Functional complex systems arise from functional simple systems. Failing to heed this advice can and will lead to disaster.
Some microbes can withstand Earth's most inhospitable corners, hinting that life may be able to survive similarly extreme conditions on other worlds.
The recently discovered Oort cloud comet, Bernardinelli–Bernstein, has the largest known nucleus: 119 km. Here's what it could do to Earth.
Despite being the closest planet to the Sun, Mercury "only" reaches 800 °F at its hottest. Venus is always hotter, even at night.
It is humanity's biggest step yet into the Solar System.
Get ready for the most peculiar road trip that will help you understand the vastness and emptiness of the solar system — and Sweden.
From forgotten Hollywood movies to Frank Herbert’s "Dune," science fiction illustrates some of our deepest fears about technology.
It weakens the bacteria so that the immune system can destroy it.
For better and worse, the Columbian Exchange plugged the Americas into the global system — and there was no going back.
A healthy endocannabinoid system is critical to the human body’s immune functions.
Based on the atoms that they're made out of, the innermost planet should always be the densest. Here's why Earth beats Mercury, hands down.
The James Webb Space Telescope viewed Neptune, our Solar System's final planet, for the first time. Here's what we saw, and what it means.
The technology could yield "made-to-order resistance genes" to protect crops against pathogens and pests.
Lost in a building or underwater? A new muon-based navigation system could be your guide.
Back in 1990, we hadn't discovered a single planet outside of our Solar System. Here are 10 facts that would've surprised every astronomer.
People believe that slow and deliberative thinking is inherently superior to fast and intuitive thinking. The truth is more complicated.
Earth is the Solar System's only known inhabited planet. Could Venus, if its phosphine signal is real, be our second world with life?
Neuroscientist and author Bobby Azarian explores the idea that the Universe is a self-organizing system that evolves and learns.
How did complex systems emerge from chaos? Physicist Sean Carroll explains.
Creative people are better able to engage brain systems that don’t typically work together.
All biological systems are wildly disordered. Yet somehow, that disorder enables plant photosynthesis to be nearly 100% efficient.
Even at its faintest, Venus always outshines every other star and planet that's visible from Earth, and then some!
Entrenched business wisdom says that community-led economic systems are pure fantasy. Douglas Rushkoff disagrees.
Once activated, the CRISPR-Cas12a2 system goes on a rampage, chopping up DNA and RNA indiscriminately, causing cell death.