Geneticists Estimate Publication Date Of The 'Iliad' - The text is Homer's "Iliad," and Homer -- if there was such a person -- probably wrote it in 762 B.C., give or take 50 years, the researchers found. The "Iliad" tells the story of the Trojan War -- if there was such a war -- with Greeks battling Trojans.
For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov - A study found that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception & emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone’s body language or gauge what they might be thinking.
Stranger Than Fiction, Margaret Atwood Edition (audio interview): The Oryx & Crake author discusses why she writes about both the past & the future. Wu talks to Margaret Atwood, author of science-flavored dystopian fiction like Oryx & Crake & The Year of the Flood. In 2012, she published In Other Worlds: SF & the Human Imagination, in which she explored science fiction as an author & as a reader.
Frederik Pohl, a prolific American science fiction author who published scores of stories including the acclaimed 1977 novel Gateway & collaborated with some of the genre's leading figures, has died, according to his literary agent. He was 93. Pohl died on Monday at a hospital near his home in Palatine, Ill., a suburb northwest of Chicago.
Sappho: 2 previously unknown poems indubitably hers, says scholar - U of Oxford papyrologist convinced poems preserved on ancient papyrus are by 7th-century lyricist of Lesbos. Read one of the poems here.