Readers Love Curious George. I Fell in Love with the Author’s Astronomy Books.

“H.A. Rey recreated star maps with wit, grace, and accuracy.”

Author: Dan Falk
Source: Nautilus
Published: Jan 5, 2022
Length: 9 minutes (2,300 words)

A Lab of Her Own

“Sheltered in her bedroom during World War II, Rita Levi-Montalcini discovered how the nervous system is wired.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Dec 1, 2021
Length: 20 minutes (5,095 words)

The Strange Persistence of First Languages

“Spurred by my father’s death, I returned to the Czech Republic hoping to reconnect to him. In doing so, I also reconnected with my native tongue, and with parts of my identity that I had long ignored.”

Source: Nautilus
Published: Nov 5, 2015
Length: 13 minutes (3,440 words)

If Aliens Exist, Here’s How We’ll Find Them

“We are near the end of Darwinian evolution, but technological evolution of intelligent beings is just beginning.”

Source: Nautilus
Published: Feb 24, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,105 words)

Don’t Fear the Robots

“I invented Roomba and assure you, robots won’t take over the world.”

Author: Joe Jones
Source: Nautilus
Published: May 6, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,131 words)

Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food

To early Chinese Communists, if you couldn’t stand spicy food, you weren’t equipped to fight for the revolution. Science suggests this association between strength, risk and Maoists might have to do with the chemical interactions between the chili pepper, culture and certain personality types.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jul 5, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,073 words)

The Rise and Fall of the English Sentence

Writing has made our syntax richer and more complex — and also increasingly distinct from spoken language.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Nov 16, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,643 words)

Loyalty Nearly Killed My Beehive

When a queen bee dies on a Brooklyn rooftop, an amateur beekeeper follows (and meddles with) the bumpy succession process.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Sep 21, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,020 words)

Reinventing Staten Island

After WWII, New York City started dumping its trash on Staten Island in what became America’s first landfill. Over half a century later, scientists are turning the dump back into grasslands and tidal wetlands in a park three times as large as Central Park. The question isn’t whether ecologists can put nature back “in balance.” The question is how nature will change over time in such a toxic environment.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Aug 3, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,626 words)

Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense

Literary critics and cognitive scientists are finding common ground through the study of Shakespeare’s revolutionary use of language.

Source: Nautilus
Published: May 25, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,347 words)