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Science

Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
Microscopic view of various microorganisms and particles in a blue liquid, showing a large oval-shaped microorganism amidst smaller particles.
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Biology

An elegy for a dying microbe explores what we really mean by ‘death’

9 minutes

Overhead view of a person walking down a spiral staircase with yellow steps. The staircase creates a swirling visual effect.
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Chemistry

Why do the building blocks of life possess a mysterious symmetry?

12 minutes

Two women in professional attire, one with short blonde hair sitting on the left, the other with dark curly hair and a scarf on the right, both indoors.
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Biotechnology

The two women behind a world-changing scientific discovery

14 minutes

An intricate paper snowflake cutout against a dark blue background with stylised trees and grass.
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Physics

Find the building blocks of nature within a single, humble snowflake

4 minutes

Simulation of particle cloud with a dense yellow centre and three green regions on a black background. Bright blue dot at the very centre.
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Quantum theory

We are not empty

The concept of the atomic void is one of the most repeated mistakes in popular science. Molecules are packed with stuff

Mario Barbatti

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Chemistry

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

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Chemistry

Liquid experiments show how beautiful things can happen when chemicals meet

6 minutes

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Ecology and environmental sciences

The incredible – and still quite mysterious – way trees trade information via their roots

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Ecology and environmental sciences

How moth larvae carve out cozy, mobile homes inside Mexican jumping beans

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Chemistry

There was nothing quick about how we arrived at the standardised second

6 minutes

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Chemistry

Dramatic close-ups capture something percolating and exploding – but what is it?

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Chemistry

As above, so below – an artist finds the cosmos in a microscopic chemical reaction

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Chemistry

Could mining gold from waste reduce its great cost?

Wendy Lee Queen & Mirko Bischofberger

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Evolution

Evolution is not only about competition: the cellular origins of a very big idea

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Chemistry

Why synthetic chemicals seem more toxic than natural ones

Niranjana Krishnan

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Medicine

Watching the hidden world of dissolving meds is its own chill pill

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Physics

Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happiness

Roberto Zenit & Javier Rodríguez Rodríguez

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Ecology and environmental sciences

To really get to know the tallest trees in the world, start with their leaves

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Physics

Plasma, the mysterious (and powerful) fourth phase of matter

Luca Comisso

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Chemistry

The ‘atomic orderliness’ of crystals forming yield resplendent, microscopic landscapes

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Biography and memoir

Cerium

Carole Angier

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Chemistry

Peek into the chemical nursery where metal crystals are born and bred

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Chemistry

Obsession and electricity: a scientist chases the origins of life in the lab

16 minutes

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Chemistry

Dazzling macro photography reveals the marvels of chemicals meeting

7 minutes