Science & Technology

Cataclysmic natural disasters frame indelible human stories. Francis Danby, The Deluge, CC BY-NC-ND

David R. Montgomery, University of Washington Modern people have long wondered about ancient stories of great floods. Do they tell of real events in the distant past, or are they myths rooted in imagination? Most familiar to many of us in the West is the biblical story of Noah’s flood. …

illustration by Brian Fabry Dorsam.

What is my motivation? It’s an obsession, so it’s always hard to break it down and really understand it. — James Renner, author of “True Crime Addict: How I Lost …

All is not calm in the cosmos. ESA/Hubble and NASA, CC BY

Bryan Gaensler, University of Toronto The hustle and bustle of daily life is a stark contrast to the tranquility of the night sky. The stars are the same, year after …

Mars mission with plasma rockets concept. NASA

Gary Li, University of California, Los Angeles Nearly 50 years after landing on the moon, mankind has now set its sights on sending the first humans to Mars. The moon …

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Unified Patents raises money from companies that are the target of patent-trolling and then uses it to challenge the most widely used patents in each of its members’ sectors: now …

Don’t neglect to unplug and be actually alone. Woman on beach via shutterstock.com

Scott Campbell, University of Michigan Being alone has many benefits. It grants freedom in thought and action. It boosts creativity. It offers a terrain for the imagination to roam. Solitude …

language-simulation

Language Evolution Simulation is exactly that, showing words changing little by little as time passes in a tiny world with three islands. It’s agent-based, which is to say that it …

The author began hearing the sound at night, between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m. Street via www.shutterstock.com

Glen MacPherson, University of British Columbia In the spring of 2012, when I was living near the coastal village of Sechelt, on British Columbia’s picturesque Sunshine Coast, I began hearing …

Can a galaxy (like NGC 3810 in this case) have a classical spiral structure and also be already dead? ESA/Hubble and NASA, CC BY

Kevin Schawinski, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly …

CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk attends an environmental conference at Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, Norway April 21, 2016. NTB Scanpix/Heiko Junge/via REUTERS    ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO COMMERCIAL SALES. - RTX2B1W3

Andrew Maynard, Arizona State University Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla Motors – has just revealed the second part of his master plan for the company. And it’s a doozy. …

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