logo

Play

  • placeholder

    The Case for Eating Jellyfish

    A few summers ago, Stefano Piraino was walking along the rocky shoreline on a small island off the coast of Sicily when he spotted a washed up jellyfish. Naturally, he tore a piece off and popped it into his mouth. “After a few days in that state they lose their stinging cells, and the UV […]

  •  Mcelwee_HERO

    Presenting the Scrabble Luck Calculator

    Are you as good at Scrabble as you think?

  • Cowen_HERO-2

    When We Were the Cosmos

    The director of the Griffith Observatory revisits the dawn of astronomy.

  • Brooks_HERO

    The Spirit of the Inquisition Lives in Science

    What a 16th-century scientist can tell us about the fate of a physicist like David Bohm.

  • placeholder

    A Close Look at Newborn Planets Reveals Hints of Infant Moons

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. Astronomers have spent decades, if not centuries, hoping to see embryonic planets. As of a year ago, the closest they had come was the discovery of gaps, thought to be caused by budding planets, in the spinning disks of gas and dust that surround young stars. But they […]

  • WeChat_HERO

    WeChat Is Watching

    Living in China with the app that knows everything about me.

  • placeholder

    The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face

    Over a decade ago, I was sitting in a college math physics course and my professor spelt out an idea that kind of blew my mind. I think it isn’t a stretch to say that this is one of the most widely applicable mathematical discoveries, with applications ranging from optics to quantum physics, radio astronomy, […]

  • Wagner_HERO

    Why It Pays to Play Around

    Play is so important that nature invented it long before it invented us.

  • Vanderbilt_HERO_emojiarm3

    Raising the American Weakling

    There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.

  • Barth_HERO-2

    The Unique Neurology of the Sports Fan’s Brain

    Why we get off on the game—and are better off for it.