“Hubble’s Law” is only an approximation, and breaks down when we need it most. From anywhere in the Universe, you can choose to look out at any other galaxy that’s present. […]
"Politics is weird. It’s the only business in the world in which you take a really, really important position, and you give it to someone with no qualifications." —Tony Blair
“How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?” Steinbeck writes.
How quickly is it expanding today, and how does that expansion rate change over time? What is the Universe made of? How quickly is it expanding today, and how does that […]
In his new book, "Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy," former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang explores how media narratives can warp public perception of political candidates.
Many contemporary composers live in the shadow of Bach and Beethoven, even though they’re just as interesting to listen to.
In a nod to its addictive qualities, it was first dubbed “Some More.”
Is "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch a condemnation of sin or a celebration of hedonism? Art historians still aren’t sure.
Imagine how different our understanding of the Universe would be if we saw nothing beyond the Milky Way. Our corner of the Universe was gifted with a plethora of bright, nearby […]
The questions about which massive structures to build, and where, are actually very hard to answer. Infrastructure is always about the future: It takes years to construct, and lasts for years beyond that.
Once a book is published, who gets to interpret it? Us or the author?
On New Year's Eve 1899, the captain of this Pacific steamliner sailed into history. Or did he?
Why do flocks of birds swoop and swirl together in the sky? A biologist explains the science of murmurations
Murmurations have no leader and follow no plan.
Listening to some songs can cause a powerful physiological response known as "frisson." What is it, and why does it happen?
Benjamin Franklin once wrote in a letter that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” As much as we admire Franklin’s wit, he forgot […]
Science and the humanities have been antagonistic for too long. Many of the big questions of our time require them to work closer than ever.
From questionable shipwrecks to outright attacks, the Sentinelese clearly don't want to be bothered.
What if you are the only person in the world who can think?
Words of wisdom from H.P. Lovecraft, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dr. Temple Grandin, Hannah Gadsby and more.
Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of fire.
Legendary cartoonist John Groth's pictorial map captures LA's film factories in their Golden Age.
Fifty years of research on children's toy preferences shows that kids generally prefer toys oriented toward their own gender.
The first personality tests revolved around assessing people’s reactions to ambiguous and often unsettling images. Today, the gold standard is a barrage of questions.
For the Iroquois, it was a type of military training and a way to honor the gods.
As with any "big idea" progress means a lot of different things to different people and not everyone comes into the discussion with the same priors. Some experts are primarily focused on material progress while others emphasize the importance of moral progress. So to start the discussion, we asked each expert to define the term as they see it from their specific vantage point.
Even the most unorthodox posthumous plans have their own historical, spiritual, and scientific significance.