Mammals have a history stretching back 325 million years. To study that ancient history is to know our own origins.
Symbolic gestures often speak to our psyche in ways no rational action could ever speak to our intellect.
Diogenes was no doubt odd, but Cynicism might just help our overcrowded lives.
Game theory is a unique combination of math and psychology. Its applications turn up everywhere, from nuclear war to Tinder to game shows.
It's not about leaves in tall trees.
Do your kids a favor and give them the gift of philosophy this Christmas.
The attitude we take to Will Smith's slap will mirror our attitudes to violence, masculinity, and protecting others more generally.
NASA will use energy from Earth's gravity to launch the Lucy spacecraft in October of this year.
It may depend on whether you're an "easily empathetically embarrassed" person.
“I thought, why not direct these high-power beams, instead of into fusion plasma, down into rock and vaporize the hole?”
Volcanic activity caused the end-Triassic mass extinction 200 million years ago. The dinosaurs survived and rose to dominance.
A new study of Martian dust gives insights into the ancient Martian climate. The findings hint at a wetter world.
Instead of digging for metals, we could extract them from salty, subterranean water.
Using DNA from samples of extinct flowers, synthetic biologists managed to approximate long-lost floral scents.
Want some crazy space phenomena? You don't have to leave the neighborhood for it.
Cold War meets Star Wars in this cut-away of a 1950 “rubber bubble,” the first line of defense against nuclear sneak attack.
In 2022, the probe will crash into an asteroid while a nearby satellite captures it on camera.
Impressive but deadly physics underlie catastrophic eruptions.
From a desert oasis to the Rocky Mountains, being filled with awe makes me a better scientist.
Stoicism says that we should change what we can, endure what we must. The company we keep is something we can, and often should, change.
Surrounding Earth is a powerful magnetic field created by swirling liquid iron in the planet’s core. Earth’s magnetic field may be nearly as old as the Earth itself – and […]
Signals from the environment, such as those detected by your sense organs, have no inherent psychological meaning. Your brain creates the meaning.
"Politics is weird. It’s the only business in the world in which you take a really, really important position, and you give it to someone with no qualifications." —Tony Blair
Prison is an unreliable method of punishment. Let's do better.
By digging deep, we could harness enough energy to power generations to come. But it involves fracking.
In Orwell’s dystopian novel, the government uses Newspeak to control thoughts by controlling language. But thoughts do not require language.