Archivo: Nautilus

Understanding the odds lets you play with them.

Brain-computer interfaces are opening new possibilities.

By 1913, Albert Einstein had nearly completed general relativity. But a simple mistake set him on a tortured, two-year reconsideration of his theory. Today, mathematicians still grapple with the issues he confronted.

The humanzee is both scientifically possible and morally defensible.

Psychologist Susan Pinker on the role of choice in gender differences in the workplace.

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.