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The Moral Molecule

Consider the lowly lobster. The scary-looking crustacean Homarus americanus has never been thought of as particularly moral, or particularly romantic (unless, of course, the context is drawn butter and a good white wine). Heavily armored and heavily clawed, these beasts are highly aggressive, highly territorial, and, at least in captivity,...

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The Story of Water: Source of Life

Why is water such an evocative subject? It influences the emotions, the imagination and creativity – artists and poets find inspiration in it. So much in our language is stimulated by water: outpouring flowing, swell, bubbling, drain, well up. Yet we take it for granted, treating it like a convenience...

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