Archivo: Nautilus

A scientist tells us how her field instills timefulness.

In fact, some might say that a principal goal of the LHC and future colliders will be to create and study dark matter. For that to happen, there must be a means for the visible universe and the dark universe to communicate with each other. In other words, the constituents of the particles that we collide must be capable of interacting with the putative dark-matter particles via fundamental forces.

Rising temperatures are bringing ethnic tensions to a boil in Central Asia.

Something like this scenario has actually been discovered in nature, albeit not with humans.

In a colonized universe the probability of the annihilation of the human race could actually rise rather than fall.

Alex Honnold doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us.

Music that upsets expectations is what makes your gray matter sing.

Is there more to our experience of time than the foibles of memory?

The surprising anthropology of group identity.

After most of the world’s nations signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, in 1996, they set up a new commission to watch out for clandestine explosions. Since then the commission (CTBTO) has wired the world with hundreds of seismometers, infrasound detectors, radionuclide sniffers, and underwater microphones. The stations send their data to the CTBTO’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria, where it is analyzed for signs of a secret bomb. But the system keeps picking up other things, too—which is sometimes a problem for the system and sometimes a boon to science.