Archivo: Nautilus

The brain may represent concepts in the same way that it represents space and your location, by using the same neural circuitry for the brain’s “inner GPS.”

Physicist Paul Steinhardt remembers a great mentor and scientist.

From quantum information to the Schwarzschild radius.

The universal math behind hair and feathers.

Andrew Wiles thought he had a solution to an age-old puzzle. Until it began to unravel.

Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes.

Science predicts only the predictable, ignoring most of our chaotic universe.

How the biggest farming practice you’ve never heard of is changing your food.

Bewilderment is the antidote to scientific reductionism.

George Chapline, a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, doesn’t doesn’t believe black holes are real. In 2005, he told Nature that “it’s a near certainty that black holes don’t exist” and — building on previous work he’d done with physics Nobel laureate Robert Laughlin — introduced an alternative model that he dubbed “dark energy stars.”