Archivo: The Atlantic

They have noticed something intriguing coming from the direction of Proxima Centauri.

A historian believes he has discovered iron laws that predict the rise and fall of societies. He has bad news.


Beyond climate denial and despair

Jacques Monod saw chance as one of the “secrets of life,” an idea he used to tear down all sorts of dogmas.

Wild pigs are running rampant—and doing billions of dollars of damage each year.

For the first time in 41 years, researchers have provided a new answer to one of the thorniest—and most fundamental—questions in Earth science.

A snow-covered vault in Antarctica could help preserve chunks of disappearing glaciers.

When yellow fever swept through 19th-century New Orleans, immunity became so valuable, people were willing to go to extreme lengths for protection.


A playbook that should govern America’s short-term reaction to the health crisis.

How not fitting in can lead to creative thinking