Much like energy and nutrients flow in a continuous cycle between the elements of a natural ecosystem, a free flow of knowledge fuels the growth of a learning ecosystem.
A forensics expert explains what’s involved with documenting human rights violations during conflicts, from Afghanistan to Ukraine.
One study estimated that 80% of people include “deviations” from the truth in their online profiles.
Rock art in northern Australia depicts marsupial lions, giant kangaroos, and other megafauna that populated the Land Down Under long ago.
Unless you have a critical mass of heavy elements when your star first forms, planets, including rocky ones, are practically impossible.
Nietzsche both wished he was as stupid as a cow so he wouldn’t have to contemplate existence, and pitied cows for being so stupid that they couldn’t contemplate existence.
The 557-million-year-old specimen challenges the theory that animal body plans were laid out in the Cambrian explosion.
Human beings are descendants of these early tetrapods – at least those who made a new life on land.
An interactive “globe of notability” shows the curious correspondences and the strange landscape of global fame.
The whole isn't greater than the sum of its parts; that's a flaw in our thinking. Non-reductionism requires magic, not merely science.
It is through speaking and listening that human beings become who they are.
The "Mind After Midnight" hypothesis aims to explain why night owls tend to suffer more negative health outcomes.
It is wrong to think that these three statements contradict each other. We need to see that they are all true to see that a better world is possible.
What can elite athletes teach you about how to win?
Horses pranced around the western hemisphere until they went extinct in the late Holocene. They were reintroduced by European colonists — though where, when, and how has remained unclear.
Can a shared language promote peace? Some people think so.
Heart muscle is shaped like a spiral, a mystery that has eluded scientists since 1669. New research has recreated the structure.
It’s simple to make, easy to use, and should work against any variant.
As technology advances, the use of laser weapons in space becomes more likely.
Uploading your mind is not a pathway to immortality. Instead, it will create a possibly hostile digital doppelgänger.
Rare and costly paints have shaped art history in unforeseen ways. Mummy brown caused one artist to bury his paint.
A food safety researcher explains another way to know what’s too old to eat.
Not too hot, not too cold...
Let's hope that squid don't evolve lungs and legs, or humanity might be in real trouble.
A two-dimensional material made entirely of carbon called graphene won the Nobel Prize in 2010. Graphyne might be even better.
What we call "basic research" is actually the most cutting-edge. It underpins knowledge, and without it, technology does not come into being.