• The Amazing Brain

    Scientists—to be specific, neuroscientist David Eagleman and cognitive scientist Ann-Sophie Barwich—evoke the poet Emily Dickinson in this mini-issue of Nautilus as they explain how the brain absorbs the world, “As Sponges—Buckets—do.” In the scientists’ words, the brain’s bioelectrical ability to change and adapt, in response to environments in flux, is a marvel.   

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    The App That Offers Cosmic Awe

    Like any good version of Powers of Ten, use this app and you can find yourself getting that feeling of cosmic awe—it might take a little attention, but that’s always going to be true.Photograph by RollingCamera / Shutterstock One of the weirdest things about our human experience of the world is how remarkably narrow it […]

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    The Psychic Toll of Severing the Hunter-Prey Relationship

    The emotional connection between hunter and hunted raises important questions about what happens when an animal species disappears—what is the human response to such ill-fate?Wellcome Images / Wikicommons A productive hunt is a violent act—success requiring as it does the dismemberment of a living creature. Yet, to focus alone on the concluding moment, the bloody […]

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    Our Mind-Boggling Sense of Smell

    How your brain identifies an aroma from its minute molecular traces is a marvel.

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    Your Brain Makes You a Different Person Every Day

    Our brains are wired for new sensations.

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    The Neurology of Flow States

    Why time vanishes when you’re jamming.