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The simple nerve cells of sea creatures helped scientists fathom human memory.
How coral revolutionized human bone repair.
A fluorescent protein helped researchers illuminate human cellular biology.
This Yellowstone bacterium sparked PCR, one of the great advances in genetics.
The $325 billion biotech industry began with the discovery of an enzyme to slice DNA.
The responsibilities and challenges of programmed luck.
It’s not the immensity or inscrutability, but that it reduces physical law to happenstance.
The conservation ecologist discusses the plight of animals in a human-dominated landscape.
How cities are like Kim Kardashian.
The Gaia hypothesis implies that once alien life takes hold, it will flourish.
Nature makes chance, humans make luck.
The surprising message of the statistics of wealth distribution.
There’s more than one way to build a universe suitable for life.
Fantasy sports are more skill-based than real ones.
It pays to imagine your life is on a winning streak.
If multiverses seem weird, it’s because we need to revamp our notions of time and space.
There are two flavors of uncertainty in our lives. Math helps with both.
Luck can seem synonymous with randomness. To call someone lucky is usually to deny the relevance of their hard work or talent. As Richard Wiseman, the Professor of Public Understanding…Read More
In the historical novel The Black Tulip, written by Alexandre Dumas, an honest and decent Dutch tulip fancier is nearly brought to ruin by his quest to breed a purely black flower. More…Read More
The police don’t often sympathize with speeding drivers, but if you’re a quantum gravity physicist who was distracted by a grand epiphany while driving at night, you might have a better…Read More
You may have once seen a giant face in the clouds. Perhaps it took you aback, amused you, or maybe it prompted an “uncanny valley” kind of sensation—realness, but with a lingering…Read More