• Adger_HERO

    Never Say Wolf

    How taboo language turned the wolf into a monster.

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    This Psychological Concept Could Be Shaping the Presidential Election

    Could Warren’s political fate in 2020 turn on voters who think she would make a great president choosing another candidate because they think that’s what their neighbors will do?Photograph by Maverick Pictures / Shutterstock Not too long ago, I briefly met Elizabeth Warren in a restaurant in Cambridge, near Harvard, where I’m now a postdoc […]

  • Gallagher_HERO

    The Cultural Distances Between Us

    Mapping the world’s psychological traits.

  • Genes_HERO

    The John, Paul, George, and Ringo of Genes

    A pictorial map of the genes that unite all life.

  • Brooks_HERO

    Why Astrology Matters

    Seeing meaning in the stars is a vital part of the scientific story.

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    How Ancient Light Reveals the Universe’s Contents

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog. In early 2003, Chuck Bennett learned the precise contents of the cosmos. By then, most cosmologists had concluded that the universe contains much more than meets the eye. Observations of pinwheeling galaxies suggested that scaffolds of invisible matter held their stars together, while a repulsive form of energy drove […]

  • Kommers_HERO

    We Are All Ancient Mapmakers

    Why we still see the world like the mathematician and poet who first mapped it.

  • Fisher_HERO

    These Maps Reveal Earth’s Unspoiled Places

    A revolution in archaeology is happening just when we need it most.

  • Rajagopalan_HERO

    The Brain Cells That Guide Animals

    New evidence the neural rules of navigation are universal.

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    The Brain Cells That Guide Animals

    Virtual-reality experiments on fruit flies offer insight into how the brains of mammals, like us, might build maps of their world.Photograph by Tanya Wolff It may seem absurd to compare a tiny fruit fly’s brain to that of a majestic elephant. Yet it is the dream of many neuroscientists to find deep rules that very […]