Science

Dark Science

We’re more likely to stare at the light in our hands than the light above. What do we lose when we lose the sky? 

The 10,000 Year Clock

Somewhere out in Texas, a group is building a machine to challenge the human perception of time. 

Black Magic, Nazi Scientists and Nuclear Panic: How We Got to Outer Space

On humanity’s often fanatical, obsessive, and fearful road to the cosmos over the course of the 20th century.

The Spotless Mind

Scientists have discovered it may be possible to erase traumatic memories. So, who are you without your pain? 

Why Don’t We Ever Land on Good Comets?

All the great celestial bodies in the universe to choose from, and we go and park ourselves on icy old 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The Secret Lives of Dead Pigs

Our corpses react unpredictably when left underwater. Luckily for researchers interested in such things, humans and pigs decompose in remarkably similar ways.

The Science of Swill

Like sex, science sells, and craft brewers have used it to give their concoctions a sense of handmade authenticity, as Adam Rogers writes in his new book, Proof: The Science of Booze. But are mass-market beverages made with any less care?…