A Journey to the End of the World (of Minecraft)

On March 28, 2011, a man who calls him­self Kurt J. Mac loaded a new game of Minecraft. As the land­scape filled in around his char­ac­ter, Mac sur­veyed the blocky, pixel­lated trees, the cloud-draped, moun­tains, and the wad­dling sheep. Then he started walk­ing. His goal for the day was sim­ple: to reach the end of the universe.

In dogs’ play, researchers see honesty and deceit, perhaps something like morality

Watch a cou­ple of dogs play, and you’ll prob­a­bly see seem­ingly ran­dom ges­tures, lots of fre­netic activ­ity and a whole lot of energy being expended. But decades of research sug­gest that beneath this appar­ently friv­o­lous fun lies a hid­den lan­guage of hon­esty and deceit, empa­thy and per­haps even a human­like morality.