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Evolutionary Biologist Lynn Margulis on the Spirituality of Science and the Interconnectedness of Life Across Time, Space, and Species

“The fact that we are connected through space and time shows that life is a unitary phenomenon, no matter how we express that fact.”<p><i>“Our origins are of the earth,”</i> marine biologist Rachel Carson wrote in contemplating science and our spiritual bond with nature. <i>“And so there is in us a deeply seated</i> …

Women in Science

Shadow the Crew of a Mars Simulation with 'The Habitat' Podcast

The new podcast "The Habitat" takes listeners into the dome of a simulated Mars mission, where six volunteers live for a year in isolation from the …

Amazing

Alan Lightman on the Longing for Absolutes in a Relative World and What Gives Lasting Meaning to Our Lives

“We are idealists and we are realists. We are dreamers and we are builders. We are experiencers and we are experimenters. We long for certainties, yet we ourselves are full of the ambiguities of the Mona Lisa and the <i>I Ching</i>. We ourselves are a part of the yin-yang of the world.”<p><i>“Every formula which</i> …

The Hour of Land: Terry Tempest Williams on the Responsibility of Awe and the Wilderness as an Antidote to the War Within Ourselves

“Awe is the moment when ego surrenders to wonder.”<p>In his stirring meditation on what makes life worth living, Walt Whitman asked: <i>“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what</i> …

The Perfect One-Minute Meditation

The holidays, and even this week before New Year’s, are a tough time to find time.<p>There’s the crunch of finishing work to take time off, gifts to buy and/or return, parties to attend and vacations to plan or head towards.<p>All this, plus time with the family beloved or not, can lead to a lot of …

Meditation

Von der Schönheit der Sterne

Was wäre, wenn es keine Dunkle Materie gibt? Und ist ein Vakuum gar nicht leer? Der Autor und Physiker Stefan Klein nimmt uns in seinem Buch "Das All …

Psychologie

Six Books Shortlisted for Man Booker International Prize

LONDON — Two past winners were among the six authors whose books were placed on the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize on Thursday.<p>The prize recognizes literary works translated into English and published in Britain. It is distinct from the Man Booker Prize, which is awarded to works …

Books

I’ve Spent Years Photographing The Breathtaking Landscapes Of My Country, And You’ll Never Ever Believe Where It Is

My country is arguably one of the smallest in the world. With little over 8000 sq. miles (20,000 sq. km) in size, it can fit 19 times inside …

The 20 most hipster cities in the US — and why you should consider moving to one

1/<p>20. Seattle, Washington<p>Seattle has long served as a hub for hipsters who value natural beauty and call the Pacific Northwest home. Although the …

This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but it usually pays off in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and …

The Habits of Light: A Celebration of Pioneering Astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Whose Calculations Proved That the Universe Is Expanding

“The universe is made of distance and of dust.”<p><i>“Nothing is fixed. All is in flux,”</i> physicist Alan Lightman wrote in his soaring meditation on how to live with our longing for absolutes in a relative universe, reminding us that all the physical evidence gleaned through millennia of scientific …

The Milky Way Galaxy Is Growing Faster Than the Speed of Sound

Our Milky Way galaxy is growing faster than the speed of sound as new stars pop up in its hinterlands, a new study suggests.<p>"The Milky Way is pretty …

Vast Black Hole Swarm May Surround Milky Way's Heart

A swarm of thousands of black holes may surround the giant black hole at the heart of our galaxy, a new study finds.<p>At the hearts of most, if not …

Bears Are Caring for Their Cubs Longer in Response to Hunting

Results from a new study could have implications for brown bear evolution.<p>Over the years, several researchers noticed a change in the way that Scandinavian brown bears care for their young. Sweden has one of the fastest bear reproduction rates in the world, and it seems that females were spending …

Wildlife

18 More Awesome (and Awesomely Bad) Outdoor Movies You Need to Watch

Hike the PCT or sail the Indian Ocean with these great (but sometimes cringe-inducing) flicks.

