Technologies will soon make it far easier for anyone to make a custom robot. Will this result in a zoo of obnoxious, exotic new creatures?
Illah Reza Nourbakhsh | Feb 20
With explosions taking place virtually, how much harder will it be for weapons scientists to confront the destructive power of their work and its ethical implications?
Sherry Turkle | Feb 17
A harbinger of the ways in which modern life would become dominated by mechanical motion, the bicycle was a fitting subject for the first motion picture.
Bruce Bennett | Feb 13
The creative process demands openness to the unexpected and a recognition that what we “have in mind” may not be at all what is beginning to transpire before us.
Christopher Bardt | Feb 10
Incentives are as risky in parenting as they are in business.
Joshua Gans | Feb 6
Anti-pornography feminists see porn as inherently degrading and exploitative, but for some viewers it can be hugely empowering and even a challenge to rape culture.
Milena Popova | Feb 3
Even those of us who can’t play a musical instrument or lack a sense of rhythm can perceive and enjoy music. Are we alone?
Henkjan Honing | Jan 30
A once-unthinkable concept is gaining traction and deserves our attention.
David Gunkel | Jan 27
Prohibitionists around the world have long used rhetoric to associate the plant with violence and depravity.
Ryan Stoa | Jan 23
Sherry Zane sheds light on a dark covert operation that targeted homosexual Navy men.
The Editors | Jan 20
In order to preserve nihilism as a meaningful concept, it's necessary to distinguish it from pessimism, cynicism, and apathy.
Nolen Gertz | Jan 16
Every now and then fantastical species make their way into the scientific literature, taking the scientific community for a ride.
Michael Ohl | Jan 13