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The Life of Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and Beyond

So you've had this dream your whole life of changing the world. For Elon Musk, this wasn't enough. His ambitions are multiplanetary... Read more

Viruses: Genes Gone Rogue

Viruses are devious wretches that meddle with our biology. You might call them intracellular parasites, mobile genetic elements, or freeloading gits... Read more

How Does DNA Work? A Guide to Genes, Chromosomes, and DNA Expression

DNA isn't just a blueprint for foetal growth. You're expressing DNA right now to produce life-sustaining proteins like insulin, cortisol, and oxytocin... Read more

The Origins of Language: Cavemen, Sumeria, and Arabic Numerals

When agriculture tied us to the land, society took on entirely new forms. Tribes merged and grew in population, necessitating law, justice, and politics... Read more

The Best Popular Science Books

For months the project seemed hopeless; in the forest from dawn till dark, Goodall had only fleeting glimpses of frightened animals. Gradually, she won their trust... Read more

What's The State of Climate Change? Temperatures and Sea Levels in the 21st Century

Civilisation developed over the past 10,000 years, aka the Holocene. Climate-wise, it was among the most stable periods in Earth's four-billion-year history... Read more

A Man Walks into a Teleporter: Parfit's Thought Experiment on Identity

His entire physical being is destroyed, and reproduced remotely in another teleporter on Mars. What can this thought experiment tell us about the nature of the self...? Read more

Chess: Science or Art?

The combinations of possible moves in a chess game make for astounding complexity. By the seventh move alone, there are 3.2 billion unique games to be played... Read more

What Does COVID Do To Your Body?

During the pandemic phase, natural selection will see the virus optimise for transmission and infectivity up to a detrimental host-fatality threshold... Read more

Neuralink and You: A Human-AI Symbiosis

The AI will run our world; not with a Terminator-style robot war, but with data-derived algorithms making micro and macro decisions on our behalf... Read more

How Does Gene Therapy Work?

Most gene therapies are designed to produce long-lasting effects in the body, a fact that inherently increases the risk of delayed adverse events... Read more

Evolution Explained

At the most basic level, evolution is fuelled by chaos: by mistakes in genetic replication. It's only natural selection that brings order to evolution... Read more

Nanomedicine Technology is Here: The Invention, Scale, and Applications

Nanomedicine allows us to target disease at the appropriate operational scale, making for less invasive and more effective therapies from drug delivery to surgery... Read more

How Old Are You? Perspectives from Quantum Biology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Genetics

This 30-second RAM is the shortest timeframe attributable to your psychological sense of self, before its scattered over many cognitive dimensions in transition... Read more

What is Schrodinger's Cat? And Can I Pet Him?

The quantum overlords are messing with us. When we stop observing photons in real-time, their behaviour switches from deterministic to probabilistic... Read more

We're Going Multiplanetary: Musk, Mars, and Exoplanets

In 50,000 years, the next glacial period will ravish the land to create catastrophic cooling, range contractions, and extinctions. It will last for 90,000 years... Read more

How Do Jellyfish Have Sex? The Jelly Lifecycle Illustrated

Jellies are ancient animals, mastering sexual reproduction long before us. Frankly, we're the ones odd-balling it with our penises, vaginas, and miserable childbirth... Read more

Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life Illustrated

What are we fighting? Carl Jung said it's the absolute terror of existence. When life shatters us, what core pursuits will motivate us to put ourselves back together...? Read more

The Life of Nikola Tesla: The Electric Inventions of a Polymath

Despite his extraordinary inventions, the media labelled Tesla a lunatic and a con-man. At one low point, he even saw his private New York lab burn to the ground... Read more

Who Owns Your Organs When You Die? The Ethics of Organ Donation

The ensuing scene was a dystopian nightmare. Police restrained the family while doctors took him into surgery to retrieve his organs, thereby instrumentalising his death... Read more

The Biology of Depression: Norepinephrine, Serotonin, and Dopamine Explained

In the grip of depression, a beautiful sunny day spent with your loved ones is reduced to an overwhelming sense of fear, anxiety, hopelessness, or numbing ambivalence... Read more

The Life of Isaac Asimov: Science Fiction and Fact

He described Nightfall as an archetypal social science fiction, where authors moved away from gadgets and towards exploration of the human condition... Read more

Are We More Than Biological Machines? The Illusion of Free Will

If memories and sensations are cities spread across a country, then consciousness is the interconnected network of highways that connect them... Read more

Helium Could Save Our Planet: Cold Fusion and Moon Mining

Once we crack this nut, it's in our reach to power the world with helium. That's if you consider the moon within our reach—and China certainly does... Read more

Atoms 101: What Do Atoms Look Like?

Despite draping themselves in bed sheets for every occasion, the ancient Greeks were brilliant enough to conceive of atoms as building blocks of the universe... Read more

The Psychology of Facebook: Addiction and Identity

Real social connection involves responding to hundreds of subtle social cues, which are only possible when we're close to each other. Close enough to smell... Read more

Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think: 7 Types of Dog Intelligence

Samantha is a Poodle who organises her toys in the order of most-to-least favourite and most-recently-used, making her an unofficial canine programmer... Read more

Why Can't You Divide by Zero? The Infinity Problem

Enter any number into a calculator and divide by zero. What do you get? Undefined. What in the name of Turing's testicles does your calculator mean by undefined...? Read more

Classical Conditioning Explained

Over time, Sutton will learn that an air horn doesn't actually cause him stabbing pains in the eye. This is known as extinction. Luckily, we can fix that with more good science... Read more

The Real Life Body Snatching Parasite: Curtuteria Australis Illustrated

This is the true story of the parasitic flatworm, Curtuteria australis, which takes over multiple hosts in its lifecycle to wreak complex and stupidly high risk havoc... Read more

How Was Stonehenge Built? Techniques of Neolithic Builders

In the 5,000 years since it was built, Stonehenge has been eroded by weather, sunken by earthworms, and picked at by tourists seeking elaborate garden features... Read more