From hand grenades to nuclear bombs, modern weaponry across the world rests on aluminum-based technology.
Mimi Sheller | Aug 19
While a blackout can spark an eruption of sociability and friendliness, it can also be a harbinger of terror, crime, or chaos.
David E. Nye | Aug 14
The father of modern linguistics is still opening up new kinds of questions and topics for inquiry.
Amy Brand | Aug 12
The French philosopher René Descartes is often credited with discovering the mind-body problem, a mystery that haunts philosophers to this day. The reality is more complicated than that.
Jonathan Westphal | Aug 8
The very nature and purpose of SNAP, or food stamps, remains a point of contention between public health and anti-hunger communities.
Andrew Fisher | Aug 1
Karel Čapek's play "R.U.R." premiered in January 1921. Its influence cannot be overstated.
John M. Jordan | Jul 29
The evidence is far less clear than popular media might lead you to believe.
Richard Roberts and Roger Kreuz | Jul 18
Largely a forgotten figure, Ehrenfest was beloved by the brightest students — and foremost scientists — of the 20th century.
Eric Johnson | Jul 1
In Jorge Luis Borges's story of barely 12 pages, the celebrated writer plays with the infinite in a context of vast labyrinths of memory and the consequences of having an unlimited capacity to remember.
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga | Jun 20
If medicine could break with its barbarous past, why shouldn’t the same path be open to the social sciences?
Lee McIntyre | Jun 13