The John, Paul, George, and Ringo of Genes
A pictorial map of the genes that unite all life.
The Ocean in Motion
How Earth’s seas get around.
Humanity’s Most Problematic Attempts to Get All the Water
Survival shows are running amok. The contestants are naked; they’re two out-of-shape guys in the woods; they’re stuck on an island. Despite differences in attire or setting, one thing remains constant: For every survivor, finding potable water is the first order of business. But the challenge doesn’t end there: First they find water; then they […]
Infected Monkeys and Other Cautionary Tales From the Biolab
No matter how safe the lab is, humans working with deadly bioagents can make errors.
David Deutsch Explains Why It’s Good To Be Wrong
Making a mistake on a science exam is bad. So is publishing a paper with flawed reasoning. But what about being fallible in the first place? That, says David Deutsch, should be embraced. Deutsch is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a pioneer in quantum computing, and a popular science book author. He is also […]
Meet the 17-Year-Old, Award-Winning, Rube Goldberg Parts Manufacturer
Tommy George and the Agents of SHIELD shot a Nerf ball and erased a whiteboard.
Thank You for Buying “Call of Duty” & Helping to Fight Cancer!
No still image can show the amazing realism of the Call of Duty games—but this can give you an idea.Activision If you’ve seen the latest ads for the video game Call of Duty, they are almost guaranteed to have left an impression. First-person view, blasting through doors, dodging bullets, jumping off buildings with Taylor Kitsch […]
How a Snowflake Turns Into an Avalanche
Meet the avalanche engineers of the Subzero Laboratory.
A Photographer Who Tinkers with Time
How Adam Magyar slows down in the most impatient places.
Secrets in the Ice
Love notes and warning messages are buried in Earth’s frozen archive.