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Fossils Beneath Our Feet

By Ashley Bales

We pull out of camp at dawn. A quiet group, all the […]

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Page Zero

By John Royer

You are, at long last, writing a paper, after months and maybe […]

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Latest Book Reviews

What Makes Humans So Special?

Marcela Coronado dissects Robert Boyd’s argument that culture makes our species unique

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Tentacles of a Death Foretold

Are jellyfish the ocean’s 'canaries in a coal mine?’ Emily North sees concerning parallels

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On the Good Ship Enlightenment

Sophia Domokos finds much to praise in Steven Pinker's paean to progress, but also some leaks in the vessel

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A Last Meander

Rhea Datta savors a collection of essays by Oliver Sacks, as he pays final homage to his scientific touchstones

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Life, Death, and the Human Brain

A pioneering neuroscientist is redefining the edge of human consciousness, but Julia Derk argues that this knowledge has come at a price

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Waterfalls of Spacetime

When time is space and space is time: Enrico Fonda takes a mind-bending journey through the physics of black holes.

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Where is artificial intelligence taking us?

Dervla Kelly peeks into the strange new world of brain uploading and robot mosquitos in Max Tegmark's latest book.

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From Reluctant Husbands to Anti-Vaxxers: How to Change Minds in the 21st Century

Kaitlyn Scacalossi learns the new neuroscience of winning friends and influencing people.

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The Secret to World Domination

Upright apes rule! Dan Robitzski finds out why.

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The Power of Palindromes

The powerful new technology known as CRISPR lets researchers edit the book of life. Rhea Datta champions its medical and agricultural uses, but wonders if we can trust science and business to act in humanity’s best interests.

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This Scientific Life

Illustration by Angelika Manhart

Our contributors hail from all over the sciences — and all over the world. We’ll share what brought us to science, why we stay, and what makes us (occasionally) want to run away. There will be eureka moments, scientific screw-ups, advice to youngsters, peers, and elders, as well as whimsical stories about space exploration, fruit fly cognition, and how a neuron can live its best life.