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    A Breakthrough in Measuring the Building Blocks of Nature

    An artistic rendering of the quarks and gluons that make up a proton.Illustration by D. Dominguez / CERN In a recent experiment done at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, in Germany, physicist Alexey Grinin and his colleagues came a step closer to resolving one of the more significant puzzles to have arisen in […]

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    Humans Have Rights and So Should Nature

    An “Earth lawyer” argues for cultural transformation in environmental law.

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    We Didn’t Evolve for This

    A lesson from the animal kingdom on why COVID-19 is so deadly to humans.

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    Why Humans Wage War

    War is purposeful and calculating. The more organized we are, the better we get at fighting.

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    We’re the Cosmic 1 Percent But Our Solar System Isn’t a Complete Weirdo

    About half of all stars seem to have “super-Earth” planets on orbits closer to their stars than Mercury is to the Sun, but we don’t.Illustration by Vadim Sadovski / Shutterstock Is Earth unique? Once a grand philosophical question, it has, over the past two decades, become, with the discovery of thousands of planets around other […]

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    How to Talk Like a Physicist

    Theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder, who probably is the smartest person on her block, has fun in her latest video skewering the scientific braggart.Photograph by Francisco De Legarreta C. / Unsplash The other night I was out on our street with the neighbors for a socially distanced hang. My two-year-old daughter, mistaking the only street light […]

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    The Man Who Saw the Pandemic Coming

    Will the world now wake up to the global threat of zoonotic diseases?

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    Vaccines Are the Safest Medical Procedure We Have. Make Your Wager Wisely

    All drugs and treatments have side effects, but vaccines in general have the fewest.Illustration by eamesBot / Shutterstock In the late 1650’s, the French polymath and renowned scientist Blaise Pascal, having undergone a religious experience that transformed him into something of a zealot, suggested the following logical strategy regarding belief in God: If there is […]

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    Reading, That Strange and Uniquely Human Thing

    How we evolved to read is a story of one creative species.

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    The Sight of Jupiter and Saturn Together Is a Beautiful Thing

    A conjunction is a good time to reflect on our cosmic heritage, and on the long shadows cast by the gas giants.Illustration by SN VFX / Shutterstock Today, December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear extremely close to each other in the sky, less than a tenth of a degree apart, about one fifth the […]