The Milky Way’s Fastest Stars Might Be Stolen
New research suggests hypervelocity stars are runaways from another galaxy.
The Challenge of Fighting Mistrust in Science
Emphasizing the way scientific findings play out in people’s everyday lives could help.
The Case Against Reality
A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.
No, We Can’t Say Whether Cancer Is Mostly Bad Luck
How some media outlets magnified the problems with a controversial new paper
Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Already Harming American Science
Iranian scientists have been a major boon to everything from Mars exploration to Ebola-fighting to advanced mathematics.
Why Fractals Are So Soothing
Jackson Pollock’s paintings mirror nature’s patterns, like branching trees, snowflakes, waves—and the structure of the human eye.
Decoding the Origami That Drives All Life
“Proteins are built to a precision that would make human engineers blush—every atom is always in exactly the right position.”
How 4-Year-Olds Learn Particle Physics
Some say apps that make learning fun are key, but what’s lost when all that learning is spent looking at a screen?
Beautiful Waves of Giant Booty-Shaking Bees
Thousands of twerking insects move in unison to ward off predators and cool their colonies.