12 Dreamy Travel Goals To Shoot For Before Hitting 30, Because Why Not?

Your 20s is a time to find yourself, try new things, meet new people, and see the world. It's a time when you're still figuring this whole life thing …

Intelligentes Überwältigungskino wie noch nie im deutschen Film

Der Regisseur Dennis Gansel hat mit „Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer“ einen der teuersten deutschen Filme gedreht – und rettet damit trotzdem …

This Galaxy Has Almost No Dark Matter—and Scientists Are Baffled

If astronomers really have found an "undark" galaxy, it’s a strong clue that dark matter is real.<p>An unusual galaxy far, far away is stumping astronomers not because of what’s there, but because of what’s missing.<p><b>What is this thing?</b><p>About 65 million light-years away, the galaxy called NGC1052-DF2 is …

Cosmology

Chiura Obata’s Stunning Paintings of Yosemite

“…a bowl full of joy, clear as the sky, pure as the falling cherry petals, without worry, without doubt…”<p><i>“Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered,”</i> the Scottish mountaineer and poet Nan Shepherd wrote in her breathtaking love letter to the mountain. Around the same …

Nach dem Aids-Gerücht verstummt das Funkgerät

Ein ostdeutscher Chemiker wird von der UdSSR angeworben und als Agent in die USA geschickt. Als er Jahre später zurückkehren soll, greift Jack Barsky …

Why Do Whales Get So Big? Science May Have an Answer.

Marine mammals have evolved their whopping size for a reason—and it's not what we expected.<p>Land mammals can get plenty big, but to find the planet’s true giants, you'll have to take to the seas.<p>In a new study, scientists show why that is. Marine mammals "have to find a happy medium between getting …

Marine Mammals

Here We Are: Oliver Jeffers’s Warm Illustrated Field Guide to Living Together on Our Pale Blue Dot

A tender invitation to fathom the shared cosmic destiny behind our glorious differences.<p>When the <i>Voyager 1</i> spacecraft turned its camera back on the Solar System for one last look after taking its pioneering photographs of our planetary neighborhood, it captured a now-iconic image of Earth — a tiny …

The Wonders of Possibility: Lewis Thomas on Our Human Potential and Our Cosmic Responsibility to the Planet and to Ourselves

“We are in for one surprise after another if we keep at it and keep alive. We can build structures for human society never seen before, thoughts never thought before, music never heard before.”<p><i>“Our origins are of the earth,”</i> Rachel Carson wrote in contemplating science and our spiritual bond with …

This Book Is a Planetarium: A Pop-Up Masterpiece Translating the Laws of Physics into Playful and Poetic Tangibility

From light to time, magical hands-on demonstrations making concretely comprehensible the abstract forces and phenomena we experience but cannot ordinarily touch.<p>In her stunning poem “Planetarium,” Adrienne Rich wrote of translating “pulsations into images for the relief of the body and the …

Space Adventure Game Outer Wilds Is Back With New Publisher, Release Date

If you've been following the crowd-funding and -investing platform Fig, you might remember the campaign for Outer Wilds. The game raised $126,000 back in September 2015, but it had been in development long before that. However, since its successful campaign, developer Mobius Digital has been pretty …

Indie Gaming

WELT

Stephen Hawking ist tot. Das ist seine letzte Botschaft an die Welt.

Stephen Hawking's Most Provocative Moments, From Evil Aliens to Black Hole Wagers

The famous physicist was fond of making scientific bets and predictions, from the nature of black holes to the end of humanity.<p><i>This article was originally published on March 14. It was updated on May 2.</i><p>In the 1970s, Stephen Hawking, who died in March at age 76, turned the physics world upside down …

Physics

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds

Their brains may be tiny, but birds have been known to outsmart children and apes.<p>Until the 21st century, birds were largely dismissed as simpletons. How smart can you be with a brain the size of a nut?<p>And yet the more we study bird intelligence, the more those assumptions are breaking down. …

Birds

Watch What Happens When a Polar Bear Plays With a Dog

This unlikely story of bear-meets-dog appears to have ended on playful terms.<p>When veterinary nurse Brittany Semeniuk went to Manitoba, Canada, in November, she and her vet partner were looking to photograph polar bears. They visited a place called Mile 5 Sanctuary, outside the town of …

Wildlife

Watch a Humpback Whale Lift a Diver Out of the Water to Protect Her From a Shark

It's official: Humpback whales are the guardians of the seas.<p>A new video shows a humpback whale protecting marine biologist Nan Hauser from a nearby …