From the explosions themselves to their unique and vibrant colors, the fireworks displays we adore require quantum physics.
Counterintuitively, directly combating misinformation online can spread it further. A different approach is needed.
The sky is blue. The oceans are blue. While science can explain them both, the reasons for each are entirely different.
Why should it be considered impolite to discuss something so important to our long-term well-being?
Hubble, our greatest space-based observatory today, is just the beginning. The Hubble Space Telescope has been astronomy’s most revolutionary observatory in history. The stars and galaxies we see today didn’t […]
Are there any advantages to looking so cumbersome?
A new snake becomes Instagram famous after its accidental discovery by a graduate student going on a nature walk in northern India.
Fish are surprisingly good in numbers tests — a skill that sometimes makes the difference between life and death.
And conversely, what do you see as the most important places we need to make progress (even if it’s going to be more difficult)?
About the project The goal of driving more progress across the world—scientifically, politically, economically, socially, etc—is one shared by many. And yet, debates about the best way to maximize progress […]
A large study concludes that people who grew up in rural areas are superior at navigation, likely because cities tend to be less complex.
For 40 years, scientists thought a specific gene was linked to aggression in hamsters. Removing it, however, had violent consequences.
If there really is another version of you out there in a parallel universe, what can that teach us about reality?
The length of a day oscillates slightly every six years. This was a surprising discovery made last decade. We might now know why.
The replication crisis has debunked many of psychology’s fair-haired hypotheses, but for the marshmallow test, things have only become more interesting.
Human beings are descendants of these early tetrapods – at least those who made a new life on land.
Looking at ourselves in a mirror — or on a video call — shapes our sense of self. But what you see is not what others see.
Using the Book of Mormon as a sacred but ambiguous atlas, the Latter-day Saints have been looking for the lost city of Zarahemla for decades.
The atmosphere’s habitable zone is so small, several mountain ranges extend beyond it.
We know it couldn't have began from a singularity. So how small could it have been at the absolute minimum?
Long before Christopher and Magellan, ancient explorers voyaged into the unknown and brought home extraordinary tales.
It happened more than once, and needed to. Here’s why. If there’s one thing you can be certain about when it comes to outer space, it’s that it’s transparent, not opaque, […]