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Sherlock Holmes, the mindful detective

Sherlock Holmes, the mindful detective

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking, 2013). Cover design: Francesca Belanger Today marks the official US release of my new book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.

January 3, 2013 — Maria Konnikova
Twelve - Okay, Eight - Months of Rosetta Stones, Plus Reader Extras

Twelve - Okay, Eight - Months of Rosetta Stones, Plus Reader Extras

One tradition in the Hunter household is that things always fall apart over the winter holiday season. This year, the cable quit in a snit, and the computer decided tonight that speaking to the internet was not part of its job description.

January 3, 2013 — Dana Hunter
How North Korea Fuels Its Military Trucks With Trees

How North Korea Fuels Its Military Trucks With Trees

Today, The Atlantic ran an In Focus photo feature on North Korea. One photo stood out to me: A North Korean truck running on gasified wood. Photo by David Guttenfelder for the AP.

January 2, 2013 — David Wogan
Energy drinks: Glorified caffeine delivery systems?

Energy drinks: Glorified caffeine delivery systems?

  5-Hour Energy (Image credit: BU Today) I have to confess that I am an occasional consumer of 5-Hour Energy. I started trying it out after a friend at work reported "benefits".

January 2, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Recipe for a Photograph #1: Reflected Ant on Black

Recipe for a Photograph #1: Reflected Ant on Black

Messor pergandei harvester ant (Palm Desert, California) One of my favorite recent projects was a deceptively simple image of an ant on black. Black is easy enough to arrange for the upper portions of a photo.

January 2, 2013 — Alex Wild
Mysteries of the diceratheriine rhinos

Mysteries of the diceratheriine rhinos

This amazing fossil represents the diceratheriine rhino Subhyracodon occidentalis from the Late Eocene and Early and Middle Oligocene of the USA. Subhyracodon seems to have been ancestral to the better known Diceratherium *, a very long-lived diceratheriine that appeared in the Early Oligocene and persisted into the Middle Miocene.

January 2, 2013 — Darren Naish
Pop Goes the New Year: Popover Science

Pop Goes the New Year: Popover Science

The champagne cork wasn't the only thing popping at our house on New Year's Eve. Our low-key, stay-at-home festivities included The Great Popover Experiment.

January 1, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
How Corn Syrup Might Be Making Us Hungry-and Fat

How Corn Syrup Might Be Making Us Hungry-and Fat

Image courtesy of iStockphoto/bttoro Grocery store aisles are awash in foods and beverages that contain high-fructose corn syrup. It is common in sodas and crops up in everything from ketchup to snack bars.

January 1, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

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