The Diving Horses of Atlantic City (Atlas Obscura)
by Diana Hubbell
For decades, horses and riders entertained crowds with the dangerous and unlikely act of plummeting 40 feet into a small pool. How did anyone come up with an idea like that? And what became of the horses and their riders?
Building an Imaginary Computer (Quanta Magazine)
by Sheon Han
Before modern computers, there were Turing machines. Or at least the idea of Turing machines, which revolutionized the way mathematicians looked at algorithms even though you couldn’t actually construct one.
The Upside of Cringe (The Conversation)
by Carly Drake and Anuja Anil Pradhan
A really cringe-inducing moment can feel almost unbearable. Yet we keep coming back to TV shows that are full of them. Maybe we should embrace cringe in the interest of understanding others, and ourselves, better.
Is Peaceful Coexistence with Germs Possible? (Knowable Magazine)
by Liam Drew
We depend on our immune systems to fight disease. But a growing body of science is exploring different ways to keep us healthy, by letting pathogens be while protecting our bodies against the harm they can do.
What the Color of Letters Might Mean (Open Mind)
by Meera Khare and Apoorva Bhandari
Synesthesia, the rare ability to mix senses, isn’t just a strange variation in perception. It could help explain how memory and culture influence the way all of us view the world.
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