1859's Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.
In Sun-like stars, hydrogen gets fused into helium. In the Big Bang, hydrogen fusion also makes helium. But they aren't close to the same.
A two-dimensional material made entirely of carbon called graphene won the Nobel Prize in 2010. Graphyne might be even better.
On Earth, carbon can form millions of compounds, while silicon is largely stuck inside rocks. But elsewhere, silicon could form the basis of life.
Here’s how it works.
A radical redesign of commercial aircraft, called the flying-V plane, could increase fuel efficiency by 20%, greatly reducing emissions.
A "bio-battery" made from genetically engineered bacteria could store excess renewable energy and release it as needed.
The findings at L’Anse aux Meadows mark the the earliest known year by which human migration had encircled the planet.
Driving Teslas and planting trees are nice, but methane reduction, industrial efficiency, carbon removal, and a moderate carbon tax are the most efficient ways to fight climate change.
Media provocateurs and conspiracy theorists insist that they're "just asking questions." No, they aren’t.
And could Earth-based life provide the seeds for biology elsewhere? Today, on Earth, there’s an enormous variety and diversity of life on our planet. Every single surviving lifeform appears, in […]
When three wise men gifted baby Jesus with gold, frankincense, and myrrh, they had no idea one was made from colliding neutron stars.
This marks a historic moment in humanity’s relationship to the planet.
From the explosions themselves to their unique and vibrant colors, the fireworks displays we adore require quantum physics.
When stars form, they emit energetic radiation that boils gas away. But it can't stop gravitational collapse from making even newer stars.
Intrapreneurs tap into the spirit of entrepreneurialism to innovate and find personal meaning at work, but organizations need to celebrate their efforts more.
The risk of dying basically flattens after age 110.
Bernini created art for 8 different popes. In the process, he helped reinforce and redefine Christianity’s visual culture.
The largest moon in our Solar System, often overlooked, is a water-rich world. Does that mean life? Here on Earth, life took hold very early on in our planet’s history, and […]
The corporate word-stock suffers no shortage of overworked metaphors. We drill down to find low hanging fruit, and despite lots of moving parts obscuring our window of opportunity, we mustn’t […]