On Nov. 13, 1946, a scientist dropped crushed dry ice from a plane into supercooled stratus clouds.
One of the best-known allegorical depictions of love has a rather pessimistic male twin.
The paradox of tribalism is that humans need a sense of belonging to be healthy and happy, but too much tribalism is deadly. We are one tribe.
In hell, we assume a position of moral superiority, looking down over the sinners and the poor decisions that led them to this wretched place. In heaven, Dante is looking down upon us.
By taking Satan out of the religious context, storytellers explored the nature of sin in new ways.
Strange bone circles made from mammoths revealed clues about how ancient communities survived Europe's last ice age.
Reduction is an approach that has been successful in science but is not itself synonymous with "science."
Many of the furniture giant’s products are named after Swedish locations. Not everyone is happy about that.
If we are wreaking havoc on ourselves and the world, it is because we have become mesmerized by a mechanistic, reductionist way of thinking.
The Universe is supposed to be the same everywhere and in all directions. So what's that giant "cold spot" doing out there?
Zizek is on the left and dislikes political correctness. How does that work out?
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
Kim Kardashian is meeting with Jared Kushner and President Donald Trump on Wednesday to talk prison reform and the case of Alice Marie Johnson, who's service life for a nonviolent crime.
Biodiversity refers to genetic diversity within species, diversity between species, and diversity of ecosystems. We take a look at all three.
Street names can cause diplomatic offence - and sometimes, that's exactly why they're there.
A new study tries to figure out who finds dark humor funny.
For songwriter and a scientist alike, the delight is in peering into the unknown, reaching in, and pulling some strange, new thing out of the darkness.
John Lennon liked to joke that Yoko Ono was “the world’s most famous unknown artist.” Before she infamously “broke up the Beatles” (but not really), Ono built an internationally recognized career as an artist in the developing fields of Conceptual art, experimental film, and performance art. Unfairly famous then and now for all the wrong reasons, Ono’s long fought in her own humorously sly way for recognition, beginning with her self-staged 1971 “show” Museum of Modern (F)art, a performance piece in which she dreamed of a one-woman exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Now, more than 40 years later, the MoMA makes that dream come true with the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971. Better late than never, this exhibition of the pre-Lennon and early-Lennon Ono establishes her not just as the world’s most famous unknown artist, but the most unfairly unknown one, too.
Thinking about eating less could help us be healthier, create a more sustainable environment, and reduce animal cruelty. Smaller portions can go a long way.
How the closest supernova in a generation — soon to be visible to skywatchers almost everywhere — is about to help us better understand the entire Universe. “I saw a star explode and send […]
Recent examples from major media outlets targeting harmless individuals demonstrates a major ethical failing – as compassionate persons and responsible writers, commanding a platform. This doesn’t mean writers must never […]
Like millions of other Americans over Thanksgiving weekend, I went to see Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, Lincoln. I was mesmerized by Daniel Day-Lewis’s portrayal of the great statesman. I was also […]
The problem of scientists manipulating data in order to achieve statistical significance, labelled p-hacking is incredibly hard to track down due to the fact that the data behind statistical significance is often unavailable for analysis by anyone other than those who did the research and themselves analysed the data.
The Democrats, at their convention, stood so stridently for the rights of the liberated single woman that they offered the Republicans the opportunity to counter with a defense of the […]
The Ryan pick may have been more bold than, say, the boring Portman or Pawlenty. But Romney had reached the obvious conclusion that the cautious approach isn’t enough. He wasn’t […]
So Cato Institute president Ed Crane is taking an “early retirement” and megabucks former BB&T CEO John Allison is set to take his place. It’s easy to see why Allison […]