When I sat down with Iain Douglas-Hamilton at his home in Nairobi to learn how he went from deploying the first radio collars on elephants in 1968 to deploying the first GPS collars on them in 1995, he told me about an elephant named Parsitau.
Just because we could do something doesn’t mean we should. We must first ask: Is there anything wrong with humanity reshaping Mars for its own ends?
In the future, genetic engineers may be able to modify strength, size, explosiveness, endurance, quickness, speed, and even the determination and drive required for extensive athletic training.
The story behind the birth of the information age.
Black holes are heavy and hard to see, just the properties we need to account for the missing matter of the universe.
Life is probably constrained to be about the sizes we see on Earth, and there are good reasons for that.
Explanations for how ball lightning is formed are even more diverse than its physical characteristics.
The unique qualities of ancient Roman concrete could change the way we build today.
The father of information theory built a machine to game roulette, then abandoned it.
It's a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano, with the capacity to eject more than 240 cubic miles of material.
Your life’s memories could, in principle, be stored in the universe’s structure.
It’s a billion-dollar industry with virtually no medical oversight.
Emojis are the body language of the digital age.
Understanding any city requires understanding how all cities scale.
Since we know how gravity works, and how orbits evolve, we have the tools we need to figure out the sardine-iest configuration of planets that can stably fit in a star's habitable zone.
Soon after Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil, 70 feet down, in Titusville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 27, 1859, he had a problem. He had nowhere to store the dark green liquid, and no good way to move it.
The reason why we see the structure we do is that scientists act like a sieve and focus only on those phenomena that have structure and are predictable.
Humans universally make Us/Them dichotomies along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. And it’s not a pretty picture.
The Arais do not merely dissect illusions, but can generate them, taking an image that looks boringly normal and making subtle changes, to color and contrast, to fool our brains.
"We would have been infinitely better off today had Rafinesque never written or published anything appertaining to the subject."