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Lawrence Winkler is a physician, traveler, and natural philosopher. His molecules have morphed from medicine to manuscript. He lives with Robyn on Vancouver Island and in New Zealand, tending their gardens and vineyards, and dreams.

DNA Reveals Native American Presence in Polynesia Centuries Before Europeans Arrived


New genomic research adds to growing evidence for ancient contact across the Pacific Ocean.


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Posted: July 9, 2020, 11:09 pm

The Contagion Detective


How diseases like COVID-19 and misinformation spread.


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Posted: July 9, 2020, 11:05 pm

How to Choose a Bottle of Wine


Bite into a strawberry, talk to a wine geek, pore over a map: forget wine snobbery and develop your own distinctive taste.


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Posted: July 9, 2020, 10:58 pm

Our Greatest Invention

The invention of invention itself.


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Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:26 am

The Healing Power of Nature


The idea that immersing yourself in forests and nature has a healing effect is far more than just folk wisdom.


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Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:18 am

Every Great Writer is a Great Deceiver

 Vladimir Nabokov’s best writing advice.


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Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:14 am

Thucydides in Times of Trouble


What the historian’s account of an ancient plague taught me when my father died 8,000 miles away.


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Posted: July 6, 2020, 1:05 am

Thomas Pynchon Predicted the Pandemic in ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’

Aren’t you sorry you didn't read it?


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Posted: July 5, 2020, 8:54 pm

But Is It Food?


The world of cheap produce and its consequences.


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Posted: July 4, 2020, 1:23 am

Why Are Rich People So Mean?


Call it Rich Asshole Syndrome—the tendency to distance yourself from people with whom you have a large wealth differential.


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Posted: July 4, 2020, 1:21 am

‘ISIS Files’ launch:

 Thousands of documents reveal the terror group's inner workings.


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Posted: July 4, 2020, 1:17 am

SEAL, Doctor, Astronaut

Navy Lt. Jonny Kim achieves your childhood dreams so you don't have to.


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Posted: July 4, 2020, 1:15 am

Ashoka’s Moral Empire


Being good is hard. How an ancient Indian emperor, horrified by the cruelty of war, created an infrastructure of goodness.


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Posted: July 4, 2020, 1:11 am

Australia Has a Flesh-Eating-Bacteria Problem


In the beach towns south of Melbourne, everyone, it seems, knows someone who’s been attacked.


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Posted: July 4, 2020, 1:07 am

America’s Enduring Caste System


Its founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Its reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has persisted for centuries.


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Posted: July 3, 2020, 6:34 pm

Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest



A story about oxygen, evolution, and our planet’s fate.


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Posted: July 1, 2020, 1:02 am

Catnip’s Chemical Attractant

A new twist on an old family tradition.


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Posted: July 1, 2020, 1:01 am

Quiet Salish Sea

 Gives scientists a chance to study endangered killer whales.


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Posted: June 29, 2020, 1:30 am

Taxpayer-Funded Radio Debate

 Chess is racist because white moves first.


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Posted: June 25, 2020, 12:06 am

The Decline of the American World


Other countries are used to loathing America, admiring America, and fearing America (sometimes all at once). But pitying America? That one is new.


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Posted: June 24, 2020, 11:53 pm

Exploring ‘Other Ways of Knowing’

 The new religious threat to science education.


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Posted: June 24, 2020, 1:33 am

Founders Would See CHOP for What It Is

A gulag.




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Posted: June 23, 2020, 1:03 am

Enemy Of All Mankind


Ten improbable minutes at sea that changed the course of history—also beautifully covered in Bandits of Madagascar.


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Posted: June 23, 2020, 12:39 am

How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture


What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?


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Posted: June 22, 2020, 12:23 am

Tea, Biscuits, and Empire: The Long Con of Britishness

It’s time for an honest reckoning of the history and future of this outsize little island.


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Posted: June 22, 2020, 12:17 am
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