I Am Not a Monster
Science has turned the squid from a storied monster into a marvel.
Ingenious: Jack Gilbert
The professor of surgery explains how health emerges from a healthy microbiome.
How Single Women Are Changing Society
Thinking out of the nuclear family box.
Head to Head: Should We Allow a Doping Free-for-All?
Two philosophers debate the ethics of performance enhancement.
Why We Swim in Quarries
The powerful allure of the deep azure.
The Caveman Guide to Parenting
Every evening as the sun sets, Robb Wolf begins his nightly ritual: While his two daughters play, he slowly dims the lights, just a few lumens every 20 to 30 minutes, until the house, in Reno, Nevada, is dark. The family is asleep before 8 p.m. and awake before dawn, as Wolf imagines our ancestors […]
Is This New Swim Stroke the Fastest Yet?
The surprising performance and physics of the fish kick.
Why Do People Have Such Strong Feelings for the Portland Airport’s Carpet?
A typical view of the Portland airport’s old carpet on social mediaMichael Morgan via Flickr “Take a pic of your feet on the carpet,” texted my sister. I had just landed in Portland, Oregon, to visit my siblings, and was walking to the airport exit. Autocorrect must have made a mistake, I thought. Yet I […]
Is DNA the Language of the Book of Life?
Thinking of nucleobases as a long sequence of letters may contribute to the illusion that DNA is a language.Neil Palmer / CIAT via Flickr When we talk about genes, we often use expressions inherited from a few influential geneticists and evolutionary biologists, including Francis Crick, James Watson, and Richard Dawkins. These expressions depict DNA as […]