What will it mean to have a dissenter like Chuck Hagel as an ombudsman at the top at the Defense Department?
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Do they have real, observable effects, or are they merely calculational tools? When we think about the Universe on a fundamental level, we normally think about how to break up […]
Already 14 billion miles from the Sun, Voyager 1 is speeding away at 38,000 mph.
New experiments find weird quantum activity in supercold gas.
A fascinating new book tells the untold stories of two women, Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb, who could have been first. On June 18, 1983, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched with […]
If fair treatment for all is something that’s important to you, here’s how you can help level an uneven playing field. In some ways, it’s true that life isn’t fair for […]
Recent advances indicate that the idea could work.
On the first episode of The Portal, Eric Weinstein and Peter Thiel discuss the future of education.
The first serious scientific study of STEVE, the ribbons of white and purple light in northern skies, reveals they’re not auroras—they’re something new and unexplained.
Artificial intelligence threatens to take over our entire world. And that's only the 2nd most scary aspect about this documentary shared by Elon Musk.
Physicists discover strikingly similar structures in human cells and neutron stars.
Not every butcher's map has a Tenderloin District
Between Microsoft's racist chatbot to beating the world GO champion, artificial intelligence has better things to do than whatever we're afraid of. Here's a recap of the highlights.
“Daddy, why do all the players have dark skin?” When my eldest daughter posed this question one football Saturday six years ago, she had no concept of race in mind […]
We do not set out to cause offence. But we go where strange maps lead us.
Last weekend, I sat down with a billion other people from across the globe to watch Germany battle Argentina for the World Cup final. In actuality, I was sitting in […]
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When we look across the Universe, we find that things used to be closer together in the past. So how large do things appear when they’re very far away? “Life is […]
Five score and seventeen years ago, the United States was a boxy, silver-coloured dog with a chunky tail of dark gold. That bizarre image, embedded in the familiar outline of […]
The same mindset that drives a person to have it all eventually stops them from having what they really want.
We, the living, have won the history jackpot. As centuries go, the 20th century ranks as exceptional, a hard to fathom whirlwind. (The apocalyptic way Stalin and Hitler mass-murdered side-by-side.) […]
This essay was previously published on AlterNet. Last November, I attended a debate in the NYU Intelligence Squared series on the topic, “Would the World Be Better Off Without Religion?” […]
President Obama ought to be in a lot of trouble. With the economy still as bad as it is after three years in office, his prospects for reelection should be […]
–Guest post by Jan Lauren Boyles, American University doctoral student. Eloquent eulogies have wistfully mourned the Ghosts of Journalism Past – the muckrakers, the ink-stained wretches and the shoe-leather reporters. The […]
n Since 2003, IDEO has distributed more than 10,000 decks of its Method Cards to innovators and creative types around the world. Now, the legendary design & innovation firm is […]
In the coming years, we’ll see a convergence of new platforms for posing grand challenges and new tools to allow anyone to address these challenges.
Most hot ideas and discoveries fade with time. But some scientific papers are genuine breakthroughs, whose importance only increases as the decades pass. This one, published in Science last week, […]
Let us now praise Doonesbury, a body of work and a work of art that could be compared to the Bayeux Tapestry, and which also has been compared, in the […]
The second part of Eruptions readers' recollections of the historic May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Tuesday marks the 30th anniversary of the historic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington - and Eruptions readers share their memories on the blast that captivated the world.