If you thought it was just one rich region in space, look deeper and wider. Shining brilliantly in January’s skies is the Great Orion Nebula. By 10 PM every night in […]
Which is good, because if they do, they violate the cosmological principle. In theory, the Universe should be the same, on average, everywhere. A simulation of the large-scale structure of […]
One day, this powerful tool could be in millions of smartphones.
The "overview effect," experienced by astronauts when they view the Earth from outer space, irrevocably changes your perspective as a human.
Unlike most articles that are titled with a question, the answer isn’t automatically “no.” Announced on January 6, 2020, NASA’s TESS mission has just discovered its first Earth-sized, habitable zone […]
If our goal is to effect the greatest possible progress, what would it look like to approach this holistically? What might need to dispositionaly in how we approach solving our most important problems—at an individual level, a community level, or at a civilizational or global one? We asked our experts to think big picture about how what new thinking would be required to create a larger pro-progress framework.
The book "The Genesis Machine" outlines the promise and peril of synthetic biology, a powerful tool that will allow us to program life like a computer.
Successful constructive criticism is as much about mindset as methods.
By the end of this decade, Seabed 2030 wants to produce accurate maps for the remaining 80 percent of the ocean floor.
Personality is not set in stone. If you don’t like some aspect of it, you can work to change it — "fake it till you make it."
Since 1957, the world's space agencies have been polluting the space above us with countless pieces of junk, threatening our technological infrastructure and ability to venture deeper into space.
The way to understand the earliest moments of creation is to recreate those conditions and study them. Why would we stop now?
Entropy always increases, but that doesn’t mean it was zero to start with. One of the most inviolable laws in the Universe is the second law of thermodynamics: that in any […]
Any dataset that can be quantified over time can be turned into a contest that is both exciting and (a little bit) enlightening.
Stewart is supporting a new bill that aims to extend health care and disability benefits to veterans who served alongside burn pits.
Listening to some songs can cause a powerful physiological response known as "frisson." What is it, and why does it happen?
On the largest scales, galaxies don't simply clump together, but form superclusters. Too bad they don't remain bound together.
Mind Bank Ai is the newest entrant in an ambitious idea: using AI to create a kind of immortality.
Has lockdown made your pet extra clingy?
The pendulum didn’t tick right when they brought it here: the start of a fascinating story. For nearly three full centuries, the most accurate way that humanity kept track of […]
The Universe is supposed to be the same everywhere and in all directions. So what's that giant "cold spot" doing out there?
The scientists, not the fossil fuel industry, were right all along. Back in 1990, the world’s top climate scientists convened to put together a report on the state of Earth’s climate. […]