What Hallucinogens Will Make You See
8 ways psychedelics distort our vision.
Were These Caves Licked into Place?
Some of the Earth’s hardest features have been shaped by soft animal bodies.
A New View of the Martian Globe
This map of Mars provides an in-depth look at its expansive geography and topography.
Finding the Color of an Empire
What a particular shade of black can teach us about an ancient civilization.
Welcome to The Porthole
Short sharp looks at science.
Saturn’s Rings Could Be Younger Than Flowers
We’re lucky that a relatively recent catastrophe created the gas-giant spectacle.
The Mystery of the Largest Light in the Sea
This giant squid has the world’s biggest light-producing organs. But why?
Who Should Make the Rules That Govern AI?
One question for Laura Weidinger and Iason Gabriel, research scientists at Google DeepMind.
Global Warming Could Make Some Fish Less Nutritious
The nutrient composition of ocean life is changing.
A Conversation with Animal Rights Pioneer Peter Singer
“Animal Liberation” is nearly 50 years old. What have we learned?