Computerized, job-focused learning undercuts the true value of higher education. Liberal arts should be our model for the future.
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Graphical user interfaces are how most of us interact with computers, from iPhones to laptops. But they were once condemned as making students lazy and destroying the art of writing.
Your life is far more arbitrary than you might think.
GPS holds the key, but astronomers can’t do it without help. Since 2019, the night sky — as seen by both human eyes and the telescopes we use to enhance our views of […]
For the fewer than 50 people with this blood type, finding a blood transfusion could be extremely difficult.
Not nearly well enough. And we should all be concerned. In 1859, the science of solar physics truly began with the largest eruption in recorded history: the Carrington event. Prior […]
Research explains the positive impact and health benefits of children spending more time in nature.
It's the best-known transcendental number of all-time, and March 14 (3/14 in many countries) is the perfect time to celebrate Pi (π) Day!
Gain-of-function mutation research may help predict the next pandemic — or, critics argue, cause one.
Despite all that we've learned about the Universe, there remain unanswered, and possibly unanswerable, questions. Could "God" be the answer?
It's not for climate science and condensed matter physics. It's for advancing our understanding beyond spherical cows.
This map of Europe's 20 most populous islands holds a few surprises and unlocks a truckload of trivia.
And could Earth-based life provide the seeds for biology elsewhere? Today, on Earth, there’s an enormous variety and diversity of life on our planet. Every single surviving lifeform appears, in […]
Europe is divided on whether films should have subtitles or different audio tracks.
Spending between 120–300 minutes per week in nature shown to increase wellbeing.
Thinning forests in the Western United States can save billions of gallons of water per year and improve conservation efforts.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
The Green New Deal is an ambitious attempt to fight climate change, but is it destined to hit the political skids?
Some of them may have formed just 200 million years after the Big Bang. When we look out at the Universe, we’re not seeing objects as they are today, but rather […]
New research suggests brains anticipate future events through a process called anticipatory timing.
Within the next billion years, the Magellanic Clouds might merge with our galaxy. But the new stars are already here. Within the Milky Way, there are only a few instances of […]
The NSF’s new, cutting-edge solar observatory shows us the Sun as never before. Here’s why we need to know. On December 12, 2019, the world’s most powerful solar observatory — the National Science […]
A fascinating mathematical structure exists that goes well beyond our common experience. Could it revolutionize physics? Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the Universe is that every particle within it — at […]
The Glen McLaughlin Collection brings together more than 700 historical examples of 'California as an island'.
Talking about climate change doesn't have to be an argument over Thanksgiving dinner. Some people, though maybe not all, can be persuaded.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has cancelled an upcoming trip to an economic conference in Saudi Arabia amid the controversy involving missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
While shuffling off their mortal coils, these giants of thought had some parting words.
The NFL is known predominantly for its players’ display of athletic prowess. But you’d be surprised to know that many of these same players are incredibly smart. Here are some of the smartest NFL players ever to have graced the league.
China's rise has necessitated a global PR push. It includes influencing how the movies you watch depict China.
Germany has long harbored varying degrees of anti-Americanism, but a new survey suggests those sentiments have grown particularly strong.