New Veggies for a Warming Planet
We need a diversity of crops to adapt to Earth’s changing climate.
Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner
How the biggest farming practice you’ve never heard of is changing your food.
A Eulogy for a Cow
How commodified animals die.
The Best Burger Place Is a Lab
Growing meat cell by cell is better for your wallet and the world.
Should You Feed Your Kid Probiotics?
It’s not as simple as you think.
Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food
How the chili pepper got to China.
The Neuroscience of Wine
Why our minds can be led astray about the tastes of wines.
The Colors We Eat
Food color does more than guide us—it changes the experience of taste.
How Your Brain Gaslights You—for Your Own Good
Nailia Schwarz via Shutterstock Runners can tell you that sometimes the last mile of a run seems to feel dramatically longer than the first. This perceptual distortion isn’t limited to brains addled by exercise—it’s a consistent feature of our minds. When we look at the world, it certainly feels like we’re seeing things as […]
How to Avoid the Desperate Future of “Interstellar”
In 2011 America’s astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, was on Real Time with Bill Maher discussing the proposed termination of NASA’s James Webb Telescope, which the House Appropriations Committee had decried as “billions of dollars over budget and plagued by poor management.” Tyson went on to deliver what is now one of his most famous quotes: […]