For a long time, important events could only be visualized retroactively through paintings. Photography allowed us to capture history as — or sometimes even before — it happened.
Though gloomy and dense, Russian literature is hauntingly beautiful, offering a relentlessly persistent inquiry into the human experience.
Twain and Tesla had similar passions and an amusing friendship.
Atoms can link up to form molecules, including organic molecules and biological processes, in interstellar space as well as on planets. But this is only possible with heavy elements, which […]
Worryingly, these are not just two random collections of countries, but two blocs with a lot of pre-existing enmity.
This new research could help individuals recover from one of the most dreaded types of injury.
A tiny, microscopic virus like the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus can begin in a single person and eventually spread to infect billions based on its transmission rate and the behaviors of people. […]
When one group says “A” and another group says “B,” consider that everyone might be wrong. One of the biggest enemies of scientific truth is the setup of a false dichotomy. […]
The NSF’s new, cutting-edge solar observatory shows us the Sun as never before. Here’s why we need to know. On December 12, 2019, the world’s most powerful solar observatory — the National Science […]
The incredible story of a scientist who survived gulags, fighting to change his country and physics.
The Buddha's teachings seem to be on point.
When the supernova occurs, a whole slew of signals will arrive at once. But there’s one hint that could successfully warn us in advance. As Betelgeuse continues to vary in brightness […]
"Nothing but naked people: fat ones, thin ones, old, young…"
If you’re wondering whether the blast wave or the radiation would kill us first, you’re asking the wrong question. As far as raw explosive power goes, no other cataclysm in […]
Despite warnings and protestations from astronomers and skywatchers, Starlink is moving fast and breaking things. In May of this year, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched the first group of its new satellite […]
What are the plans, and are they enough?
They were a little optimistic in 1912, but they understood that adding carbon to the atmosphere has side effects.
This image showcases the open star cluster NGC 290, as imaged by Hubble. These stars, imaged here, can only have the properties, elements, and planets (and potentially chances-for-life) that they […]
Kakistocracy is rule by the worst, but who are the worst? A better question, how do we know?
Despite accusations of racial stereotyping, most Dutch cities and towns keep the traditional blackface version of 'Zwarte Piet'.
Sex is everywhere in Greek and Roman art.
Another week, another fine selection of witty and wonderful comments from our Facebook page. Did you make the cut?
Your fate is only rarely determined at birth. Ultimately, every star has a chance to get there. Three times in the past 1,000 years, a portion of humanity has looked up […]