We see evolution as a dog-eat-dog, violent free-for-all, but research suggests that evolution flourishes with cooperation — or, as one researcher puts it, the "snuggle for survival."
If you're a jerk when you gain power, you'll become more of one. If you're a mensch, you'll get nicer.
Although the overall proportion of female researchers has grown since the 1990s, progress has been uneven.
By understanding, measuring, and taking advantage of the way the constituent parts of our skeletons align to transfer weight through our bodies and to the ground, a new generation of engineers are developing artificial exoskeletons that promise to provide new mobility to the disabled, and augment the able-bodied.
Each time we peel back one layer of reality, other layers beckon.
As scientists chase tantalizing hints of a new force, modern physics hangs in the balance.
Genetic mutation changes from adaptive to dangerous after reproductive age.
At its core is an insight about the relationship between planets and life that has changed our understanding of both, and is shaping how we look for life on other worlds.
Five of the most symmetrical objects humans have ever crafted, and why they were so hard to make.
How much does the Earth weigh? A firm answer didn’t arrive until the Englishman John Michell figured out a way. Little known today, he was actually one of the cleverest clergymen of the 18th century.
The zebra mussel is best thought of not as an individual organism but instead, like a cancer cell, part of a greater scourge. One that's destroying the Great Lakes' unique ecosystem without mercy.
A recent New Yorker article stated that a quantum computer "would, on its first day of operation, be capable of cracking the Internet's most widely used codes." But maybe they won’t be as useful as we have been led to believe.
In the Texas tower shooter's autopsy in 1966, a small tumor was found in his brain — and it might have been at least partially responsible for his rampage. As our understanding of neuroscience progresses, will our understanding of criminal justice change with it?
Harvey Friedman is about to bring incompleteness and infinity out of quarantine.
On the human scale a holographic universe would be indistinguishable from the reality we expect, but on a cosmic scale there could be subtle differences we might be able to detect.
Something like this scenario has actually been discovered in nature, albeit not with humans.
Our brains are pretty good at distinguishing the size of the difference between small numbers (2,000, for instance) and big ones (let's say, 500 million). But we have real trouble figuring out the distance between two big numbers (like 50 billion and 1 trillion). Why?
What makes a person magnetic and why we should be wary.
A chat with the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment.
When we don’t meet or confront people face to face, says Nicholas Epley, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago, we don’t get to know them or sense what’s in their mind.