Corey S Powell
Science Editor, Aeon

Corey S Powell is an editor and journalist with a special fondness for all things astronomical and particulate. He spent 15 years at Discover, serving as the magazine’s editor in chief for the last four years. Prior to that he was a longtime member of the Board of Editors at Scientific American. He has collaborated with Bill Nye on his two recent books, Undeniable and Unstoppable, and is the author of God in the Equation, an examination of the spiritual impulse in modern cosmology. Corey can be found frequently on Twitter: @coreyspowell.

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Edited by Corey S Powell

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Essay/Cosmology

Echoes of a black hole

Ripples in space-time could herald the demise of general relativity and its replacement by a quantum theory of gravity

Sabine Hossenfelder

Idea/History of Science

How many great minds does it take to invent a telescope?

Thony Christie

Essay/Physics

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea

Simson L Garfinkel

Essay/Physics

This granular life

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?

Carlo Rovelli

Idea/Physics

How the rainbow illuminates the enduring mystery of physics

Jon Butterworth

Essay/Deep Time

Welcome to Terra Sapiens

Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom?

David Grinspoon

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Idea/Biology

What the death of an oak tree can teach us about mortality

Gabriel Popkin

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Essay/Poverty & Development

The harvests of Chernobyl

Thirty years after the nuclear disaster, local berry-pickers earn a good living. What’s the hidden cost of their wares?

Kate Brown & Olha Martynyuk

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Idea/Cosmology

Has dogma derailed the scientific search for dark matter?

Pavel Kroupa

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Essay/Future of Technology

Crimes of the future

Predictive policing uses algorithms to analyse data and cut crime. But does it really work, and should it be trusted?

Sidney Perkowitz

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Idea/Earth Science

Keeping kids frenetically entertained is ruining our museums

Brian Switek

Essay/Biology

Written in baleen

Trees lay down rings, the Earth tells its story in geological strata and now we’ve found the secret archive of the whale

Rebecca Kessler

Essay/Physics

Taming the quantum spooks

Reconciling Einstein with quantum mechanics may require abandoning the notion that cause always precedes effect

Huw Price & Ken Wharton

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Idea/History of Science

Reporters should ask themselves: ‘What would Einstein do?’

Thomas Levenson

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Idea/Cosmology

Gravitational waves will bring the extreme universe into view

Daniel Hoak

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Idea/Physics

What I learned as a hired consultant to autodidact physicists

Sabine Hossenfelder

Essay/Biology

Microbes have no morals

First we learned to fear germs, then we learned to love our microbiome. But both sides get the biology basically wrong

Ed Yong

Idea/Astronomy

How the face of a distant star reveals our place in the cosmos

Rachael Roettenbacher

Idea/Genetics

Extinction is forever: de-extinction can’t save what we had

Brian Switek

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Essay/Data & Information

Datagasm

Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places

Mark Hay

Idea/Human Evolution

Anthropology is far from licking the problem of fossil ages

Paige Madison

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Essay/Social Psychology

Metaknowledge

Crowds aren’t as smart as we thought, since some people know more than others. A simple trick can find the ones you want

George Musser

Idea/Evolution

The link between language and cognition is a red herring

Frans de Waal

Idea/Genetics

We made a minimal cell and began a synthetic-life revolution

Dan Gibson

Essay/History

Six centuries of secularism

When the first ‘how-to’ books began to explain the way the world worked, they paved the way for science and secularism

William Eamon

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Essay/Data & Information

‘Big data is people!’

The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires

Rebecca Lemov

Idea/Chemistry

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

James Kennedy

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Beneath the snowpack lies a secret ecosystem: the subnivium

Kimberly Thompson

Idea/Philosophy of Science

Why science needs to break the spell of reductive materialism

Stuart Kauffman

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