How the Brain Is Tricked by #TheDress

02/27/15See Comments

If you were anywhere on the Internet last night, you might have seen the furious digital hue and cry over the hues of one particular dress—this dress:...[Read More]


What Are Neutrinos?

02/25/15See Comments

Neutrinos are odd ducks, even by the crazy standards of subatomic physics. In fact, some of their strange interactions with the world start to look...[Read More]


Unlocking The Second Layer Of Genetics

02/23/15See Comments

The arrangement of the letters in your DNA sequence is not the only thing that shapes you—there’s also the mechanisms that decide what genes get...[Read More]


What Does Quantum Mechanics Tell Us About Reality?

02/10/15See Comments

The rules of the quantum world are incredibly strange: An electron you think is at a certain point might just as easily be in another place...[Read More]

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Brian Williams, False Memories, and the Brain

02/10/15See Comments

It is said that the truth hurts, and so revelations about what did and did not occur on a helicopter ride in Iraq in 2003...[Read More]


Will Humans Ever Fully Understand Reality?

02/06/15See Comments

Given all the scientific progress that humanity’s made in a mere couple hundred thousand years of existence (or just over 250 years, if you start with the...[Read More]


Making a Baby With Three Parents

02/05/15See Comments

This week, British legislators in the House of Commons voted to enact laws that would make the U.K. the first country to allow the in...[Read More]

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Fracking for Fuel on Shaky Ground

02/05/15See Comments

Recent technological advances in horizontal drilling and fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, have allowed the United States to tap natural gas and oil reserves at record and near-record levels, helping the country...[Read More]


When We Die, Do We Just Disappear?

02/04/15See Comments

If one’s conscious mind ceases to function after death, is that the whole story? Perhaps … but if we take some of Einstein’s notions about time into account, our mortal...[Read More]


Where Is the Evidence for Other Universes?

01/29/15See Comments

The possibility of other universes remains enticing for a number of reasons, mathematics key among them. World Science Festival co-founder and Columbia University physicist Brian Greene...[Read More]