The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was

The Oysters That Knew What Time It Was

This story is adapted from The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars, by Jo Marchant.In February 1954 , a US biologist named Frank Brown discovered something so remarkable, so inexplicable, that his peers essentially wrote it out of history. Brown had dredged a batch of Atlantic oysters from the seabed off New Haven, Connecticut, and…

How to Listen to More Podcasts

How to Listen to More Podcasts

With commutes cut, gyms closed, and pandemic cleaning completed, you might be finding it difficult to keep up with all of your podcast downloads. Episodes for your existing subscriptions accumulate while your idle time on the internet means you discover new podcasts to try, such as shows dedicated to Covid or those recommended for kids…

I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder

I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder

Scottie Pippen wanted a different seat. “Am I in the back row?” he drawled in his famously beautiful baritone. The third playoff game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics was about to begin. The former Chicago Bulls small forward was mellow, courteous—and steadfast in his rejection of a subpar vantage point while gracing the…

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS

For decades, Mac users had to worry less about malware than their Windows-using counterparts, but over the last few years that’s begun to change. In an attempt to crack down on growing threats like adware and ransomware, in February Apple began “notarizing” all macOS applications, a vetting process designed to weed out illegitimate or malicious…