What math can teach us about finding order in our chaotic lives.
We presume ourselves to be so special that the question "Where is everybody as complex and important as ourselves (or more)?" cannot be taken seriously.
Have you ever wondered how your life might be different if you could see beyond the visible light spectrum—into ultraviolet or infrared?
A behavioral scientist unravels one of our most cherished conceptions.
One of Burnham's remarks on Marc Maron's podcast recurred to me last week after reading a 2018 paper on talent, luck and "the role of randomness in success and failure" by a trio of physicists and economists.
We still don't know how these form, but we believe they exist at the center of almost every galaxy, sometimes having the power to alter the appearance of their entire galaxy.
It turns out that, even in a highly coordinated hive, antisocial individuals persist.
How culture and history make American and Russian smiles different.
While many residents fear the monthly rocket launches that pepper the region with debris, others see in it a unique opportunity. Resourceful scrap dealers wait for the announcement of rocket launches and then watch the sky with binoculars.
A partial solution to the problem of punishing droughts may be to snatch water from the air, "Dune"-style.
What's intriguing about anonymous giving, and other behaviors apparently designed to obscure good traits and acts, like modesty, is that it's "hard to reconcile with standard evolutionary accounts of pro-social behavior."
The neurology of flow states.
A dispatch from the front lines of the war against antibiotic resistance.
Like mobile phones that have bypassed the need for a cabled telephone infrastructure, some engineers, designers and humanitarian workers argue not for better sewage systems, but for smarter toilets.
Far from being a symptom of linguistic indifference or moral decay, dropping or reducing sounds displays an underlying logic similar to the data-compression schemes that are used to create MP3s and JPEGs.
The philosophy and science of standing up straight.
Today, we have to ask ourselves where a "therapeutic level of happiness" might lie and whether there are risks and disadvantages connected with higher levels.
My team thought we'd proved cosmological inflation. We were wrong.
How massive parallelism lifts the brain's performance above that of AI.
Primitive reflexes develop before we are born and their primary function is to nourish or protect us. But they don't go away when we're born.