Twilight in the Box
The suicide statistics, the squalor and the recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will
Our quantum problem
When the deepest theory we have seems to undermine science itself, some kind of collapse looks inevitable
Is this life real?
Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?
Trick of the eye
Optical illusions such as magic lanterns taught the Victorians what to trust. What can they teach us today?
Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?
A model world
In economics, climate science and public health, computer models help us decide how to act. But can we trust them?
Die, selfish gene, die
For decades, the selfish gene metaphor let us view evolution with new clarity. Is it now blinding us?
Do insects feel pain? Are they conscious? A science kit for at-home cyborg cockroaches provokes the hard questions
Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains. Should we be worried?