With just a few more neutron star mergers, we’ll have the best constraints of all-time. How fast is the Universe expanding? Ever since the expanding Universe was first discovered nearly […]
It’s all well and good to discuss how our humanity evolved – but what even is humanity?
To reap the benefits of digital technologies, we must contend with their addictive designs.
Any alien civilization that grows to span an entire planet would spark the same effects that we have. So, what do we do about it?
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck writes.
Learn how to get the best views no matter where you are. Every year, no matter what else is occurring on Earth or in the heavens, you can rely on two […]
The list includes eleven species of birds, eight species of freshwater mussels, two fish, a bat, and a plant from the mint family.
And which ones are probably examples where we’ve fooled ourselves? Every once in a while — multiple times per year — a new research finding fails to line up with our theoretical expectations. In […]
The engineer working on Google's AI, called LaMDA, suffers from what we could call Michelangelo Syndrome. Scientists must beware hubris.
The questions about which massive structures to build, and where, are actually very hard to answer. Infrastructure is always about the future: It takes years to construct, and lasts for years beyond that.
An analogy explains the greater fool theory: You don’t have to run faster than the bear to get away; you just have to run faster than the other guy.
Is it time media outlets stop publishing the names and photographs of mass shooters?
Innovators don't ignore risk; they are just better able to analyze it in uncertain situations.
Society-changing ideas form through a three-stage process, argues author Michael Bhaskar.
Could this finally be the clue we’ve hoped for in uncovering the truth about dark matter? In the physical sciences, theory and observation are supposed to work hand-in-hand. Theorists work out […]
Science has come a long way since Mary Shelley penned "Frankenstein." But we still grapple with the same questions.
Bernini created art for 8 different popes. In the process, he helped reinforce and redefine Christianity’s visual culture.
A study proposes that an ancient trading network, called the Hopewell tradition, may have been wiped out by what is known as a cosmic airburst.
Can a shared language promote peace? Some people think so.
More than 200 years ago, scientists tried to figure out how bats navigate in the dark (or without eyes). This set in motion a series of events that led to the development of ultrasound as a form of psychotherapy.
It’s 100 years since astronomy’s famous ‘great debate.’ We still haven’t learned the most compelling lesson of all. So, you’ve arrived at a crossroads: you think the world works in a […]
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
The Chegg cheating scandal reveals a critical need to rethink the student experience in post-COVID education.
Identity politics has become a highly contentious element within modern political discourse. Those who support this approach believe it bolsters the presence and power of those who would otherwise be […]
Remember the announcement of a galaxy with no dark matter? It’s just been re-examined, with astounding results. In theory, all galaxies should contain copious amounts of dark matter, with one […]
They said the “missing half” of the Universe’s matter was just found. But what they found barely makes a dent to the big picture. When we look up into the great […]
The present-moment awareness that stems from mindfulness practices may be the cost-effective tool that our society needs.