Imagine Heraclitus spending an afternoon down by the river...
Recent geopolitical turning points, like Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election, were chapters in a story that extends decades back in world history.
“What am I missing?” is a question that journalist Mónica Guzmán thinks more people should start asking.
Without Benjamin List and David MacMillan, chemists would still be using metals and enzymes to catalyze chemical reactions.
Science and the humanities have been antagonistic for too long. Many of the big questions of our time require them to work closer than ever.
The prize went to three researchers who revolutionized the social sciences by taking advantage of natural experiments.
Thales may have known the famous theorem perhaps as much as half a century before Pythagoras.
Using data collected from ancient civilizations across the world, researchers identified the most significant factors in human development. War came out on top.
To study the origin of the Universe, we could build a constellation of six expensive spacecraft — or we could just use the Moon.
After it became clear that the world wasn't 6,000 years old, some proposed that northern peoples had emerged independently from others.
Civilization is facing an existential threat from climate change. Will we humans make it? Does anyone in the universe make it?
It started with a 22-year-old woman, named in papers only as Mrs McK.
∆G = ∆H - T∆S is one of the most abstract formulas in science, but it is also one of the most important. Without it, life cannot exist.
Chess was once blamed for triggering mental health problems, including suicide and even murder. Today, the same is said of video games.
The poisoned candy legend is just one way that American fears manifested: as an easily understood threat to innocence.
From a desert oasis to the Rocky Mountains, being filled with awe makes me a better scientist.
Most cities reeked of death, defecation, and industrial waste. Still, focusing only on stench means turning a blind eye (or nose) to the many other smells that helped shape human history.
The insurmountable contrasts between their visions help explain Russia’s stunted development and hint at its destructive future.
The German thinker wrote both treatises and songs. He approached each form of expression with the same level of interest.
To understand ourselves and our place in the universe, "we should have humility but also self-respect," Frank Wilczek writes in a new book.
Some purveyors of "wellness" sure are sounding like right-wing conspiracy theorists.
When facing a predator, single cells sometimes unite to defend themselves, paving the way for more complex multicellular life forms to evolve.
Understanding the factors behind recent growth could help us better approach inequality.