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Maybe energy can be created and destroyed, or maybe the notion doesn’t quite make sense.
Math won’t solve quantum gravity. Experimentation will.
Avi Loeb has a lot of thoughts about aliens and scientific prejudice.
The rise and fall of the claustrum epitomizes the hunt for consciousness in the brain.
The Dragonfly telescope is pushing the boundaries of small-scale observational astronomy.
Fritz Zwicky decoded how exploding stars fill space with cosmic rays.
I design thought experiments to provoke dialogue about who and what we want to become.
Readers’ favorite posts explore a Dutch cure for stress and memories you can inject.
Readers’ favorite articles explore tree smarts and the end of the gene as we know it.
A masterclass on what science needs now.
Instructional videos can teach us anything—especially if you watch them this way.
A game theorist breaks down the effects of inequality.
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