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Concerned scientists look for “Harry Potter” effect to explain Indonesia’s new owl trade.

Olivia Trani, Contributor

Author Duchess Harris talks about the economic and social factors that led African-American women to work as "computers" for NASA.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Drawing of alien invasion from "The War of the Worlds"

Beloved writer's work combines fantastical stories with social commentary.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Interpreting clues from 500-year-old book required math developed long after initial publication.

Andrew Silver, Contributor

In a new book, Sean Carroll brings together physics and philosophy while advocating for "poetic naturalism."

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Why Russian is harder to learn than English.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

A new computer science project translates emotions described in books into music.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

Reading complicated panels may rely on a rulebook and experience.

Ryder Diaz, Contributor

Genomes and language provide clues on the origin of Homer's classic.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

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