The Universe Has Already Made Almost All the Stars It Will Ever Make
Black holes are cosmic dimmers.
Here’s Where Our Minds Sharpen in Old Age
Fluid intelligence has several aspects, and aging affects them differently.
We Have to Talk About Doubt
How to tell the difference between scientific and conspiratorial skepticism.
My Personal Quest to Study Supernovae on Mars
Overcoming sexist naysayers and self-doubt in astrophysics.
How I Escaped My Troubles Through Science
My life in theoretical physics took a fateful turn after 9/11.
The Ecology of Good Weed
How one small farmer is creating a buzz with organic pot.
The Electromagnetic Force of Fridge Magnets
An illustrated guide to the universal laws in your kitchen.
Why You May Have More Friends Than Your Friends Do
There’s a rude charm to the title, “Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You.” It’s catchy, like the title of an antagonistic explainer: Here are the causes of your lackluster social life. It sounds more like a New York Times op-ed than an academic paper. But in fact, “Why Your Friends Have More Friends […]
The Beauty of Crossed Brain Wires
Synesthesia makes ordinary life marvelous.
The Transcendence of Tantric Sex
A psychologist argues science can take a lesson from ritual about how to heal.