A New View of Time
Introducing the Nautilus Time Project.
Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?
The problem with C.P. Snow’s famous two-cultures hypothesis.
Waiting For the Robot Rembrandt
What needs to happen for artificial intelligence to make fine art.
Why Beauty Is Not Universal
We’re all human—so despite the vagaries of cultural context, might there exist a universal beauty that overrides the where and when? Might there be unchanging features of human nature that condition our creative choices, a timeless melody that guides the improvisations of the everyday? There has been a perpetual quest for such universals, because of […]
Video Games Do Guilt Better Than Any Other Art
The idea that motion pictures can be works of art has been around since the 1920s, and it hasn’t really been disputed since. It’s easy to see why—cinema shares characteristics with theater in terms of acting, direction, music, set design, narrative, and so on. Now we have whole academic departments dedicated to film appreciation, to […]
The World’s Most Inspirational Iceberg Isn’t What It Seems
The professional photographer who created a popular poster image takes it apart.
The Brief, Mystical Reign of the Wax Cadaver
Early medical models of human anatomy shrouded death in feminine beauty.
These Nature Photographs Aren’t What They Seem
The visual playfulness of Simen Johan.
What Do Romantic Aliens See at the End of Their Alien Days?
When it comes to exoplanets, reality is catching up with science fiction. Take Kepler-16b, a Saturn-size planet roughly 200 light-years from Earth that circles not just one star but a pair of stars. Nicknamed Tatooine, after the fictional home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker, this world must see sunsets that are twice as breathtaking. […]
Fallingwater: A Building That Bonds With Nature and Dances With Time
The water flowing down the stream’s banks sends a soft and consistent murmur through the forest. The flow, however, is far from continuous. At one point the cool water swirls in eddies and gathers in still pools, but then—almost accidentally—it surges forward and slips quickly over the ledge. It crashes loudly, bubbling up in a […]