Just a small gesture or a thoughtful comment can often alter a situation, or people’s perceptions of it, in ways that relieve tensions and make them feel appreciated and included.
All marbled crayfish descended from a single clone discovered in Heidelberg, Germany in 1995.
Ever wondered what oxytocin receptor proteins sound like?
Moments of social anxiety around truth tend to be accompanied by similar “fool the eye” pop culture phenomena.
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Lake Baikal holds nearly one-fourth of Earth's fresh surface water and is the most scientifically interesting lake on our planet.
The majority of the matter in our Universe isn't made of any of the particles in the Standard Model. Could the axion save the day?
Many contemporary composers live in the shadow of Bach and Beethoven, even though they’re just as interesting to listen to.
Drop sodium in water, and a violent, even explosive reaction will occur. But quantum physics is needed to explain why.
The combination of charge conjugation, parity, and time-reversal symmetry is known as CPT. And it must never be broken. Ever. The ultimate goal of physics is to accurately describe, as precisely […]
In 1966, Disney announced his intention to build Epcot, an acronym for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.”
The highest-energy particles of all come from space, not human-made colliders. When it comes to the most energetic particle collisions of all, you might think that the Large Hadron Collider […]
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 […]
Did the Milky Way form by slowly accreting matter or by devouring its neighboring galaxies? At last, we're uncovering our own history.
A few years ago, the first dark matter-free galaxies were announced, and then immediately disputed. Now, there are too many to ignore.
How can you "touch the Sun" if you've always been inside the solar corona, yet will never reach the Sun's photosphere?
From forecasting stock prices to diagnosing disease, Swarm AI enables better group decisions.
In 2006, the IAU demoted Pluto. Here’s what we know today. In 2006, the last planet in our Solar System suffered an unforgettable insult, as Pluto — known for generations as our ninth […]
Known as primordial black holes, they could thoroughly change our Universe's history. But the evidence is strongly against them.
It contains more water than all the Great Lakes combined, and the science of our planet explains why. Although practically all of Earth’s human population lives on dry land, our surface […]
The double-slit experiment, all these years later, still holds the key mystery at the heart of quantum physics. When we divide up matter into the smallest possible chunks that it’s made […]
The Universe, according to our best understanding, just doesn’t add up. The Universe, according to our best understanding, just doesn’t add up. Wherever we look — from tiny subatomic scales all the way […]
We might live in a quantum Universe, but we’ll violate the principle of relativity if space is discrete. If you try and divide matter into smaller and smaller chunks, you’ll […]
NASA's intrepid Curiosity rolls upward into Mars history.
LIGO just announced the second neutron star-neutron star merger ever seen in gravitational waves. It doesn’t match the first. On August 17, 2017, an event occurred that forever changed how we […]