Short sharp looks at science
How to Learn Without a Brain
Tiny box jellyfish are brainless—but they still make memories and adapt.
A New Way to Make Cells from Scratch
How scientists are engineering synthetic cells to be more life-like.
Alan Turing and the Power of Negative Thinking
Mathematical proofs based on a technique called diagonalization can be relentlessly contrarian, but they help reveal the limits of algorithms.
You’re More of a Climate Skeptic Than You Think
Here’s how psychology can help fix that. (It’s easier than you’d guess.)
The Case Against Cooking with Gas
New evidence suggests electric stoves are better for people and the planet.
Should You Ditch Your Eco-Friendly Drinking Straw?
Some of them contain materials that are harmful to human health.
The Wisdom of a Brainless Robot
How a soft-bodied machine uses physical intelligence to navigate.
Can We Stop Time in the Body?
Inside the “out there” quest for a drug that would help doctors save lives before it’s too late.
What the Earth Knows
How understanding Earth’s deep past can lead us into our radically altered future.
Pick Up Your Dog’s Poop or Else!
Science is coming after people who don’t give a @#$% about sidewalks.