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Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
Barry Loewer on causation | Aeon
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Metaphysics

Bertrand Russell wanted to kill off causation. Can contemporary philosophy rescue it?

8 minutes

Disarming transphobia | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Disarming transphobia

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk

Quinnehtukqut McLamore

There’s no planet B | Aeon
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Space exploration

There’s no planet B

The scientific evidence is clear: the only celestial body that can support us is the one we evolved with. Here’s why

Arwen E Nicholson & Raphaëlle D Haywood

The great Moon hoax | Aeon
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History of science

Bat-people on the Moon – what a famed 1835 hoax reveals about misinformation today

8 minutes

Connecting the human body to the outside world | Aeon
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Biotechnology

What it’s like to wear a prosthetic that ‘feels’

6 minutes

Chemical somnia | Aeon
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Chemistry

A square inch in a Petri dish becomes a grand stage for chemical transformations

4 minutes

Blaulicht (Blue light) | Aeon
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Medicine

What is it like to be a paramedic, navigating human emergency?

17 minutes

Creating a wormhole in a quantum computer | Aeon
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Physics

The tangled tale of how physicists built a groundbreaking wormhole in a lab

17 minutes

How to get better at video games (according to babies) | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Teaching an AI to beat video games still takes human imagination

5 minutes

Believing is seeing | Aeon
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Social psychology

Social contagions can cause genuine illness, and TikTok may be a superspreader

10 minutes

Home and the birdsong | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

Home and the birdsong

In the dark, sylvan villages of medieval England, people named places after the birds that filled the night with music

Michael J Warren

Thriving on Mars | Aeon
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Astronomy

Thriving on Mars

Dust storms, long distances and freezing temperatures make living on Mars magnificently challenging. How will we do it?

Simon Morden

Where God dwelt | Aeon
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History of science

Where God dwelt

For hundreds of years, Christians knew exactly where heaven was: above us and above the stars. Then came the new cosmologists

Stephen Case

Why did consciousness evolve? | Aeon
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Evolution

Why making if-then connections might be the key to consciousness

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Moral mathematics | Aeon
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Ethics

Moral mathematics

Subjecting the problems of ethics to the cool quantifications of logic and probability can help us to be better people

Elad Uzan

Our Earth, shaped by life | Aeon
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Earth science and climate

Our Earth, shaped by life

Darwin was the first to see that all lifeforms, from worms to corals, transform the planet. What does that mean for us?

Olivia Judson

Ed Yong: the hidden world of animal senses | Aeon
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Biology

To understand the limits of human senses, look to the wild world of animal cognition

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Cogitating black holes | Aeon
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Cosmology

Cogitating black holes

The Universe cannot always be understood through observation. Instead, physicists explore by devising thought experiments

Michael Dine

Cast out with love | Aeon
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Design and fashion

From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors

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The helpful delusion | Aeon
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Mental health

The helpful delusion

Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

Justin Garson

Names for snow | Aeon
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Knowledge

Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly?

6 minutes

Using the Astronomicum Caesareum book | Aeon
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History of science

How one of history’s most beautiful books was used to find fate in the cosmos

6 minutes

The science of symmetry | Aeon
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Evolution

Symmetry rules life on Earth – but it comes with many fascinating exceptions

9 minutes

Moths and beetles in slow-motion flight | Aeon
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Biology

There’s no one way for an insect to fly, but they’re all amazing in close up and slo-mo

7 minutes