Curiosities

Culture, ideas and society.

Renee Bright / KUER

  It has all the makings of a Hollywood film: A Harvard-trained psychologist approaches a professional poker player about showing her the in’s and out’s of the world of high stakes poker as a way to study human behavior. 

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Most of us think we want knowledge and information. We search online, hungrily looking for answers to our questions.

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In 1906, an earthquake destroyed scientist David Starr Jordan’s collection of newly discovered fish. His life’s work was utterly ruined. And yet he tried, very literally, to put the pieces back together.

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If trees could speak to us, what might they say? 

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Have you ever felt like an outsider, feeling that you don’t quite fit in with the group around you? That feeling, says science writer Olga Khazan, might actually work to our advantage. 

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Take a breath. Like, right now. Did you use your nose or your mouth? Turns out, that matters.

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One of Utah’s many oddities is its state bird: the California Gull. But did you know that the humble gull is the hero in its own miracle tale?

The Joy Of Walking

Jul 17, 2020
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Summer is usually a time of travel and exploration, but the age of COVID-19 has brought our adventures closer to home. Instead of traveling, many of us are walking the hills and our neighborhoods, the movement and outdoors our solace.

Provided by Vintage & Anchor Books

In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic started sweeping the world, plague fiction soared onto bestseller lists, with Albert Camus’ 1947 novel The Plague leading the pack.

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We are not letting a pandemic get in the way of our favorite bi-annual show, even though, this time around, we won’t have the pleasure of seeing our studio filled with books and book people. 

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