Welcome to Nautilus. We are delighted you joined us. We are here to tell you about science and its endless connections to our lives. Each month we choose a single topic. And each Thursday we publish a new chapter on that topic online. Each issue combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story told by the world’s leading thinkers and writers. We follow the story wherever it leads us. Read our essays, investigative reports, and blogs. Fiction, too. Take in our games, videos, and graphic stories. Stop in for a minute, or an hour. Nautilus lets science spill over its usual borders. We are science, connected.


John Steele
Publisher and Editorial Director
Michael Segal
Editor in Chief
Kevin Berger
Features Editor
Ariel Bleicher
Senior Editor
Amos Zeeberg
Digital Editor
Len Small
Art Director
Liz Peterson
Production Editor
Nicholas Garber
Senior Designer
Meehan Crist
Francesco Izzo
Consulting Designer
Yvonne Bang
Assistant Editor/Video Production Manager
Claire Cameron
Social Media & News Editor
Brian Gallagher 
Assistant Editor
Shannon Hall
Regan Penaluna

Editorial Interns
Chikaodili Okaneme
Online Store/Marketing Intern
Morgan Nalls Steele
Social Media Intern
Dehlia Hannah
Contract Philosopher
Renata Guyfner
Finance Manager
Peter DuCharme
Director of Technology and Development
Alissa Levin, Point Five Design
Creative Consultant


Bob Bazell
Adjunct Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale
Christina Beck
Head of Science & Corporate Communications, The Max Planck Society
Sean Carroll
Senior Research Associate, Department of Physics, California Institute of Technology
Jennifer Dunne
Professor, Chair of Faculty and V.P. for Science, Santa Fe Institute
Josh Empson
Managing Director, Providence Equity Partners
Bran Ferren
Co-Chairman, Applied Minds
Stuart Firestein
Chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
David Fitzpatrick
Scientific Director & CEO, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
Peter Galison
Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University
Thomas Campbell Jackson
Venture Partner, Easton Capital Investment Group
David Kaiser
Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science, MIT
Lisa Kaltenegger
Associate Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University and the Director of the Carl Sagan Institute
Sep Kamvar
The LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and the Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab
Gayil Nalls
Artist, Philosopher, and Writer
Elisa New
Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard
Gerry Ohrstrom
Private investor and producer. Former Chairman G.L. Ohrstrom & Co and the Ohrstrom Foundation
Jerry Sabloff
President Santa Fe Institute
Paula Sabloff
Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Caleb Scharf
Director of Astrobiology, Columbia University
Ian Tattersall
Curator Emeritus, American Museum of Natural History
Geoffrey West
Distinguished Professor, Santa Fe Institute

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