Archives: Nautilus

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.

When a hypothesis is neither true nor false.

What makes water behave anomalously is the presence of a particular arrangement of the water’s molecules

Getting human feeling to match the math is an ultimate goal in physics.

Want to understand the most mysterious object in the universe? Make one at home.

Primatologist Frans de Waal takes exception with human exceptionalism.

With a better understanding of probability, we won’t be misled.

How a math professor learned to stop worrying and love algebraic geometry

A “memory matrix” might solve Stephen Hawking’s black-hole paradox.