What our experiment in the desert taught us about social networks and human cooperation.
There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.
Whether it's our country or our football team, people need somewhere to belong.
Have mechanisms like democratization really fostered an enduring trend of peaceful co-existence, or is this just a statistical fluke — a normal interlude of relative calm before another global-scale conflagration?
Why we get off on the game — and are better off for it.
Mark Beeman and his colleagues found that people are more likely to maintain broader attention and solve problems when they're in a positive mood.
A few summers ago, Stefano Piraino was walking along the rocky shoreline on a small island off the coast of Sicily when he spotted a washed up jellyfish. Naturally, he tore a piece off and popped it into his mouth.
Living in China with the app that knows everything about me.
William Labov took something as small as one letter and showed how a subtle detail of our language could tell who we are.
Can birds on different branches of the evolutionary tree really be part of the same species? The answer depends on what you mean by "species."
The modern world has made kindness harder. Empathy has dwindled steadily, especially in the 21st century. The average person in 2009 was less empathic than 75 percent of people in 1979.
Modern American society, and Western societies more generally, tend to look back on ancient Rome as the pinnacle of Western civilization. We emulate their institutions and cultural practices. Why? Are they worth it?
"The pronunciation in the Proto-Indo-European was probably 'lox,' and that's exactly how it is pronounced in modern English."
The great irony of black holes is that, in all the decades that we astrophysicists have talked about them, we never had any direct observational evidence for them. Until now.
Any shared sense of "now" is a nonstarter. We don't really share the present moment with anyone.
Scientists might need to take a cue from artists to adapt our cities for climate change.
Clearly, asking questions about consciousness does not prove anything per se. But could an AI zombie formulate such questions by itself, without hearing them from another source or belching them out from random outputs?
A "memory matrix" might solve Stephen Hawking's black-hole paradox.
Two philosophers of science diagnose our age of fake news.
Astronomers turned a fantastic concept into reality.