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Pipeline fights have a longer history than you think.
How the unlikely and unexplainable, strange and terrifying, spawned the age of science.
Understanding any city requires understanding how all cities scale.
A daring experiment builds a new tame species in just 60 years.
Hydrothermal vent models transform the origins of life from unlikely to near-inevitable.
It’s not as simple as you think.
Your life’s memories could, in principle, be stored in the universe’s structure.
A new theory sheds light on the emergence of life’s complexity.
The father of information theory built a machine to game roulette, then abandoned it.
How the Gold Rush and Fossil Rush came together.
I wanted to build the ideal collaborator. Was I ever surprised.
Reflections on Sam Shepard’s time at the Santa Fe Institute I was first introduced to Sam by our mutual friend Valerie Plame Wilson. Sam had played Valerie’s father in the cinematic…Read More
Robert Conquest, a historian of Soviet Russia and a poet, once summarized Shakespeare’s 28-line poem, “The Seven Ages of Man,” in five lines. They go like this: Seven Ages: first…Read More
Every so often, given the proper conditions, a small and roughly spherical piece of the atmosphere around us will briefly catch fire. As they are best viewed late into the night and have…Read More
The Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder can be charmingly self-deprecating. He attempted, in the 1st century A.D., to curate all ancient knowledge in his Natural History, yet he described…Read More