With sodium-sensitive eyes, we’d see it every new Moon. With no detectable gases, the Moon appears to be atmosphere-free. The Moon as seen from a view above the majority of Earth’s […]
We once thought the Moon was completely airless, but it turns out it has an atmosphere, after all. Even wilder: It has a tail of its own.
Your brain is remarkably good at mapping out physical spaces — even if it's an imaginary space like Hogwarts. But how does the brain do it?
Life largely owes its existence to this equation. Be sure to hug your house plant today.
In her 2020 book, "The Alchemy of Us," Ainissa Ramirez explores how important material inventions shaped the course of human experience.
Wordle activates both the language and logic parts of our brain and give us a nice boost of dopamine, whether we win or lose.
In some Asian countries, what's in your blood may influence your social status.
From succubi to aliens, stories of abductions or other unsettling encounters have been with us for millennia. What explains them?
Long assumed to be a devoted vegetarian, ancient sloths were fine with some meat.
People underestimate their opponent’s capacity to feel basic human sensations. We can short-circuit this impulse through moral reframing and perspective taking.
Philosophers and scientists spent millennia arguing about the nature of light. It turned out to be stranger than anyone imagined.
Drop sodium in water, and a violent, even explosive reaction will occur. But quantum physics is needed to explain why.
One of the scariest films of the 1970s didn't set out to be a horror film at all.
In America, Cup Noodles has succeeded by hiding its Japanese roots.
Researchers have discovered 830-million-year-old microbes living inside a salt rock on Earth. Could the same occur on Mars?
The fictitious 31st-century world portrayed by the series is actually quite a bit like our own in the 21st century.
Forget about the terawatt lasers we're making on Earth. This natural one is thousands of times more powerful than the Sun.
Are the stellar remnants in our cosmic backyard actually our parents and grandparents?
The scientists are headed "straight to the FDA" to begin human trials.
A new snake becomes Instagram famous after its accidental discovery by a graduate student going on a nature walk in northern India.
The Universe’s idea of a ‘typical star’ has changed dramatically over time. When you look out at the Universe today, you’re not seeing it exactly as it is at one particular […]
Fintech companies are using elements of video games to make personal finance more fun. But does it work, and what are the risks?
The credibility problem facing the biomedical and public health establishment is, at least in part, a product of its own making.