How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math

Even though repetition and memorization have fallen out of favor in many schools, one scholar argues that those, not active discussion or creative approaches, are the most effective ways for students to learn math.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Sep 15, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,010 words)

The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber

Neuroscientists studied the brain of free solo climber Alex Honnold and discovered that he doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Aug 11, 2016
Length: 19 minutes (4,864 words)

“One man’s signal is another man’s noise”

The story of the scientists who try to predict earthquakes – and why their quixotic quest might never succeed.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jul 14, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,184 words)

Selfishness Is Learned

By studying how moral behavior works in the real world, scientists are tackling an ancient subject that was previously the domain of religion and philosophy: whether human beings are inherently cooperative or competitive. In other words: how selfish are we? The news is good.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jun 9, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2,776 words)

What a 9,000-Year-Old Spruce Tree Taught Me

A photographer’s quest to document the world’s oldest living plants makes her reflect on the tricky relationship between art and science.

Source: Nautilus
Published: May 5, 2016
Length: 9 minutes (2,383 words)

The Man Who Beat HIV at Its Own Game for 30 Years

For 25 years, Kai Brothers, who is HIV positive, has been studied by AIDS researchers because he has been healthy and has never taken HIV drugs. Brothers now faces a vexing choice—a dilemma that mirrors a quandary for modern medicine.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Apr 30, 2015
Length: 9 minutes (2,480 words)

What to Eat After the Apocalypse

Engineer Joshua Pearce explains how to feed 7 billion people after a global catastrophe. Hint: get ready to eat some bugs.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Dec 18, 2014
Length: 7 minutes (1,800 words)

The Secret Language of Tennis Champions

A look at how identical twins—and Olympic gold medalists—Mike and Bob Bryan communicate with each other, as well a larger discussion of “cryptophasia” or the shared language between twins.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Oct 17, 2013
Length: 9 minutes (2,250 words)

Digging Through the World’s Oldest Graveyard

Following the fossil hunters in Ethiopia who are searching for the origins of humanity.

Author: Amy Maxmen
Source: Nautilus
Published: Sep 25, 2014
Length: 19 minutes (4,789 words)

If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?

Scientists are conducting experiments to learn what might happen if we went back in time and life started over again:

Rather than attempt to reconstruct history with fossils, Richard Lenski, an evolutionary biologist at Michigan State University, decided to watch convergence and contingency unfold in real time, in the controlled environment of his laboratory. In 1988, he separated a single population of Escherichia coli bacteria into 12 separate flasks containing liquid nutrients, and let them each evolve separately. Every few months for the past 26 years, he or one of his students has frozen a sample of the bacteria. This archive of frozen microbes gives Lenski the ability to replay E. coli’s tape of life from any point he wishes, simply by thawing out the samples. Along the way, he can examine how the bacteria change both genetically and in ways that are visible under a microscope. Lenski says, “The whole experiment was set up to test how reproducible evolution was.”

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jun 19, 2014
Length: 10 minutes (2,684 words)