Matt Davis writes stories about science, technology, bizarre anecdotes from history, esoteric odds and ends, bleak but nevertheless fascinating environmental issues, and whatever else grabs his easily grabbed attention.
The building material seems so ubiquitous — what can we use in its place?
A new report argues that we stand to gain a lot economically by investing in 5 key areas.
Most of us can't imagine wanting absolute control over a nation or feeling compelled to commit mass murders — so then what is it about a dictator's psychology that makes them different?
Most of us have heard of Abraham Maslow and his hierarchy of needs, but Maslow doesn't have a monopoly on self-actualization.
Most elderly individuals' brains degrade over time, but some match — or even outperform — younger individuals on cognitive tests.
Unhealthy diets cause the part of your brain responsible for appetite to become inflamed, encouraging further eating and obesity.
Critics complain that Maslow's hierarchy of needs focuses too much on the West. Yet other cultures often have similar ideas about personal development.
Trudging toward happiness: What is the hedonic treadmill?
This unsettling new understanding of vegetative patients raises medical ethics issues.
Without a country to belong to, many of these people lack some of the most fundamental rights.
Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, called for a mass psychedelic act of civil disobedience in protest of drug criminalization.
During World War II, the U.S. incarcerated over 100,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps throughout the West.
Until the use of prison labor is banned, many stakeholders will be incentivized to prevent felons from being rehabilitated.
This modern therapy technique has been shown to be effective and easy to learn — could teaching it to students help cut off a growing mental health crisis?
"Cargotecture" is becoming increasingly popular as a cheap alternative to traditional houses.
We may find signs of life a mere 31 light-years away.
In one Indian farming district, many women are paying for expensive and medically unnecessary hysterectomies in order to be more productive at work.
Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a well-known model of human development, but Maslow's friend and colleague Kazimierz Dąbrowski believed humans developed in a different way.
With the ivory trade on the decline, poachers have been capitalizing on a new, disturbing trend.