Religion fosters traits that are helpful in a school system that relies on authority figures and rewards people who follow the rules.
These astounding inventions show that civilizations of the past were a lot more advanced than we might have thought.
A new study suggests that private prisons hold prisoners for a longer period of time, wasting the cost savings that private prisons are supposed to provide over public ones.
Taking time for thoughtful consideration has fallen out of fashion, writes Emily Chamlee-Wright. How can we restore good faith and good judgement to our increasingly polarized conversations?
An interactive “globe of notability” shows the curious correspondences and the strange landscape of global fame.
They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.
A brief passage from a recent UN report describes what could be the first-known case of an autonomous weapon, powered by artificial intelligence, killing in the battlefield.
Digitized logbooks from the 1800s reveal a steep decline in strike rate for whalers.
Experts' thoughts on this unique emotional state.
A team of biohackers is on a David-versus-Goliath mission to make insulin affordable to an increasing number of diabetics.
It's not the caffeine; it's the people.
A new study shows that nearly 40 percent of Americans report being stressed out by U.S. politics.
From crocodiles to birds, certain animals managed to survive some of the worst extinction events in world history.
Psychologists often view relationship power imbalances through three unique dynamics.
And after years of mystery, we finally know where they come from. Here on Earth, thunderstorms and accompanying lightning strikes represent tremendous releases of energy. It was way back in 2011 […]
Vaccines can be grown in and extracted from the leaves of plants.
Despite Betelgeuse’s recent faintening and brightening, I’d bet on these stars instead. Betelgeuse, a nearby red supergiant, will someday explode. The black hole at the center of the Milky Way should […]
Meet a spectacular new blue—the first inorganic new blue in some time.
Despite being the closest planet to the Sun, Mercury "only" reaches 800 °F at its hottest. Venus is always hotter, even at night.
Identifying primordial ripples would be key to understanding the conditions of the early universe.
The Crab Nebula goes back to 1054, opening a window into our cosmic past. On July 4, 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded a “guest star” in the Taurus constellation. A ‘guest star’ […]
Mass determines a star’s fate… except when it doesn’t. Supernova events are common, visually spectacular astronomical cataclysms. In 1987, a supernova just ~168,000 light-years away was observed in the Large Magellanic […]
It's a common misconception that to be a Stoic is to be in possession of a stiff upper lip.
Many workers moved home on the promise or hope that they'd be able to keep working remotely at least some of the time after the pandemic ended.