Read 2: Trouble at Vassar, peace in Rwanda, success at the Strand. Plus Angela Merkel’s secret & how brains create agency.

The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel. By George Packer at The New Yorker John Kornblum, a former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, who still lives in Berlin, said, “If you cross her, you end up dead. There’s nothing cushy about her. There’s a whole list of alpha males who thought they would get her out of the […]

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Today’s Nobel was about how the brain navigates space. Here’s what happens when it can’t.

Today’s Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology went to a trio of researchers who figured out the basis of how the brain tracks and manages space, a task that is closely tied to memory. This ability to remember and manage space — to navigate your way through life — is vital. Here, in a brief story I told at a Story […]

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