Pure gratitude for the love in our lives is part of a joyous Thanksgiving. Alongside this feeling, commentator and cancer patient Barbara J. King experiences a more complicated species of thankfulness as she rejoices in, and battles fears about, her radiation therapy.
Cultural context gives science much of its meaning and importance. So we write a lot about the interplay between science and culture. Hey, its in our name.
Why, exactly, would aliens who can travel the interstellar void want to physically probe the sex organs of humans, wonders physicist and commentator Marcelo Gleiser as he looks back on the story of Antônio Villas Boas.
Feeling a little blue recently, commentator Adam Frank retreated to a hilltop and found something he wasn't looking for: perspective. The breadth of time stretched out before him and opened his eyes to our place in an ongoing story.
What would you get if you challenged Ph.D. students to explain their work through dance? You'd get this: 31 creative, fun, silly and educational videos. Let's salsa to some serious research!
Animal emotions are increasingly recognized as genuine by scientists. Yet there's still a tendency to consider human relationships, especially outside the biological family, as exceptional. Commentator Barbara J. King challenges this notion.
It feels natural to say: "huh?" According to a team of linguists in the Netherlands, this word — huh? — is universal. Commentator Alva Noë wonders if that's really possible. Do universal words exists, words common to every language here on Earth?
Comments are a great way to engage with readers and expand on a piece. But they can also introduce false information, polarize readers and foster incivility. Tania Lombrozo is ready to talk about how to strike a balance between these two poles; are you?
We are a society obsessed with death and dying. It's time we moved the other way and put more of our energy into celebrating life and living. We have a lot to learn from our children here, who are constantly performing grand experiments about the world. Until, that is, we stop them.
Halloween blurs the boundaries between what is real and what is not. Can children keep things straight? Researcher Tania Lombrozo tells the story of the Candy Witch and explains what it says about how children understand the fantastical beings that populate their lives.
The fragility of life in space gets a closeup in Gravity, the hit movie featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that, despite its anxious narrative pace, Gravity is, at its heart, a celebration of life and the importance of our own very small Earth.
Do we need to diversify perceptions of science? Or should we "coolify" stereotypes of geeky scientists? Can we do both? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what contemporary psychology can tell us about the implications of each approach.
There's a lot to be gained from repeating the same creative tasks over and over again, introducing small variations with each turn, says commentator Barbara J. King after reading about a Van Gogh exhibit set to open this weekend at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.
Science and the people who practice it are both an everyday fact and a mystery for most of us. So, how can science attract talent and continue to thrive if it remains an enigma? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that, first, it must reach out to the public and set them straight: scientists are regular people, too.
Psychology and culture play significant roles in determining what food we rate as desirable and what food makes us cringe in disgust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo traces her own path from omnivore to vegan and confesses that she has lately been greedily eyeing food that most people would rather just pass on by.
Storytelling defines humanity. We use it to remember who we are, to warn ourselves about who we don't want to be and to imagine who we might become. Can these same needs be served by video games? Commentator Adam Frank asks that question and, with the help of some friends, answers with an emphatic "yes."