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Nautilus is a different kind of science magazine. We are science, philosophy, and culture connected, offering a new perspective on human uniqueness and our universe—all beautifully illustrated. Each month, we explore a single topic from various scientific disciplines, pairing award-winning journalists with illustrators to create features that are unlike any other science journalism—fascinating, inspired, and innovative. Nautilus publishes online and print long-form features, as well as a blog, Facts So Romantic, and a news service, Three Sentence Science. Beautiful, intriguing, and full of wonder—Nautilus is what science journalism should be.

"The human genome contains billions of pieces of information and around 22,000 genes, but not all of it is, strictly spe...
01/05/2020
The Non-Human Living Inside of You - Cold Spring Harbor Lab on Nautilus

"The human genome contains billions of pieces of information and around 22,000 genes, but not all of it is, strictly speaking, human."

The human genome contains billions of pieces of information and around 22,000 genes, but not all of it is, strictly speaking, human. Eight percent of our DNA consists of remnants...

"Did language meet some need? No. The other five thousand plus mammals among us do fine without it."
01/04/2020
The Kekulé Problem - Issue 47: Consciousness - Nautilus

"Did language meet some need? No. The other five thousand plus mammals among us do fine without it."

Cormac McCarthy is best known to the world as a writer of novels. These include Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, No Country…

"If we want to make Scrabble scoring more indicative of skill, we’ve been looking at the wrong part of the game for year...
01/01/2020
Does Scrabble Need To Be Fixed? - Issue 67: Reboot - Nautilus

"If we want to make Scrabble scoring more indicative of skill, we’ve been looking at the wrong part of the game for years."

You can find Lynda Woods Cleary playing Scrabble every Tuesday at a Panera in Princeton, NJ. Cleary, a 68-year-old retired financial…

"It wasn’t bread that motivated our ancestors to start grain farming. It was beer. Man, they say, chose pints over pastr...
12/31/2019
Beer Domesticated Man - Issue 8: Home - Nautilus

"It wasn’t bread that motivated our ancestors to start grain farming. It was beer. Man, they say, chose pints over pastry."

The domestication of wild grains has played a major role in human evolution, facilitating the transition from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle…

Another new week of stories is live on Nautilus! Be sure to check them out!
12/26/2019
Nautilus | Science Connected

Another new week of stories is live on Nautilus! Be sure to check them out!

Nautilus is a different kind of science magazine. We deliver big-picture science by reporting on a single monthly topic from multiple perspectives. Read a new chapter in the story every Thursday.

From our friends at Narratively, an inside look at the struggle to save the most southerly songbird in the world from an...
12/21/2019
Waging War On Rats in Sub-Antarctic South Georgia

From our friends at Narratively, an inside look at the struggle to save the most southerly songbird in the world from an invasive species of rats:

A team of ambitious ecologists is trying to rid these freezing South Atlantic islands of vermin to save their rarest bird. But are they attempting the impossible?

"This made the prediction inspired and breathtakingly cheeky, as if he had described the age of the dinosaurs from a wis...
12/20/2019
The Eccentric Seer of Supernovas - Issue 79: Catalysts - Nautilus

"This made the prediction inspired and breathtakingly cheeky, as if he had described the age of the dinosaurs from a wishbone."

There was little expectation that anything important would occur at the 1933 meeting of the American Physical Society, which began…

"For a moment, it seemed that the claustrum was indeed what Crick suspected: the hub of consciousness."
12/19/2019
Where Is My Mind? - Issue 79: Catalysts - Nautilus

"For a moment, it seemed that the claustrum was indeed what Crick suspected: the hub of consciousness."

In 1976, Francis Crick arrived at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, overlooking a Pacific Shangri-La with cotton candy skies…

"Much of what is said aloud would be published and made part of the Web. An unfathomable mass of expertise, opinion, wit...
12/15/2019
What Searchable Speech Will Do To You - Issue 28: 2050 - Nautilus

"Much of what is said aloud would be published and made part of the Web. An unfathomable mass of expertise, opinion, wit, and culture—now lost—would be as accessible as any article or comment thread is today."

We are going to start recording and automatically transcribing most of what we say. Instead of evaporating into memory, words spoken…

What should be done with the buffalo? An inside look, from our friends at Narratively:
12/14/2019
The Buffalo Brigade Protecting Yellowstone’s Noble Beasts

What should be done with the buffalo? An inside look, from our friends at Narratively:

They’re one of the last wild buffalo herds in the U.S. but every year hundreds are shot or slaughtered. A group of camera-toting activists wants to make sure the world sees.

