Some intellectuals use charisma and deception to obscure the holes in their arguments. Here is how to see through their smokescreen.
Scientists watch as mice mouse around an onscreen maze.
The German thinker wrote both treatises and songs. He approached each form of expression with the same level of interest.
The strangest thing about trying to predict the future is that our only clues lie in the past.
It has been 50 years since an American has claimed the title of World Chess Champion. Will it ever happen again?
The peasant turned czarist advisor has come to be known and feared as the devil incarnate, but was he really as demonic as we have been led to believe?
Humans seemingly have opposing desires to fit in and to be unique. The interplay between these might drive the evolution of fads.
Just a small gesture or a thoughtful comment can often alter a situation, or people’s perceptions of it, in ways that relieve tensions and make them feel appreciated and included.
Many first-hand accounts from the golden age of piracy were grossly embellished, meaning it's extremely difficult to separate Blackbeard the legend from Edward Thatch the person.
Certain types of dogs seem to be more discerning than others, however.
Following the advent of human space flight, NASA began naming missions after children of Zeus.
An evolutionary biologist explains why you probably won't grow a tail.
For the cosmos, it’s all too easy being green. Stars come in a wide variety of colors, but never green. Stars form in a wide variety of sizes, colors and masses, […]
Meaningful pictures are assembled from meaningless noise.
What value does wit hold in genres defined by brute strength?
When Saint Ambrose of Milan was venerated, his life became public property, its meaning expanding with the unique interpretations of each new generation.
NicoBoard is an app that helps parents make sense of a frightening time.
Can researchers use data science to accurately predict the future?
Chess was once blamed for triggering mental health problems, including suicide and even murder. Today, the same is said of video games.
As important as his Nobel Prize-winning technical accomplishments was his ability to communicate to the public.
Though gloomy and dense, Russian literature is hauntingly beautiful, offering a relentlessly persistent inquiry into the human experience.
Soviet researchers studied crime through a Marxist-Leninist lens. Under Lenin, a humanitarian approach to criminality briefly emerged, but dissipated when Stalin rose to power.
There have been some 6,000 Great Lakes shipwrecks, which have claimed an estimated 30,000 lives. These maps show some of them.