• Mcmahon_HERO

    From Isaac Newton to the Genius Bar

    Why it’s time to retire the concept of genius.

  • Berreby_HERO

    Cloudy With a Chance of War

    His weather forecasts changed the world. Could his predictions of war?

  • Ashley_HERO

    The Vulgar Mechanic and His Magical Oven

    A Renaissance alchemist pioneers feedback control.

  • Ferguson_HERO

    The Glassmaker Who Sparked Astrophysics

    His curious discovery, 200 years ago, foresaw our expanding universe.

  • Time Capsule

    Here’s Our Cutting-Edge, Crowdsourced Imaginary Time Capsule

    Humans have long had a desire to capture the now—to freeze the current moment to look back on after it has left us. We painted, wrote things down, developed photography and storage systems, and built vast libraries of books and images. In 1939, during the New York World’s Fair, Westinghouse introduced the first-ever “time capsule” […]

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    What Would You Put in a Science Time Capsule?

    It’s 2014: Sixty-one years since the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. Four hundred seventy one years since Copernicus published the heliocentric model of the universe. And one year since the Higgs Boson was discovered. In 100 years, how will we look back on today’s science? We’re building a scientific time capsule—a collection of […]