Why People Love Their Chaotic, Misbehaving Cats

Sarah Chavera Edwards and her family adopted a cat over a year ago from a shelter in Arizona. While the cat, named Houdini, now trusts Chavera Edwards and her family, he still sometimes scratches and gets scared easily. “We love him anyway and celebrate his slow progress,” says Chavera Edward. “He’ll never be a super affectionate lap cat, but he’s funny, fierce and independent.” Before and during COVID-19, cats and their quirky, misbehaving ways brought joy to their owners’ lives. In fact, a s

The 10 best books to understand the climate crisis, according to experts

• Educating yourself about climate change can help you evaluate your relationship with the planet. • We talked to climate scientists Elizabeth M. Cook and Logan Brenner for their book recommendations. • These books cover climate activism as well as how cities, food, and fashion impact global warming. Reading news about how we have less than a decade to try and prevent irreversible, devastating climate change can be daunting, especially if we want to find ways to limit our carbon footprint or g

Space Chasers

For a few hours, different teams of experts get to work. I am partnered with a team of cognitive scientists, and I encourage the others to input all of our ideas into a shared document. While it is good to have everything discussed verbally, I also do not want to miss anything. A lot of people are shouting around me. That is, until the head of the linguistic team, an NSA codebreaker, and an archaeologist make a joint announcement 20 minutes later. The message sent through the radio bursts has b