The captivating horror of category violation.
As the populations of highly-developed countries age, treating dementia at scale will be more important than ever.
In a remarkable irony, scientists in the past decade have taken the side of the vampires.
Almost none of the viewers who have enjoyed Lucas's notice his sneering contempt for democracy and the common man.
Psychologists found that video games that allowed players to play out their "ideal selves" (embodying roles that allow them to be, for example, braver, fairer, more generous, or more glorious) were not only the most intrinsically rewarding, but also had the greatest influence on our emotions.
There are two tantalizing mysteries about our universe, one dealing with its final fate and the other with its beginning, that have intrigued cosmologists for decades. The community has always believed these to be independent problems — but what if they are not?
The stories we tell about the epidemic get things backward.
The search for alien technology is about to get much more efficient.
How Facebook and Google build a picture of who you really are.
Because we confuse the knowledge in our heads with the knowledge we have access to, we are largely unaware of how little we understand. We live with the belief that we understand more than we do — including how machines will behave.
Almost a quarter of Japanese men and a tenth of Japanese women over age 60 say there is not a single person they could rely on in difficult times. The American crisis may not be so dissimilar from the Japanese one.
From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide.
This Friday, NASA’s Cassini probe will run out of fuel and take pictures as it plummets at 75,000 miles per hour through Saturn’s atmosphere. It won’t be crashing — the heat from friction will make Cassini immolate in the sky.
"Nothing," in physics, is really quite something.
To better understand and treat cancer, physicians need to stop oversimplifying its causes. Cancer results not solely from genetic mutations but by adapting to and thriving in micro-environments in the body.
Will mental health clinicians become liable for missing your latest Facebook post?
What lies beyond our universe? What is our universe expanding into? Will our universe expand forever? These are natural questions to ask. But there is an even deeper question at play here. Fundamentally what we really want to know is: Is there a boundary to our knowledge? Are there fundamental limits to science?
The effects of centuries of natural disaster may be most obvious in Japanese culture.
A rumor that LIGO has detected another gravitational wave—the fourth in two years—is making the rounds. But this time, there’s a twist: The signal might have been caused by the merger of two neutron stars instead of black holes. If the rumor holds true, it would be an astonishingly lucky detection.
Experiencing small doses of negative emotions, elicited by an offensive joke, may make us more resilient to future, more serious set backs.