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Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
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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Brilliant noise | Aeon
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Astronomy

Raw solar-storm footage is the punk-rock antidote to sleek James Webb imagery

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Phenomena: electricity | Aeon
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Physics

Spectacular fractal patterns emerge when electricity meets a wooden surface

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Phenomena: magnetism | Aeon
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Physics

This is not an animation: the spectacular sight of magnets meeting a metallic liquid

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Weaving a bamboo house | Aeon
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Architecture

How the Dorze in Ethiopia make ‘beehive’ houses from bamboo that last a lifetime

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Precision as a state of mind | Aeon
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Technology and the self

‘Perfection is for the gods,’ and this sculptor gets to a thousandth of an inch of it

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How to ride a pterosaur | Aeon
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Biology

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

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Sounding the Sumburgh foghorn | Aeon
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History of technology

Behold as a mechanical foghorn in Shetland awakes from its year-long slumber

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Phenomena: waves | Aeon
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Physics

Water, salt and music form a mesmerising visualisation of sound waves

7 minutes

Magnetic river | Aeon
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Physics

In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design

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Ride | Aeon
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Design and fashion

Gear up for a stylish celebration of vintage motorcycle design

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Riches in space | Aeon
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Space exploration

Riches in space

Asteroids could pay for so much space exploration. We just need to mine those valuable resources – and duck a direct hit

Martin Elvis

It’s rocket science | Aeon
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Making

How sky-high dreams launched one man’s audacious life in homemade rocketry

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Unfold the maths of origami | Aeon
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Engineering

Why are NASA engineers borrowing techniques from origami artists?

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Nature’s playbook | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Nature’s playbook

From termite queens to the carbon cycle, nature knows how to avoid network collapse. Human designers should pay heed

Ruth DeFries

Zimoun: selected works | Aeon
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Engineering

Simple objects make for epic art installations of sound and movement

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Uncertain times | Aeon
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Complexity

Uncertain times

The pandemic is an unprecedented opportunity – seeing human society as a complex system opens a better future for us all

Jessica Flack & Melanie Mitchell

Oppy: the life of a rover | Aeon
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Space exploration

What the Martian surface looked like to Oppy – humanity’s most resilient rover

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False teeth | Aeon
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Biology

Making dentures can be oddly riveting – a fusion of biology, craft and fun

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The solar do-nothing machine | Aeon
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Engineering

‘Toys are the prelude to serious ideas’ – the contraption that kicked off the solar age

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Matkalla | Aeon
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Travel

‘It’s a journey into slowness’: on the road with a Model-T Ford through Europe in winter

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The comet | Aeon
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Space exploration

How the Rosetta space probe brings a distant comet into vivid focus

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Auto | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Strap in for a delightfully disorienting dance of humans going places

6 minutes

Musical marble machine | Aeon
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Making

Surrender to the mechanical marvels of the world’s most intricate music box

7 minutes