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 second law of thermodynamics is an inviolable law of reality. Here's what everyone should know about closed, open, and isolated systems.
The recently discovered Oort cloud comet, Bernardinelli–Bernstein, has the largest known nucleus: 119 km. Here's what it could do to Earth.
It temporarily puts the immune system on high alert to prevent MRSA, pneumonia, and other infections in the hospital.
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 is humanity's biggest step yet into the Solar System.
Despite being the closest planet to the Sun, Mercury "only" reaches 800 °F at its hottest. Venus is always hotter, even at night.
The TRAPPIST-1 system is a treasure trove of possibilities and questions. Observations by JWST have just begun.
For better and worse, the Columbian Exchange plugged the Americas into the global system — and there was no going back.
The technology could yield "made-to-order resistance genes" to protect crops against pathogens and pests.
It weakens the bacteria so that the immune system can destroy it.
A healthy endocannabinoid system is critical to the human body’s immune functions.
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.
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.
Neuroscientist and author Bobby Azarian explores the idea that the Universe is a self-organizing system that evolves and learns.
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.
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?
Artificial general intelligence will not arise in systems that only passively receive data. They need to be able to act back on the world.
How did complex systems emerge from chaos? Physicist Sean Carroll explains.
All biological systems are wildly disordered. Yet somehow, that disorder enables plant photosynthesis to be nearly 100% efficient.
Space weather poses a tremendous threat to all satellites, knocking all computer systems offline. Is that a recipe for Kessler syndrome?
Creative people are better able to engage brain systems that don’t typically work together.