Staff Pick

The Earth Was Silent For 4 Billion Years

A red breasted robin singing on a bare branch, with a snowy background
“Singing Robin”, via Bernd Thaller

We often think of the natural world as noisy — beautifully so.

When I used to camp in Ontario as a Boy Scout, the night was alive with crickets, and when we were up further north, the occasional howl of a…



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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write 3X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @pomeranian on Twitter,