Empress Dowager Cixi’s monumental reforms in China were falsely credited to the men who served her or ruled after her.
Bonobos like community; orangutans are loners. Maybe some of us are always going to be more like an orangutan than a bonobo.
Exit West explores the story of refugees and migrants through the lens of magical realism. It is, at once, both beautiful and jarring.
In Artemis, Andy Weir takes on the biggest challenge possible: following up the huge success of his moonshot, The Martian.
What motivates someone to be a hero? Why would a person risk his or her life for a stranger? The answers may be more complicated than we think.
The octopus is a highly intelligent creature with its own evolutionary history—it may be the closest thing we have to alien life on this planet.
Interested in cycling, but not sure how to begin? Start by reading this.
What do you do with old, unused railways? Turn them into multi-use trails that connect communities.
Want to know how politicians undermine good science? In Not a Scientist, Dave Levitan exposes the B.S. in today’s anti-science political rhetoric.
Curious about the evidence for evolution? This short video will get you started.
In a world with plenty of darkness to go around, we need to allow our minds some time in the sun.
The president’s use of a culture war exploits far right religious motives and fears. But there are good reasons to believe that this strategy, while effective for an election last year, is ultimately short-sighted.
The Sixth Extinction explores the tragedy of past extinctions and the reality of currently endangered species. It reminds us that all life is temporary.
What if artificial intelligence surpasses us the way we have our primate cousins? Will it decide that it knows what’s best for the planet?
This year I returned to my family’s tradition of the great American road trip. Some things have changed, but the reasons to do it are timeless.