Mother Nature has already put a psychotropic drug in the drinking water, and that drug is lithium. Although this fact has been largely ignored for over half a century, it appears to have important medical implications.

Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium?,, lithium, health, medicine, drugs, elements, science,

Photographer Timothy Briner spent seven years on “Boonville,” which takes place in six towns in the U.S.—six different towns named Boonville where Briner lived for periods of time and shot portraits of private lives, overpasses, and wrestling squads. In Briner’s pictures, all Boonvilles are the same and none of them are. It’s a unique road trip across contemporary America.

Boonville, USA by Timothy Briner, Timothy Briner, Boonville, USA, photography, people, portraits, small towns, galleries, archives,

Children of officers killed on duty are given jobs to provide for families, but their studies take a backseat.

For India’s child police, work trumps school,, India, police, law enforcement, children, families, education, Chhattisgarh, headlines,

How a book, booze, and a guilty hangover brought an admittedly non-athletic man to the starting line, and what happened next.
"The Iron in Man" by Graham T. Beck
Hasselblad H4D-50
Focal Length
How a book, booze, and a guilty hangover brought an admittedly non-athletic man to the starting line, and what happened next.

"The Iron in Man" by Graham T. Beck, Graham T. Beck, Ironman Triathlon, biking, swimming, running, sports, psychology, personal essays, features,

If an atom gets excited in a laboratory, does it make a sound? Turns out that it absolutely does, albeit it’s the softest sound that scientists say is physically possible.

Scientists Have Captured the Sound One Atom Makes,, atomic sound, technology, research, science, headlines,

When the world ends, it may not be by fire or ice or an evil robot overlord. Our demise may come at the hands of a superintelligence that just wants more paper clips.

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat?,, AI, artificial intelligence, technology, existential threats, humanity, doom, headlines,

Thirty years ago, two friends created a vision of the future—a space opera put to tape—and buried it in a time capsule. Listening again today, it turns out we remember the past as it never quite was.

"Burying the Present" by Rolf Potts, Rolf Potts, friends, time capsule, technology, children, growing up, cassettes, culture, features, archives,

A worker sleeps in a cocoa warehouse in Dabisso, Ghana, on June 18.

Sleepers: Part II,, The Big Picture, people, work, sleep, sleeping, photography, headlines,

Mid-century magazine clippings find new life in Sammy Slabbinck’s collages, which are just the right amount of weird and clever.

Going Nowhere by Sammy Slabbinck, Sammy Slabbinck, artists, collage, magazine, people, landscapes, mixed media, galleries,

In Lists, manuscript archivist Liza Kirwin has raked together an exhaustive pile of historically significant notes, grocery lists, and romantic ephemera from some of the 20th century’s greatest artists—Joseph Cornell, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and so on. It’s a book that turns the trivial into treasure.

Lists by Liza Kirwin, Liza Kirwin, lists, artists, writers, H.L. Mencken, Pablo Picasso, galleries, archives,

The documents Yelena Tumanova was given with the body raised more questions than they answered - questions about how her son died and about the Russian government’s denials that its troops are in Ukraine. The records do not show Anton Tumanov’s place of death, said human rights activists who spoke to his mother after she got in touch with them.

Moscow stifles dissent as soldiers return in coffins,, Ukraine, Russia, war, politics, military, government, headlines,

For decades, the U.S. government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting.

"The Heretic" by Tim Doody, Tim Doody, James Fadiman, LSD, psychedelics, medicine, profiles, features, archives,

Julie Heffernan’s paintings are guided by the pictures that visit her between sleep and waking. And like the pensive, cautionary nature-boys in her new paintings, Heffernan cobbles together tokens and symbols to create a natural world as beautiful as it is gentle.

Boy, O Boy by Julie Heffernan, Julie Heffernan, painting, artists, nature, fantasy, galleries, archives,

It’s an academic treatise about the horror humanity feels as we realize that we are nothing but a speck in the universe. For a few years nobody read it. But then …

In The Dust Of This Planet,, philosophy, Eugene Thacker, Jay-Z, True Detective, fashion, podcast, headlines,

A blind woman and her guide dog share a symbiosis that can become a spiritual bond for both./blockquote>

"Dharma Dog" by Steve Neumann, Steve Neumann, blindness, guide dogs, animals, profiles, cities, New York City, features,