Archives: Nautilus

“Quantum supremacy” is an epoch-making phrase

The removal of cultural emblems is not the erasure of history but part of it.

Hand gestures signal the emergence of human language.

The holographic principle—with a real hologram.

He ushered symmetry into theoretical physics, then vanished without a trace.

Nils Aall Barricelli showed that organisms evolved by symbiosis and cooperation.

Why we get off on the game—and are better off for it.

What a 16th-century scientist can tell us about the fate of a physicist like David Bohm.

What I learned trying to keep up with my 4-year-old daughter at the royal game.

You may have heard the news of what sounds like a resurrection story on the small island of Aldabra, off the coast of Madagascar. Around 136,000 years ago, the island was submerged in water and a layer of limestone captured the rails—a species of flightless bird—living there. The birds (and all other land species living on the island) went extinct. Recently, though, scientists reported that the bones of these fossilized rails are virtually indistinguishable from rails living on the island today. They are calling this an instance of iterative evolution—where the same species evolves multiple, distinct times.