Tusks suddenly became a liability, even though in natural circumstances, tusks are very useful.
Zombies aren't a modern-day obsession. Throughout history, fear of the undead led to bizarre burial rituals all over the world.
Scientists can make substantial progress without fully understanding exactly what they're doing.
St Nick had a history of teleporting long before needing to reach all the world's children in one night.
Rapamycin is potentially the most powerful anti-aging drug ever discovered. However, due to its unlucky history, few know of it.
Break into London Zoo? Illegal, but it would improve the London Circle Walk
GPT-3, which features 175 billion parameters, just might fool you in a conversation.
Monsters have always represented societal fears, but narrative art also casts doubt on whether we fully understand our monsters — and their slayers.
We have a morbid curiosity about nautical disaster stories. The Irish "Wreck Viewer" offers a window into centuries of marine misfortune.
Our brains might be flooded with the hallucinogen DMT as we die, leading to vivid dreams.
Spoiler alert: Everyone dies.
The Poisson distribution has everyday applications in science, finance, and insurance. To compare the results of some biomedical studies, more people ought to be familiar with it.
When you wish upon a star, it probably makes a difference who you are.
We thought the Big Bang started it all. Then we realized that something else came before, and it erased everything that existed prior.
Firsthand accounts of what it's really like to go to and come back from space.
People can lose their authentic selves when they don't honestly confront life's potential, according to the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
Safety through technology is no bad thing—Nietzsche himself sought doctors and medicines throughout his life—but it can become pathological.
Math offers good evidence that humans can solve any problem — as long as there’s money in it.
Studies show that feelings of ease and comfort in a given situation are tied to feelings of authenticity.
This century alone has already had a couple of Onesdays (1/11/11 and 11/11/11).
The shift from steam to electricity was inevitable — but some foresaw it earlier than others.