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A New Way to Make Cells from Scratch
How scientists are engineering synthetic cells to be more life-like.
The Sneaky Force Behind Our Sun’s Violent Outbursts
A strange discovery from flying close to the sun.
Alan Turing and the Power of Negative Thinking
Mathematical proofs based on a technique called diagonalization can be relentlessly contrarian, but they help reveal the limits of algorithms.
The “Tortured Artist” Inside All Of Us
A conversation with issue 51 cover artist Jennifer Bruce.
Where the Wild Bees Are
San Diego is a biodiversity hotspot for bees. Researchers need help documenting them.
Salt Taste Is Surprisingly Mysterious
Too much sodium is bad, but so is too little—no wonder the body has two sensing mechanisms.
Why Did That Come to Mind?
The hidden logic behind what pops into your head.
You’re More of a Climate Skeptic Than You Think
Here’s how psychology can help fix that. (It’s easier than you’d guess.)
Why Ships Kill Thousands of Whales Every Year
An interview with the documentary filmmaker who has spotlighted the deadly ocean collisions.
The Case Against Cooking with Gas
New evidence suggests electric stoves are better for people and the planet.