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The brain is a context machine

The surprising importance of spontaneous order and noise to how we think.

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Why robot brains need symbols

We'll need both deep learning and symbol manipulation to build AI.

Scientists find gut bacteria in the human brain

A surprising new result catches the attention of the neuroscience community.

The problem with scientific credit

Our algorithm said a courtesy driver should have won the Nobel Prize.

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Food

What’s wrong with bananas

How industrial agriculture stole sex from our most important fresh fruit crop.

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Why do taxonomists write the meanest obituaries?

The open nature of the science of classification virtually guarantees fights.

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Biodiversity

This biologists’ HMS Beagle is a smelly truck

We are at the midpoint of our journey.

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Your IQ matters less than you think

In studies of children and historical figures, IQ falls short as a measure of success.

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Is it time to get rid of time?

The crisis inside the physics of time.

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Water

Los Angeles should be buried

The San Gabriel Mountains are waging war on Los Angeles and Ed Heinlein's chainsaw is screaming in the late afternoon sun.

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Geology makes you time-literate

A scientist tells us how her field instills timefulness.

From our Newsroom

Big Oil flows a little bit backward

Pipelines have had a very bad July (so far).

Join the “Agents of Change” discussion on research and activism

Four of the fellows who participated in the program this year will discuss their ongoing research, activism, and experiences with publishing their ideas in the public sphere.

The dangers of opinion masquerading as fact in science journals: Jerrold J. Heindel

A call for unbiased, honest science in peer-reviewed journals.

Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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