Positive scientific results aside, the idea of shinrin-yoku shouldn't be surprising: Who hasn't felt an inner sense of well-being when walking along a forest trail?
April 9, 2018
We all stand to lose from the gulf between the sciences and the humanities — and the classroom is the ideal place for conversations between these two cultures to unfold.
April 2, 2018
Showing science's enchanting side has the almost magical effect of opening new portals to what is possible.
March 27, 2018
When Einstein, born 139 years ago last Wednesday, came onto the science scene, physics was in crisis. New ideas were badly needed — it was the perfect moment for a trailblazer.
March 20, 2018
As with Ex Machina, director Alex Garland is sending a warning: We are now hacking life itself and will continue to do so with growing efficiency. Are we creating our own doom?
March 13, 2018
As historian and author Yuval Harari suggests, market forces and investor greed will keep moving the data revolution forward. But there are balancing forces to this onslaught.
March 6, 2018
Putting humans and consciousness aside, at the level of quantum particles Wheeler's Delayed-Choice experiments show that actions in the present can influence the past.
February 28, 2018
Scientists put a lot of effort into uncovering the history of these tiny bits of matter, in the hopes that it will tell us something about the universe.
February 21, 2018
Musk's successful rocket launch is a step on the ambitious road to Mars; as with our adventurous ancestors, where we might go seems to be limited only by our imagination.
February 13, 2018
Consider this: Evidence points to a microbial Eve as our first ancestor — a tough, underwater organism withstanding extremes that became every other creature to ever live.
February 6, 2018
Smartphones have become an extension of the owner; it is the closest we've ever become to being omnipresent and omniscient and — in a metaphorical sense, at least — divine.
January 30, 2018
We know that at the heart of pretty much every galaxy, there is a giant black hole. There is a lot that we know about black holes — and a lot that we don't know.
January 23, 2018
Mary Shelley cautioned us of the dangers of extending science into realms where we have little control of the outcomes; may we all read her tale — and take in its lessons.
January 16, 2018
Employing science's methodology is key — as it's the best antidote we have to the very human propensity to turn something we want to believe into a reality.
January 9, 2018
The Last Jedi highlights the need for failure to find success, as the ongoing dynamic of The Force — the tug-of-war between good and evil — aptly defines our humanity.
December 28, 2017
The One Planet Summit went on without President Trump last week. But state and local leaders in attendance renewed calls for adherence to the Paris Agreement targets.
December 20, 2017
In science, and in life, there is an artful balance between being cautious and adventurous; to find the balance takes experimentation, tolerance for mistakes, and humility.
December 13, 2017
We are still as ignorant about the "passage from the physics of the brain to the corresponding facts of consciousness" as John Tyndall and his Victorian colleagues were.
December 6, 2017
In this visualization, based on data collected by scientists, we see Earth changing — its plants, surface winds, and sea currents responding to the energy coming from the sun.
December 4, 2017