7860), 487–487. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-01332-0
Bindi, L., Kolb, W., Eby, G. N., Asimow, P. D., Wallace, T. C., & Steinhardt, P. J. (2021). Accidental synthesis of a previously unknown quasicrystal in the first atomic bomb test. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(22), e2101350118. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2101350118
Università degli Studi di Firenze. (2021). Quasicrystals in the first nuclear explosion [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkuLjTlUO7A
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Learn about the “second brain” in your gut; what makes Jupiter’s atmosphere so hot; and why placebo buttons are useful.
The 'second brain' in your gut might have evolved before the brain in your head by Cameron Duke
Nield, D. (2021). The “Second Brain” in Your Gut Might Have Evolved Before The...
Learn about the dark side of likes and shares; how cuttlefish memory stays sharp in old age; and bouba and kiki shapes.
Likes and shares push people to express "moral outrage" by Steffie Drucker
Brady, W. J., McLoughlin, K., Doan, T. N., & Crockett, M. J. (2021). How social learning...
Learn about the harmful effects of the “mass hysteria” label; why you say “like”; and the link between beauty and moral worth.
Additional resources from neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan and further reading about the 2011 "mass hysteria" at LeRoy Junior-Senior High School:
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