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Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator | Aeon
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Physics

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

Joel Frohlich

The obesity era | Aeon
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Biology

The obesity era

As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us

David Berreby

Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice | Aeon
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Medicine

Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice

Jacob Stegenga

The macho sperm myth | Aeon
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Human reproduction

The macho sperm myth

The idea that millions of sperm are on an Olympian race to reach the egg is yet another male fantasy of human reproduction

Robert D Martin

Becoming | Aeon
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Biology

Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse

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Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s | Aeon
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Medicine

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s

Clayton Dalton

Exodus | Aeon
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Cosmology

Exodus

Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future

Ross Andersen

Childhood, disrupted | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

Childhood, disrupted

Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults

Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Why philosophy is so important in science education | Aeon
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Philosophy of science

Why philosophy is so important in science education

Subrena E Smith

Creative blocks | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Creative blocks

The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What’s holding us up?

David Deutsch

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi | Aeon
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Cosmology

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

Michael Strauss

Algorithms associating appearance and criminality have a dark past | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Algorithms associating appearance and criminality have a dark past

Catherine Stinson

Does life have a purpose? | Aeon
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Biology

Does life have a purpose?

Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?

Michael Ruse

The golden quarter | Aeon
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Future of technology

The golden quarter

Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?

Michael Hanlon

The case against sugar | Aeon
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Illness and disease

The case against sugar

A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes

Gary Taubes

What Einstein meant by ‘God does not play dice’ | Aeon
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History of science

What Einstein meant by ‘God does not play dice’

Jim Baggott

War in the womb | Aeon
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Evolution

War in the womb

A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy

Suzanne Sadedin

Radical dimensions | Aeon
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Physics

Radical dimensions

Relativity says we live in four dimensions. String theory says it’s 10. What are ‘dimensions’ and how do they affect reality?

Margaret Wertheim

It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small | Aeon
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Anthropology

It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small

Peter Ungar

Omens | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Omens

When we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see – human extinction or a future among the stars?

Ross Andersen

In the gale | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Yo-Yo Ma performs a work for cello in the woods, accompanied by a birdsong chorus

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Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex

Walter Vannini

Psychogenic shivers: why we get the chills when we aren’t cold | Aeon
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Pleasure and pain

Psychogenic shivers: why we get the chills when we aren’t cold

Félix Schoeller

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time | Aeon
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Philosophy of science

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

Elise Crull