The act of observing doesn’t just determine a previously indeterminate state, but can destroy information, too. Imagine that you’re a scientist attempting to understand reality at a fundamental level. How […]
In scientific theories, the Multiverse appears as a bug rather than as a feature. We should squash it.
The so-called "court painter of Silicon Valley" was shaped by her youth in communist Poland but looks forward to a future ruled by celebrity robots.
There's a big difference between the notions of 'false vacuum' and 'true vacuum' states. Here's why we don't want to live in the former.
We have a morbid curiosity about nautical disaster stories. The Irish "Wreck Viewer" offers a window into centuries of marine misfortune.
A famous explorer's doomed ship is finally found 107 years after it was lost to the Antarctic deep.
We have long thought that Pluto was completely frozen solid, but the discovery of cryovolcanoes challenges that assumption.
Hidden variables aren’t ruled out, but they can’t get rid of quantum weirdness. Ever since the discovery of the bizarre behavior of quantum systems, we’ve been forced to reckon with […]
Being mortal makes life so much sweeter.
This might help you make it to the end of Herman Melville’s 19th century classic.
Humans who've lived through the same events often remember them differently. Could quantum physics be responsible?
To reap the benefits of digital technologies, we must contend with their addictive designs.
The modern antiracist movement is harming the very people it claims to help, according to the linguist John McWhorter.
Though these ancient settlers of China were culturally cosmopolitan, their DNA turns out to have been completely distinct from the communities with which they interacted.
Starling flocks, schools of fish, and clouds of insects all agree.
Bernini created art for 8 different popes. In the process, he helped reinforce and redefine Christianity’s visual culture.
Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York is the kind of film that makes you laugh and cry at the same time.
It’s the early 20th century, and you are the captain of a ship. A barquentine specifically—three masts and a coal-burning steam engine in her belly. She’s a sturdy and capable […]
It’s a wild idea, but there’s a way to test it. No matter how far we look out in the Universe, there’s always more “Universe” to see. Even at the extreme […]
Far from being inappropriate, many of the most controversial acceptance speeches highlighted important issues in the film industry.
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
In Sun-like stars, hydrogen gets fused into helium. In the Big Bang, hydrogen fusion also makes helium. But they aren't close to the same.
Released in 1972, "Ways of Seeing" has proven to be as worthy of study as the artistic traditions it investigates.
Socrates lived during a time when people did not strive to separate fact from fiction. So how much of what we know about Socrates is true?