• Frontiers

    Science is a perennial journey to the frontiers of knowledge, where transformations of life and society begin. This month we venture from the quark to the black hole, with plenty of surprises on Earth along the way, to spotlight head-spinning research and experiments.   

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    Why America Is Ripe for Election Conspiracy Theorizing

    One day in 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, where the founders were debating the shape of a new government. He was confronted by Elizabeth Willing Powel, a society figure and wife of the Philadelphia mayor. “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” she asked. “A republic,” Franklin […]

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    Why Your Brain’s Sense of Time Is So Elastic

    Our sense of time may be the scaffolding for all of our experience and behavior, but it is an unsteady and subjective one, expanding and contracting like an accordion. Emotions, music, events in our surroundings and shifts in our attention all have the power to speed time up for us or slow it down. When […]

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    Why We Judge People Based on Their Relatives

    Imagine you’ve moved into a new neighborhood. You and your new neighbor, Jack, quickly build a friendly rapport and, after a couple weeks, you give him a set of keys, in case of emergency. One day, returning his hammer you borrowed, you see a young guy stumbling out of Jack’s front door, a laptop in […]

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    What You Can Learn from Living in Antarctica

    Wisdom from the end of the Earth.

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    Are We Wired to Be Outside?

    A neuroscientist searches for the roots of feeling innately connected to nature.

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    These Photos Remind Us Why Conservation Matters

    Enjoy the 2020 winners of a natural photography competition.

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    The English Word That Hasn’t Changed in Sound or Meaning in 8,000 Years

    The word lox was one of the clues that eventually led linguists to discover who the Proto-Indo-Europeans were, and where they lived.Photograph by Helen Cook / Flickr One of my favorite words is lox,” says Gregory Guy, a professor of linguistics at New York University. There is hardly a more quintessential New York food than […]

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    We Never Know Exactly Where We’re Going in Outer Space

    Adventures in space travel remind us how imprecisely we measure reality.

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    New Veggies for a Warming Planet

    We need a diversity of crops to adapt to Earth’s changing climate.