For those lucky enough to have a mother to thank, consider putting pen to paper for a heartfelt letter of gratitude and appreciation. Your mom will surely love it, and the science says it's good for you.
Sometimes we get so excited about new results that we just have to share them. It may be explaining a new piece of science or revisiting an older result of special significance. Science is all about celebrating discovery and understanding.
A new site called The People's Science aims to bring researchers and the general public together to talk about the work they're doing. Tania Lombrozo takes a look and tries it out for herself.
How do you explain it when unseen forces act across time and space? The fact is that reality is far stranger than we can suppose when we step into the quantum world. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser lays out the bones of this modern ghost story.
Time is special. How we see it helps determine how we see the rest of the Universe. Physicist Lee Smolin has a new book out that says we've been looking at time the wrong way. Adam Frank digs in and offers his own perspective on Smolin's argument.
People crave explanations that are simple, broad, elegant. But the prettiest, most satisfying explanations aren't always the best explanations, as the dark story of Dutch social psychologist Diederik Stapel makes clear.
How did life originate? This seemingly eternal question was recently the focus of an unusual gathering at CERN in Switzerland. Commentator Stuart Kauffman was at the center of the action and takes us on a journey through the ideas that led up to this meeting of the minds.
Henry David Thoreau's careful recording of flowering dates of plants in Concord, Massachusetts in the mid-1800s invites comparison with today's data. The results deserve our notice.
Scientists can't just agree to disagree. It's not because we are stubborn or ornery (OK, maybe we are). It's because science faces a fundamental problem when it can't agree on numbers like the value of the Hubble Constant. The whole point of science is to establish an understanding of the cosmos on which we can all agree.
When animals die, their close relatives and friends may be plunged into mourning. Commentator Barbara J. King writes about animal grief in her new book, citing examples seen in animals large and small. She finds solace in the knowledge that humans are not the only animals who feel loss.
Science discovers one dark material after another, making reality stranger than fiction. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the recent observation of the Higgs field and last week's announcement of the possible detection of dark matter are just the latest data points in our long quest to know what the Universe is made of.
Did the seeds of life on Earth begin on Mars? Are we part of Earth's first alien invasion? Adam Frank says we may be looking at a future full of discoveries in our own solar system that could reset our understanding of life and its origin.
Results from the European Planck satellite point to an older and slower universe. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says the data gives us confidence that cosmology is on the right track to explain the Universe in which we live.
Can science explain the origins of the universe, of life and of the mind? Not completely, it turns out. But how far can it go in answering them? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser starts digging into these questions.
Not only is there no consensus yet on how life might have started on Earth, there is not even any agreement on where it started. But still, many think the mystery of life's origin can be solved. Commentator Wim Hordijk revels in the subject at a conference hosted by Princeton University.