The Return of the Space Visionaries

by Rand Simberg

How space tycoons are bringing back the dream of truly settling the “high frontier” — and how policy can catch up

Lost on Mars

by Micah Meadowcroft

Why space colonization will disappoint you

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Frankenstein at 200

Kirsten A. Hall

The Idea Incarnate

How Dr. Frankenstein’s thoughts ran away from him

Brendan P. Foht

Responsible Frankensteins?

The trouble with the idea that we can play God, but ethically

David M. Buisán (JellyLondon.com)

Make Physics Real Again

by David Guaspari

Why have so many physicists shrugged off the paradoxes of quantum mechanics?


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Modernity’s Spell

by Clare Coffey

Why debunking mesmerism only made it stronger


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The Tech Backlash We Really Need

by L. M. Sacasas

Silicon Valley will only be strengthened by its present scandals unless we ask deeper questions.


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Jihadi Digital Natives

by P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking

How ISIS liked, shared, and posted its way to power


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Why Data Is Never Raw

by Nick Barrowman

On the seductive myth of information free of human judgment


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Time to Log Off

by Ian Marcus Corbin

On recognizing inhumane arrangements for what they are


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Jonas Salk, the People’s Scientist

by Algis Valiunas

The man who vanquished polio won the public’s love but never the respect of his peers.


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The University the King Built

by Waleed Al-Shobakky

A Saudi experiment in education aims to solve the West’s science malaise — and become a global research powerhouse.


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Disenchantment, Actually

by Doug Sikkema

Modern disenchantment may be a myth, but it is still the water in which we swim.


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The Illusionist

by David Bentley Hart

Daniel Dennett’s latest book marks five decades of majestic failure to explain consciousness.


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Must Science Be Useful?

Letters from scientists and policy experts on our widely read article “Saving Science,” with a response from Daniel Sarewitz.


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Till Tomorrow

by Adam Roberts

Three recent books go a long way toward humanizing the abstract “time” of physicists.


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The Most Dangerous Possible German

by Algis Valiunas

On the ambiguous legacy of Werner Heisenberg, quantum genius and would-be inventor of the Nazi A-bomb


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Steven Weinberg Glimpses the Promised Land

by David Kordahl

The sage of physics takes on politics and philosophy — and dreams of science’s last day


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Robotic Souls

by Charles T. Rubin

Will AI contain multitudes? Do we?


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Netflix and Nil

by James Poulos

Why being online makes us nihilists


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Why Do We Think We Are Disenchanted?

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm, Doug Sikkema, and John Wilson debate The Myth of Disenchantment


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What Happened to Bioethics?

by Yuval Levin

Why biomedical research doesn’t roil national politics anymore — and the thin hope offered by the last time it did


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How Facebook Deforms Us

by L. M. Sacasas

Strengthening our social fabric won’t be enough to fix the platform that’s fraying it.


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Did Thomas Kuhn Kill Truth?

by David Kordahl

A debate on the nature of truth turns into a squabble over whether the father of the “paradigm shift” threw an ashtray at Errol Morris’s head.


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Richard Feynman and the Pleasure Principle

by Algis Valiunas

The story of the vibrant, vivid, heroically fruitful and joyous life of a scientific legend.


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The Joy of Cryptozoology

by Clare Coffey

Why explore the cognitive hinterlands?


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Stories of Faith & Science

Faith and the Fear of Death

Jonathan Jong on confronting our mortality from the lab and the altar

Encounter in the Vale

Jonathan Mosedale recounts a story of hiking, frailty, and glimpsing the divine

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