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Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
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

45 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

Fortune favours the shrewd | Aeon
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Evolution

Fortune favours the shrewd

Attaining and maintaining power lies at the heart of almost all animal societies. And it’s as devious as human politicking

Lee Alan Dugatkin

Wrought | Aeon
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Biology

Dazzling timelapse shows how microbes spoil our food – and sometimes enrich it

22 minutes

Why whale song is like pop music | Aeon
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Biology

Like pop music, humpback whale songs spread, mutate, and fall out of fashion

9 minutes

A touch of moss | Aeon
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Biology

A touch of moss

Inside a rainforest or on the city pavement, moss asks so little yet offers so much: a tactile encounter with time itself

Nikita Arora

Bird of prey | Aeon
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Biology

Journey deep into the Philippine forest in search of the world’s largest, rarest eagle

95 minutes

Seeing life | Aeon
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Biology

Seeing life

Driven by insatiable curiosity, early histologists revealed the hidden structures of cells in works of sensual artistry

Benjamin Ehrlich

What does dying really feel like? | Aeon
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Ageing and death

Death is a trip – how new research links near-death and DMT experiences

9 minutes

Minmini (Fireflies) | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Experience the dazzling displays that fireflies create when humans are far away

5 minutes

The dreams of animals | Aeon
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Sleep and dreams

The dreams of animals

The psychic lives of nonhuman dreamers reveal colours, harmonies and beauties of which we had little inkling until now

David M Peña-Guzmán

The incredible life of Maria Sibylla Merian | Aeon
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Biology

In the jungle of Suriname, Maria Sibylla Merian discovered insect metamorphosis

4 minutes

The split-body problem | Aeon
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Biology

The split-body problem

Why we need to stop thinking about parents, offspring and sex when we try to understand how life reproduces itself

Gunnar O Babcock

Modular cognition | Aeon
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Cognition and intelligence

Modular cognition

Powerful tricks from computer science and cybernetics show how evolution ‘hacked’ its way to intelligence from the bottom up

Michael Levin & Rafael Yuste

The many disguises of Australian walking sticks | Aeon
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Evolution

The master-of-disguise creature whose whole life is an elaborate lie

5 minutes

Slow sex, long life | Aeon
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Biology

Slow sex, long life

Tokyo’s imperial archives advise what science now confirms: the secret of longevity lies in the gentle arts of the bedroom

Denis Noble

How to restore a savanna | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

How to restore a savanna

Massive tree-planting programmes have come to substitute for the tradeoffs and complexity of restoring real ecosystems

Francis E (‘Jack’) Putz

Insects take flight | Aeon
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Biology

How insects become airborne, slowed down to a speed the human eye can appreciate

8 minutes

How to ride a pterosaur | Aeon
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Biology

It’s a massive, winged Cretaceous beast – could a human ride one?

9 minutes

Phenomena: magnitudes | Aeon
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Biology

The astonishing resonances between patterns in nature, microscopic and cosmic

5 minutes

Planktonium | Aeon
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Biology

Peering into the eerie world of plankton reveals a variety of vital creatures

3 minutes

The posthuman dog | Aeon
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Animals and humans

The posthuman dog

If humans were to disappear from the face of the Earth, what might dogs become? And would they be better off without us?

Jessica Pierce

Blinkity blank | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light

5 minutes