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Our culture has two types of forgetting.
How a homemade piece of lab equipment is recreating chemical evolution on early Earth.
What happens when a person is simultaneously lost and found?
The surprising importance of spontaneous order and noise to how we think.
The idea that some species are relics that have stopped evolving is finally going extinct.
From quantum information to the Schwarzschild radius.
Quantum mechanics rescued our understanding of past and future from the black hole.
Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy.
A new genetic technology that can quickly change entire populations gets broader.
Physicist Paul Steinhardt remembers a great mentor and scientist.
Our physiological processes become increasingly simple as we age.
How reconciling opposites is driving the science of black holes forward.
Oscar Wilde, the famed Irish essayist and playwright, had a gift, among other things, for counterintuitive aphorisms. In “The Soul of Man Under Socialism,” an 1891 article, he wrote,…Read More
On this past International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reread a bit of Bertrand Russell. In 1933, dismayed at the Nazification of Germany, the philosopher wrote “The Triumph of Stupidity,”…Read More
It looks like grownups can disregard the fear-mongering about the ill effects of digital media on kids. A 2017 study in Child Development found “little or no support for harmful links…Read More
Can we apply a physics-like reductionism to people? That’s a question we asked Simon DeDeo, a professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, who also heads the…Read More