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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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A singular scientist | Aeon
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History of science

A singular scientist

James Lovelock was a visionary whose greatest ideas were made possible by his unshakeable independence

Roger Highfield

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

5,000 exoplanets | Aeon
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Astronomy

From zero to 5,000 – music and visuals express 30 years of exoplanet discoveries

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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

Bad therapy | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Bad therapy

Some psychotherapeutic approaches are not only ineffective, they’re actively harmful. We’re now starting to identify them

Yevgeny Botanov, Alexander Williams & John Sakaluk

Quantum Wittgenstein | Aeon
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Quantum theory

Quantum Wittgenstein

Metaphysical debates in quantum physics don’t get at ‘truth’ – they’re nothing but a form of ritual, activity and culture

Timothy Andersen

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

The web of life | Aeon
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Evolution

The web of life

Classic evolutionary theory holds that species separate over time. But it’s fuzzier than that – now we know they also merge

Juli Berwald

Calculate but don’t shut up | Aeon
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History of science

Calculate but don’t shut up

The cliché has it that the Copenhagen interpretation demands adherence without deep enquiry. That does physics a disservice

Jim Baggott

The beautiful experiment | Aeon
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Philosophy of science

The beautiful experiment

Science has become extraordinarily technocratic and complex. Is the simple and decisive experiment still a worthy ideal?

Milena Ivanova

Decolonising the cosmos | Aeon
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Space exploration

Decolonising the cosmos

Instead of treating Mars and the Moon as sites of conquest and settlement, we need a radical new ethics of space exploration

Ramin Skibba

Healthcare workers of yore | Aeon
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History of science

Healthcare workers of yore

Looking past conventional histories of medicine we see that women delivered much of medieval healthcare. Just as today

Sara Ritchey

The Standard Model | Aeon
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Physics

The Standard Model might be the most successful theory in science. But what is it?

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The food wars | Aeon
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Food and drink

The food wars

Vitamins or whole foods; high-fat or low-fat; sugar or sweetener. Will we ever get a clear idea about what we should eat?

Amos Zeeberg

Hisako Koyama, the woman who stared at the Sun | Aeon
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Astronomy

Meet the citizen scientist who changed how we see the Sun, and science itself

5 minutes

The sounds of space | Aeon
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Physics

How would a piano sound on Mars? Embark on an interplanetary sonic journey

20 minutes

Rotifers: charmingly bizarre and often ignored | Aeon
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Biology

An ode to the humble rotifer – one of nature’s simplest and strangest creatures

9 minutes