A levitating vehicle might someday explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces.
A century ago, electric cars were common. The fact that they were almost entirely replaced due to the internal combustion engine is a testament to the glacial pace of battery breakthroughs.
Space planes could radically lower the cost of spaceflight.
Long assumed to be a devoted vegetarian, ancient sloths were fine with some meat.
One single plot of data embodies the most profound thing we know about the stars.
Nanofabricators could quickly synthesize whatever we need, molecule by molecule.
Our economy is dominated by middlemen, including huge companies such as Walmart and Amazon. There are many benefits to going direct instead.
How many hurdles stand in the way of hyperloops becoming a commercial reality?
The gospels imply that Jesus became famous as much for his exorcisms as his ministry.
Presidential gravesites are spread out “democratically” — but this is more by accident than design.
Think leisure is pointless?
Researchers at University College London link waist circumference with dementia.
Satire and an inflated sense of self-importance collide in a series of maps that goes back more than 100 years in American history.
Time isn't the same for everyone, even on Earth. Flying around the world gave Einstein the ultimate test. No one is immune from relativity.
Fighting boredom with banjos and Russian grammar: Tips from polar explorers for surviving months of isolation
How did the Antarctic explorers survive tedium in the early 1900s?
Is it groupthink? Or is there a deeper reason? In the early half of the 20th century, even after the discovery of the expanding Universe, physicists considered a wide variety of […]
The Chegg cheating scandal reveals a critical need to rethink the student experience in post-COVID education.
David Bienenstock has made it his mission to keep the history of cannabis alive.
It's not for climate science and condensed matter physics. It's for advancing our understanding beyond spherical cows.
Historically, periods of mass flourishing are underpinned by technological revolutions. Currently, we are undergoing a technological revolution unlike anything the world has ever seen.
A fascinating mathematical structure exists that goes well beyond our common experience. Could it revolutionize physics? Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the Universe is that every particle within it — at […]
On May 4, 1970, the National Guard shot and killed four students during an anti-war protest. The massacre went on to change American culture forever.