PODCAST: Physicists were mostly skeptical back when the idea of them emerged a century ago from Einstein’s work. The evolution of the evidence, from circumstantial to conclusive, is the quintessential story of science.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~22 min
OPINION: In the absence of much-needed measures, the pandemic will make the cold days harder and more perilous among our most vulnerable population
Jan. 7, 2021 • ~7 min
As they craft their humble lives from piles of manure, the insects look to the skies for direction
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~13 min
Best known as a holiday trimming, the parasitic plant is a botanical luminary in its own right. Research suggests it may give as much as it receives from the flora and fauna around it.
Dec. 18, 2020 • ~13 min
After the catastrophic fires of the past decade, land managers may need to reseed vast acreages. Can they buffer against climate change in the process?
Dec. 16, 2020 • ~20 min
Traffic planners, securities traders and military strategists all use it. Simulating the behavior of millions of idiosyncratic individuals also may be the best way to understand complex phenomena like pandemics.
Dec. 15, 2020 • ~23 min
Machines might better understand our commands if they experienced our physical worlds, researchers say. That enhanced perception could sharpen their listening skills and improve performance.
Dec. 11, 2020 • ~15 min
OPINION: Women have been pulled away from their jobs during the pandemic. Here’s what they need right now from male allies in the office.
Dec. 10, 2020 • ~7 min
Empathy is a skill that can be learned and enhanced. But it has its limits, and can even promote conflict. Here’s what some experts say about how it works.
Dec. 8, 2020 • ~13 min
Humans can transmit many diseases to chimps, orangutans and their kin. People who study and care for the creatures are taking lockdown-style measures to limit the risk.
Dec. 3, 2020 • ~9 min