Against Willpower

It’s a concept that has shaped ethical debates for centuries. A clinical psychiatrist now thinks it’s time we got rid of it.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Feb 2, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,489 words)

How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games

Humans have taken the reins from the gods, and luck has become a design tool capable of changing players’ experiences and expectations.” A look at how game developers strike a balance between luck and fairness.

Source: Nautilus
Published: Jan 12, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,671 words)

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)