Can You Teach Compassion?Stanford’s investment in altruism research, funded by the Dalai Lama.
Is Opposition to Golden Rice “Wicked”?The genetically modified organism could save millions of lives.
What Do We Know About Gun Violence?The research is intentionally underfunded, but some patterns are clear.
Why the World Won’t ListenClimate change is real. Why has science failed to convince people?
Will North Korea Erupt?“With its history, it’s quite a worrying volcano.”
I Could Have Sworn …An interview with false-memory expert Elizabeth Loftus.
It’s Time for a National Park on the Moon“You can do archaeology in all places. This place happens to be off Earth.”
We Don't Actually Know What Triggers Lightning StrikesA scientist asks: Could it be cosmic rays?
Know Thy EnemyParasites are little-understood, and they are everywhere. An ecologist explains why we need to learn more about them.
Why Is the United States So Sick?The director of a massive new study says: “It’s almost everything.”
So Did Nudging Work?And would you know if you’ve been nudged?
Search Engine PrivacyDuckDuckGo does not track its users.
I Discovered the BRCA1 GeneAnd I am delighted the Supreme Court ruled that it cannot be patented.
Climate Change’s Psychological MilestoneTurning 400 is a lot worse than turning 40.
Particle vs. AntiparticleA new fermion on a chip “opens up a new class of particles.”
Not KoolIt’s time to ban menthol cigarettes.
What Is It Like to Be a Mathematician?Puzzles, paintings, bridges, and power.
It’s Always Time for a Midlife CrisisWhen are people most likely to face a tough stretch?
Synesthesia SellsMarketers are using colors, scents, sounds, and other sensations to manipulate buyers.
What Would a Real Cyberwar Look Like?Dark warnings exaggerate and distort the real risks.
Engineers’ Secret Sci-Fi HandshakeNASA has big plans for robots and tricorders.
It’s a Myth That Entrepreneurs Drive New TechnologyFor real innovation, thank the state.
Making Medicine as Ubiquitous as Coca-Cola in Rural AfricaSimon Berry hopes ColaLife can help stop unnecessary deaths from dehydration.
The Last Text You’ll Ever SendWhy new driving safety technologies are really dangerous.
When Nudge Comes to ShoveDo people really not know what’s good for them?
We’re Growing a House From MushroomsThe organism does most of the work.
Why Is Exercise Such a Chore?Human evolution made us long-distance runners, but it didn’t make us like it.
Let Them Eat CricketsThey’re nutritious. But delicious?
Stop Killer RobotsAutonomous weapons systems could lead to disaster.
The Unappreciated SensesThe world is a bleak place if you lose your sense of taste or smell.