Whether they’re gas giants or rocky planets makes all the difference for life. Over the past 30 years, we went from not knowing if there were planets like ours around other […]
Buildings don't have to be permanent — modular construction can make them modifiable and relocatable.
An MIT system uses wireless signals to measure in-home appliance usage to better understand health tendencies.
Dinosaurs never left Earth, but they still traveled millions of miles through the Milky Way galaxy.
Despite the enormous flood of recent reports, there’s no good evidence for a lab leak. At the very end of 2019, a new disease began to emerge in humans: COVID-19. Originally […]
Virtual reality continues to blur the line between the physical and the digital, and it will change our lives forever.
When two black holes that shouldn’t exist are seen merging, physics has some explaining to do. After years of searching for gravitational waves, it finally happened: LIGO bagged the biggest one […]
Radio-frequency signals can be used to track peoples' movements in their own homes.
A black hole’s event horizon is thought of as the point of no return. But perhaps there are ways back out, after all. Black holes just might be the most extreme […]
Carl Sagan—who first coined the term—was tempted to call them "star-tar."
Maps show the oldest company in (nearly) every country – and a few interesting corporate trends.
Saudade: the untranslatable Portuguese word that names the presence of absence and takes melancholy delight in what's gone.
A significant hangup on the way to portable artificial intelligence has been the neural synapse, which has been particularly tricky to reproduce in hardware. Until now.
One billion people have little or no access to electricity; even more have limited access, or have service which is unreliable. Hertz Foundation Fellow Dr. Max Mankin has a plan to solve this.
Light pollution may be taking away the night sky, but it’s only a short journey to dark conditions for all of us. “In order for the light to shine so brightly […]
It’s hard to imagine empathy being anything but beneficial. It has become one of the most championed mental states in the neuroscience age: the ability to feel what someone else is feeling and, if all goes well, extend a hand altruistically or compassionately.
In the car, I listen to country music. Country has an ideology. Not to say country has a position on abortion, exactly. But country music, taken as a whole, has […]
The celebrity sex tape seems to be a modern phenomenon, but long before voyeurs could download the peccadilloes of Paris and Pam there was The Night Banquet of Han Xizai. […]