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Cold Storage, Heating, and Ventilating on Board Ship

Augustus Egg, The Travelling Companions (detail), 1862, oil on canvas.It’s late, and you’re still awake. Allow us to help with Sleep Aid, a series devoted ...

October 8, 2015 11:00 PM

Prizes That Don’t Start with N

Coltrane in 1963All eyes are on Svetlana Alexievich for her Nobel win, which Philip Gourevitch rightly calls “a long-overdue recognition of reportage as a ...

October 8, 2015 06:25 PM

Back Away Slowly

A woman diagnosed as suffering from hilarious mania. Color lithograph, 1892. Image via WellcomeContrary to popular wisdom, in my experience many of the best ...

October 8, 2015 04:14 PM

On “Relativity”

The poetry of astrophysics. A 2008 image of Omega Centauri from the Hubble telescope, revealing that the cluster “appears to harbor an elusive ...

October 8, 2015 11:57 AM

The Hermit Kingdom—in Fabulous 3-D! And Other News

Won Il-myong, a furnace worker at North Korea’s Chollima Steelworks. Photo: Matjaž Tančič, via The GuardianThe Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich has ...

October 8, 2015 08:33 AM

Got Your Tongue

From Louis Wain’s schizophrenic cat drawings.From the psychiatrist R. D. Laing’s transcripts of his sessions with Edith E., a young woman he took on as a ...

October 7, 2015 06:52 PM