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Nautilus Magazine

Nautilus is an online and print science magazine that “combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story.” It publishes one “issue” on a selected topic each month on its website, releasing one “chapter” each Thursday.

  • How Aging Shapes Narrative Identity - Facts So RomanticHow Aging Shapes Narrative Identity - Facts So Romantic
    It’s not just our flesh and bones that change as we get older.Photograph by dirkmvp41 / Flickr In 2010, Dan McAdams wrote a biography about George W. Bush analyzing the former American president using the tools of personality psychology. It was, in his own words, a flop. “I probably had… Read more »
  • Humans Are Wired for Goodness - Issue 75: StoryHumans Are Wired for Goodness - Issue 75: Story
    Nicholas Christakis and I are on the same page: We would definitely sacrifice our lives to save a billion strangers, perhaps even several hundred million, plucked at random from Earth’s population. But, for sure, not a thousand strangers, or a million. Those numbers seem, somehow, too insignificant. Christakis, the director… Read more »
  • Survival of the Friendliest - Issue 75: StorySurvival of the Friendliest - Issue 75: Story
    Violence has been the sire of all the world’s values,” wrote poet Robinson Jeffers in 1940. “What but the wolf’s tooth whittled so fine the fleet limbs of the antelope? What but fear winged the birds, and hunger jeweled with such eyes the great goshawk’s head?” We’ve taken these metaphors for evolution… Read more »
  • Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 75: StoryIs Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 75: Story
    From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was certainly not our intent. We were not scholars of race, or war. We were interested in the emergence of primitive cooperation. So we built machines that… Read more »
  • Does English Fulfill the Dream of a Universal Language? - Facts So RomanticDoes English Fulfill the Dream of a Universal Language? - Facts So Romantic
    English adapts to the needs of people speaking it more than it shapes those people’s ideas or ideals.Photograph by kimberrywood / Shutterstock Hideo Kojima is the Japanese creator of the 2015 video game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. He evidently chose “phantom pain” as a subtitle because he… Read more »

Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine is an editorially independent online publication of the Simons Foundation covering developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences.

  • Ann Nelson Took On the Biggest Problems in Physics
    The Standard Model of particle physics enumerates all the particles we’ve ever seen and captures most of how they relate to each other. This set of equations is considered a major triumph, but problems remain. For example, the Standard Model predicts that the neutron will develop properties it has never… Read more »
  • A Mathematical Model Unlocks the Secrets of Vision
    This is the great mystery of human vision: Vivid pictures of the world appear before our mind’s eye, yet the brain’s visual system receives very little information from the world itself. Much of what we “see” we conjure in our heads. “A lot of the things you think you see… Read more »
  • The Puzzling Search for Perfect Randomness
    Life is unpredictable, and random things happen to us all the time. You might say the universe itself is random. Yet somehow, large numbers of random events can generate large-scale patterns that science can predict accurately. Heat diffusion and Brownian motion are just two examples. Recently, randomness has even made… Read more »
  • Can New Species Evolve From Cancers? Maybe. Here’s How.
    Aggressive cancers can spread so fiercely that they seem less like tissues gone wrong and more like invasive parasites looking to consume and then break free of their host. If a wild theory recently floated in Biology Direct is correct, something like that might indeed happen on rare occasions: Cancers that… Read more »
  • To Make Two Black Holes Collide, Try Three
    The spiraling dance of a pair of colliding black holes should last for billions of years. Yet we’ve caught about 10 black hole collisions since 2016 — far more than we would expect. Some process must be at work to accelerate the collision process, to make black holes come together… Read more »

Ars Technica

Ars Technica is a website covering news and opinions in technology, science, politics, and society, created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998. It publishes news, reviews, and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games.

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3Blue1Brown

3Blue1Brown, by Grant Sanderson, is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is for explanations to be driven by animations and for difficult problems to be made simple with changes in perspective.


MinutePhysics

MinutePhysics is an educational YouTube channel created by Henry Reich. The channel’s videos include time-lapsed drawing to explain physics-related topics in approximately one minute. As of November 2017, the channel has over 4 million subscribers.

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SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., doing business as SpaceX, is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has since developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.

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Nasa

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.


American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with around 117,500 members including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students.


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