Why would you count hawks? A morning spent with a devout birder, from our friends at Narratively:
12/13/2019
Where Counting Hawks Is an Obsession

Why would you count hawks? A morning spent with a devout birder, from our friends at Narratively:

Greg Hanisek’s decades-old ritual defines his life, even as the birds and those who track them slowly disappear.

We’re proud to announce the launch of our newest channel: "Biology + Beyond" with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. CSHL is...
12/11/2019

We’re proud to announce the launch of our newest channel: "Biology + Beyond" with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. CSHL is a leader in quantitative biology, analyzing the data of genomes is a daily journey of discovery. Breakthrough insights into epigenetics, how genes are activated or deactivated by the environment and previously unknown chemical processes in DNA, have become a signature of the Lab.

The secrets of human evolution, hiding in DNA, have been uncovered by the Lab's explorers, revealing, to the world's fascination, more and more branches on the human tree. We'd love to hear your feedback on this exciting new channel!

http://cshl.nautil.us/

We’re proud to announce the launch of our newest channel: "Biology + Beyond" with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. CSHL  i...
12/09/2019

We’re proud to announce the launch of our newest channel: "Biology + Beyond" with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. CSHL is a leader in quantitative biology, analyzing the data of genomes is a daily journey of discovery. Breakthrough insights into epigenetics, how genes are activated or deactivated by the environment and previously unknown chemical processes in DNA, have become a signature of the Lab.

The secrets of human evolution, hiding in DNA, have been uncovered by the Lab's explorers, revealing, to the world's fascination, more and more branches on the human tree. We'd love to hear your feedback on this exciting new channel!

http://cshl.nautil.us/

"Much of the art computers are creating transcends the merely weird to encompass works that we might consider pleasing a...
12/05/2019
Best Screenplay Goes to the Algorithms - Issue 79: Catalysts - Nautilus

"Much of the art computers are creating transcends the merely weird to encompass works that we might consider pleasing and that many artists judge as acceptable."

Ross Goodwin has had an extraordinary career. After playing about with computers as a child, he studied economics, then became a speech…

"In many cities, neon signs still outshine all the stars in the sky."
11/25/2019
A Lexicon of Light - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

"In many cities, neon signs still outshine all the stars in the sky."

The 20 words defined in this lexicon reflect the ways in which light irradiates the atmosphere, the universe, and our perception of…

“What we’re doing is not okay. The climate scientists have measured that salvage logging actually accelerates the emissi...
11/24/2019
Where to See the Real Living Dead - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

“What we’re doing is not okay. The climate scientists have measured that salvage logging actually accelerates the emissions of carbon from the soil.”

Everyone knows forests are alive, but Suzanne Simard, who studies complex, symbiotic networks, helps us see that life anew. Even dying,…

Why should we spend time and resources identifying all the plants in the rainforest? From our friends at Narratively:
11/23/2019
Risking Life and Limb to Catalog the World’s Plants

Why should we spend time and resources identifying all the plants in the rainforest? From our friends at Narratively:

“Plant collection” may not sound perilous, but while scaling boulders and dodging snakes, I learned just how much these intrepid explorers risk to help understand our world.

"The role of the creative imagination is underplayed in thinking through the relationship between urban futures and clim...
11/19/2019
How Imagination Will Save Our Cities - Issue 70: Variables - Nautilus

"The role of the creative imagination is underplayed in thinking through the relationship between urban futures and climate change."

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2017 science-fiction novel New York 2140, the city of the future has become a vertical super-Venice, after…

"If we don’t understand how Jupiter works in our own solar system, how can we figure out how Jupiters around other suns ...
11/18/2019
The Endless Storm Over Jupiter - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

"If we don’t understand how Jupiter works in our own solar system, how can we figure out how Jupiters around other suns work?"

Philip Marcus, you might say, is obsessed with the solar system’s most famous storm. The computational physicist and professor…

How different, really, are rankings in baboon society from teenage human society? A firsthand account from our friends a...
11/16/2019
How Living With Baboons Prepared Me for Living Through High School

How different, really, are rankings in baboon society from teenage human society? A firsthand account from our friends at Narratively:

The world of mean girls and cliques was a startling change from working alongside my primatologist parents. Fortunately, I’d learned a bit about navigating vicious social structures.

"On impact, the asteroid vaporized, an enormous fireball erupted out into space, and rock particles were launched as far...
11/15/2019
The Day the Mesozoic Died - Issue 78: Atmospheres - Nautilus

"On impact, the asteroid vaporized, an enormous fireball erupted out into space, and rock particles were launched as far as halfway to the moon."

“Understanding how we decipher a great historical event written in the book of rocksmay be as interesting as the event itself.”—Walter…

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