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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Inside The Lab Where Invisibility Cloaks Are Made, by Philip Ball, The Atlantic

Can science compete with magic?

Consciousness Is Not Mysterious, by Michael Graziano, The Atlantic

It’s just the brain describing itself—to itself.

Holding The T, by Tad Friend, New Yorker

When you carry a squash racquet in New York City, people admire you. They point you out on the subway and crouch beside their children to whisper, “He plays tennis!”

The game has a recognition problem, apparently. To be fair, though, it also has an image problem. Squash has long been synonymous with prep school, with being weedy and twee, and the most heinous clubs maintain an all-whites rule that encompasses the skin tone of their members. Full disclosure: I went to prep school, and grew up in the Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Cakeage, Or How Restaurants Really Feel About Cake Brought In, by Kim Severson, New York Times

Cakes are meaningful, so it is no surprise that people sometimes bring them along to a restaurant as a celebratory coda to a special meal. And it’s no surprise that restaurants don’t always like it.

Ice Fishing, by Beth Joselow