In many areas of life, tall people seem to get all the benefits. On average, they earn more money. They are more successful at work.
By Brad Balukjian I was 12 years old, sitting in a movie theater in Warwick, Rhode Island, when Steven Spielberg changed movies forever.
Mark Changizi is an evolutionary neurobiologist and director of human cognition at 2AI Labs. He is the author of The Brain from 25000 Feet, The Vision Revolution, and his newest book, Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man.
By Ben Thomas The first rat pressed a lever, anticipating the tasty reward it’d been trained to expect.
By Jesse Bering Richard von Krafft-Ebing and his wife Marie-Louise. The new Showtime series Masters of Sex is shining light on two remarkable figures in the history of sexology, William Masters and Virginia Johnson.
By Matthew D. Lieberman Comedian Jerry Seinfeld used to tell the following joke: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking.
By Erik Vance In Douglas Adams’s hilarious classic, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there are several animals said to be cleverer than humans.
By Gina Perry The original Milgram “shock box,” on display at the Ontario Science Centre. Image by Isabelle Adam via Flickr It’s one of the most well-known psychology experiments in history – the 1961 tests in which social psychologist Stanley Milgram invited volunteers to take part in a study about memory and learning.
By Richard H. Smith Excerpted from THE JOY OF PAIN: Schadenfreude and the Dark Side of Human Nature The editors of popular tabloid magazines such as The National Enquirer would appreciate the observations of Edmund Burke, the 18th-century philosopher and statesman.
By Steve Nadis A round of paper airplane-throwing at the Sanders Theater during the 2013 Ig Nobel Awards.
by Jill Neimark “Planned genocide has begun,” read the Facebook entry on one of the groups I browse daily.
By Ben Thomas Introversion, it seems, is the Internet’s current meme du jour. Articles on introverts are nothing new, of course—The Atlantic’s 2003 classic “Caring for Your Introvert” still gets passed around Facebook on a regular basis—but the topic has gained some sort of strange critical mass in the past few weeks, and has been popping up everywhere from Gawker to Forbes.
By Rebecca Boyle When NASA announced in May that its celebrated planet-finding telescope Kepler was broken, astronomers and journalists started collectively mourning.
By Julian De Freitas Imagine what it would be like to take in everything about this moment. Not only would you be aware of these words on the screen before you, but also of the location of nearby objects with centimeter precision, of the feeling of your toes in your shoes, of every creak, crack and squeak.
By Katie Engelhart The burger made from cultured cells. Credit David Parry/PA The verdict is in. The world’s first hamburger made entirely of lab-grown, “cultured beef” tastes… OK.
By Deborah Blum It’s been more than a decade since scientists first raised an alarm about arsenic levels in rice—an alarm based on the realization that rice plants have a natural ability to absorb the toxic element out of the soil.
By Linda Marsa The following excerpt from Marsa’s forthcoming book, “Fevered: How a Hotter Planet Will Harm Our Health and How We Can Save Ourselves,” was originally published on PLOS Blogs as part of their series “The Science of Extinction and Survival: Conversations on Climate Change.” The wild swings in weather that are expected to become commonplace as the planet gets warmer—more frequent and severe droughts, followed by drenching rains—change ecosystems in a way that awaken and expedite the transmission of once dormant diseases.
In a previous post I described mathematicians’ ongoing search for key properties of prime numbers. That effort may seem to belong entirely within the realm of pure mathematics; but surprisingly, the importance of primes goes far beyond the abstruse obsessions of ivory-tower mathematicians.
By Erik Vance Milking a banded krait for venom. Photo by TheLawleys via Flickr A decade ago, Joe Slowinski of the California Academy of Sciences went into the jungles of Myanmar in search of new species of snakes and other vertebrates.
On April 17 of this year, a relatively unknown Chinese-born mathematician in his fifties—who since coming to the U.S.