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Why cryptocurrency will always be political.
Just how realistic are lightsabers, blasters, and ion cannons?
And how to make it think differently.
How we use big data can reinforce our worst biases—or help fix them.
The unlikely story of Alfred Russel Wallace’s pike.
Lucas’ droids are halfway between human and inhuman, so we can both love and ignore them.
Simple-majority democracy is used by many animals. But they don’t have social media.
What does a rational scientist do with an impossible result?
A pediatric oncologist describes the lessons of his practice.
You’ve been caught snooping around a spooky graveyard with your best friend. The caretaker, a bored old man fond of riddles (and not so fond of trespassers), imprisons each of you in…Read More
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, certainly raised the profile of quantum computing a few notches last year, when he gamely—if vaguely1—described it for a press conference.…Read More
What did the unconscious part of the mind say to the conscious part? This isn’t so much the start of a science gag as a perennial scientific mystery—one that the novelist Cormac McCarthy,…Read More
Warriors among the Kwara’ae, a collection of tribal communities indigenous to the Solomon Islands, sacrificed pigs before battle. The tradition granted the combatants, so the belief went,…Read More