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Meet Xiaoice. She’s empathic, caring, and always available—just not human.
The powerful allure of the deep azure.
The science of waiting in modern courtship.
The sweet, avian romance of Harold and Maude.
Ken Kraaijeveld unveils ancient secrets of seduction from the animal kingdom.
Using physics to describe social phenomena can work—if it’s the right physics.
How online fear feeds political smear campaigns, stock market rumors, and ISIS propaganda.
A geologist explains that climate change is not just about a global average sea rise.
The story behind the discovery of the four-legged fish.
Love notes and warning messages are buried in Earth’s frozen archive.
Why our minds can be led astray about the tastes of wines.
My sister the scientist makes a startling discovery in an Ugandan jungle.
What science says about my outer beauty.
Kirk Johnson’s mom gave him 5 minutes at a rest stop. It was enough to find an arrowhead.
The director of the National Museum of Natural History on how we get into science.
Bahrain’s “Tree of Life” is a beauty. Low and wide, its thick, craggy branches dive under the surface of the desert before curving back up toward the hot sun. Delicate, feathery leaves…Read More
At the height of his powers in 15th century Florence, Lorenzo de Medici managed to secure a magnificent giraffe for his menagerie. The animal was such a marvel that several works of art…Read More
Let’s play a game. I’ll show you a picture and a couple videos—just watch the first five seconds or so—and you figure out what they have in common. Ready? Here we go: Did you spot…Read More
Given how absurdly vast the cosmos is, with its hundreds of billions of galaxies, picturing it isn’t easy. You might think it natural, for instance, to see all these galaxies as more…Read More