The quest began with a simple enough question: "Where is the skull of Andreas Vesalius?"
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You can buy over 400,000 products tagged “witch” on Etsy, from candles to spell bottles to pentagram necklaces.
There were at least eight other human species, some of whom existed for far longer than we have. Who were they?
Future evolution: from looks to brains and personality, how will humans change in the next 10,000 years?
Discussions of human evolution are usually backward looking, as if the greatest triumphs and challenges were in the distant past.
Many key inventions were unique: one-offs.
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The opening of jars, while impressive and often used to illustrate octopus intelligence, is not their most remarkable ability.
Edinburgh University project geo-locates victims of Scottish 'witch-prickers' in the 16th and 17th century.
Until about a decade ago, only two habitable zone planets of any size were known to astronomers: Earth and Mars.
What if patience, and maybe other personality features too, are more a product of where we are than who we are?
Even before MMA was a combat sport, it was a unique type of astronomy. Today, it’s opening up the Universe as never before. On February 24, 1987, a spectacular signal was […]
Any other Earths out there?
It's strange to think that something that died 76m years ago plays a role in modern ecosystems, but life is opportunistic.
New research suggests that a healthy supply of locally-sourced beer helped maintain the unity of the widespread Wari civilization for about 500 years.
Have sexual interludes obscured the path to love?
It was a sprawling civilization.
African Americans have always been innovators, despite a long-discriminatory patent system.
Meet LISA, the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna. Yes, it’s giant LIGO, in space, and it’s happening! “Einstein’s gravitational theory, which is said to be the greatest single achievement of theoretical […]
A live-blog event happened a week ago, but you can catch the entire thing anew here, right now! “We have never observed infinity in nature. Whenever you have infinities in […]
Astrophysicists have been looking for worlds like Proxima b since the 19th century. At last, they’re found! This article is contributed by Sabine Hossenfelder. Sabine is a theoretical physicist specialized in […]
Which came first, monogamy or the social contract? Evolutionary psychologists and biologists think the latter.
I scored an exclusive interview with Dave Reitze, the executive director of LIGO. Take a trip inside his Universe. “When I was in high school, I was certain that being […]
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It happened 500 years ago — and again in the 19th century.
In a world where the future of seemingly everything is online, museums — those repositories of the past — seem to resist the internet’s full digital embrace. It’s a question that’s increasingly crossed my mind thanks to a series of unrelated stories that share two common questions — how do people use museums now and how will they in the future? For every digital breakthrough enticing us to step on the virtual gas comes a cautionary tale reminding us to pump those virtual brakes. Ultimately, the online revolution is coming to museums, but is the future of museums really online?
NASA represents a full 50% of the world’s expenditures on space science & exploration. What should we expect from it? “This Administration has never really faced up to where we […]
Is there a limit to how small a length can be? Image credit: Sabine Hossenfelder. Good ideas start with a question. Great ideas start with a question that comes back […]
It’s not “particularly” any one characteristic, and that makes it a rarity worth looking at. “Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will […]
Here’s what it would look like if we started dreaming again. “There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program — your tax-dollar will go further.” –Wernher von Braun […]
Out with “Dad Jeans” and in with cargo pants: that’s what Smokey the Bear and Ronald McDonald recently decided to do. Their wardrobes aren’t the only thing the 70 year-old […]