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How scientific cosmology puts a new twist on the problem of evil.
When exile becomes home.
The neurology of dread and desire on Half Dome.
Genetic mutation changes from adaptive to dangerous after reproductive age.
Both geniuses and madmen pay attention to what others ignore.
Alt-realities, whether cosmic or VR, would undermine the laws of physics.
It’s the best of times or the worst of times in physics.
As scientists chase tantalizing hints of a new force, modern physics hangs in the balance.
As our lifespans have increased, so too have our active years. Can that go on?
Stuck in his research, a cosmologist finds a hint in an intricate drawing.
Are you a tyrant or a servant?
It’s time to give the violent metaphors of evolution a break.
Is there a biochemical reason that extreme weather makes us happy?
If you want to detect life on another planet, look for biomarkers—spectroscopic signatures of chemicals that betray the activity of living things. And in fact we may have already found…Read More
In his modestly titled 2010 book Beyond Business: An Inspirational Memoir From a Visionary Leader, John Browne, the former CEO of Beyond Petroleum (BP for short), recounted the company’s…Read More
Why should the share of women in a given occupation affect its average pay? It’s a curious inverse relationship. Census data show that when the former increases, the latter decreases—when…Read More
In the 1980s, a bioengineer named Norm Heglund was doing field work in Kenya, hoping to uncover the secrets of locomotion. It was a good gig. Heglund and his team spent their days shooting…Read More