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Science

Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
Wrought | Aeon
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Biology

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

22 minutes

Phenomena: energy | Aeon
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Chemistry

Liquid experiments show how beautiful things can happen when chemicals meet

6 minutes

The secret language of trees | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

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

5 minutes

Why did the Mexican jumping bean jump? | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

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

4 minutes

Who decides how long a second is? | Aeon
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Chemistry

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

6 minutes

Zea | Aeon
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Chemistry

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

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As above | Aeon
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Chemistry

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

6 minutes

Could mining gold from waste reduce its great cost? | Aeon
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Chemistry

Could mining gold from waste reduce its great cost?

Wendy Lee Queen & Mirko Bischofberger

Cooperation and evolution | Aeon
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Evolution

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

5 minutes

Why synthetic chemicals seem more toxic than natural ones | Aeon
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Chemistry

Why synthetic chemicals seem more toxic than natural ones

Niranjana Krishnan

Pills dissolve | Aeon
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Medicine

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

2 minutes

Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happiness | Aeon
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Physics

Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happiness

Roberto Zenit & Javier Rodríguez Rodríguez

Travel deep inside a leaf | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

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

3 minutes

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

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

Luca Comisso

Lattice | Aeon
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Chemistry

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

3 minutes

Cerium | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Cerium

Carole Angier

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Crystal birth | Aeon
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Chemistry

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

3 minutes

EXCLUSIVEInorganica | Aeon
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Chemistry

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

16 minutes

Beautiful chemical reactions | Aeon
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Chemistry

Dazzling macro photography reveals the marvels of chemicals meeting

7 minutes

Life in the clouds | Aeon
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Biology

How airborne microbes ride clouds, hop continents and even make it rain

5 minutes

‘Chemophobia’ is irrational, harmful – and hard to break | Aeon
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Chemistry

‘Chemophobia’ is irrational, harmful – and hard to break

James Kennedy

Bubble circus | Aeon
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Physics

Physics is all fun and games at the Bubble Circus

3 minutes

Sunshine in a bottle | Aeon
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The environment

Sunshine in a bottle

Mimic the dance between carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, and you can tap into clean solar energy and ease climate change

Peter Forbes

Do human bodies carry more toxins now than 50 years ago? | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Do human bodies carry more toxins now than 50 years ago?

Matt Limmer