Humans Are Overzealous Whale Morticians
We hastily dispose of dead whales, ignoring the ecological significance of their carcasses.
How Your Brain Fills in the Blanks with Experience
Our neurocircuitry is profoundly shaped by a lifetime of learning.
Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement
Three computer scientists have posted a proof of the NLTS conjecture, showing that systems of entangled particles can remain difficult to analyze even away from extremes.
Why We Need to Study Nothing
The origins of the universe may be hidden in the voids of space.
Embryo Cells Set Patterns for Growth by Pushing and Pulling
Patterns that guide the development of feathers and other features can be set by mechanical forces in the embryo, not just by gradients of chemicals.
The Case for Popularizing Ocean Science
Why Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Carlie Wiener thinks octopuses and science fiction matter to ocean conservation.
The High Price of Cheap Shrimp
Our appetite is destroying a natural bulwark against climate change.
Life Helps Make Almost Half of All Minerals on Earth
A new origins-based system for classifying minerals reveals the huge geochemical imprint that life has left on Earth. It could help us identify other worlds with life too.
Overthrowing the Patriarchy Through Ecstatic Sex
Zoologist Lucy Cooke uncovers the sexual power of females in the animal world.
A Surprising Side of Carl Sagan
In Contact, the great science advocate posed a religious question about the cosmos.
Moving Beyond Mimicry in Artificial Intelligence
What makes pre-trained AI models so impressive—and potentially harmful.