Archivo: Nautilus

Why cryptocurrency will always be political.

Physicists know how to use quantum theory—your phone and computer give plenty of evidence of that. But knowing how to use it is a far cry from fully understanding the world the theory describes—or even what the various mathematical devices scientists use in the theory are supposed to mean.

Tracing the evolution of hidden sexual preferences.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of finding an original Darwin specimen, collected during the Beagle’s first voyage. But finding it, and realizing it was a lost specimen collected by Darwin, was just the first step in a much longer journey.

Modern physics has taught us that mass is not an intrinsic property.

How one psychologist is tackling human biases in science.

How a destructive idea paved the way for modern math.

The captivating horror of category violation.

How the psychosocial dimension changes the picture of aging.

Mystery one: what is dark matter. Mystery two: how to unify physics. Are they the same mystery?