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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.

"It helps to have a sunny outlook. People are more likely to maintain broader attention and solve problems when they’r...
06/26/2019
To Be More Creative, Cheer Up - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"It helps to have a sunny outlook. People are more likely to maintain broader attention and solve problems when they’re in a positive mood."

I pour a cup of coffee, sharpen my pencil, and get ready to create. I’ve dusted off a half-conceived novel outline I abandoned three…

Too much analysis is “like trying to drive a car with a parachute hanging off the back,” Puccio says. “It just put...
06/26/2019
To Be More Creative, Cheer Up - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

Too much analysis is “like trying to drive a car with a parachute hanging off the back,” Puccio says. “It just puts a drag on your thinking.”

I pour a cup of coffee, sharpen my pencil, and get ready to create. I’ve dusted off a half-conceived novel outline I abandoned three…

"We should be delighted that we get to look and get to know. We never get to know everything; we don’t get to see ever...
06/24/2019
When We Were the Cosmos - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"We should be delighted that we get to look and get to know. We never get to know everything; we don’t get to see everything."

Leading off this week’s chapter of Nautilus, physics writer Michael Brooks carries on a playful, imaginary conversation with Jerome…

"The scientific revolution is rooted in a mentality that doesn’t rely on authority."
06/24/2019
When We Were the Cosmos - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"The scientific revolution is rooted in a mentality that doesn’t rely on authority."

Leading off this week’s chapter of Nautilus, physics writer Michael Brooks carries on a playful, imaginary conversation with Jerome…

"My lab is a place where it’s just as well that I can’t sleep, because there are so many things to do in the world."
06/23/2019
My Family, My Science - Issue 34: Adaptation - Nautilus

"My lab is a place where it’s just as well that I can’t sleep, because there are so many things to do in the world."

There is nothing in the world more perfect than a slide rule. Its burnished aluminum feels cool against your lips, and if you hold…

"People are like plants: They grow toward the light. I chose science because it gave me what I needed: a safe place to b...
06/23/2019
My Family, My Science - Issue 34: Adaptation - Nautilus

"People are like plants: They grow toward the light. I chose science because it gave me what I needed: a safe place to be."

There is nothing in the world more perfect than a slide rule. Its burnished aluminum feels cool against your lips, and if you hold…

A fascinating way to bring music to the deaf, from our friends at Narratively:
06/22/2019
This is What Sound Looks Like

A fascinating way to bring music to the deaf, from our friends at Narratively:

The team at Cymaspace creates cutting-edge technology that helps the hearing-impaired experience the thrill of music.

"I’ve been schooled in quantum physics and trained to think rationally. So why am I carrying on imaginary conversation...
06/21/2019
The Spirit of the Inquisition Lives in Science - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"I’ve been schooled in quantum physics and trained to think rationally. So why am I carrying on imaginary conversations with a 16th-century astrologer?"

I’ve been talking to Jerome Cardano for years now. What’s more, he talks back to me—in a voice that often drips with gentle…

"Selling the lottery dream is possible because, paradoxically, the probabilities of winning are so infinitesimal they be...
06/18/2019
Why We Keep Playing the Lottery - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"Selling the lottery dream is possible because, paradoxically, the probabilities of winning are so infinitesimal they become irrelevant."

To grasp how unlikely it was for Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, to have won the $590 million Powerball lottery…

"It’s a game where reason and logic are rendered obsolete, and hope and dreams are on sale."
06/18/2019
Why We Keep Playing the Lottery - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"It’s a game where reason and logic are rendered obsolete, and hope and dreams are on sale."

To grasp how unlikely it was for Gloria C. MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Florida widow, to have won the $590 million Powerball lottery…

"The relationship between games of war and has become intertwined in today’s computer game industry."
06/17/2019
Let’s Play War - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"The relationship between games of war and has become intertwined in today’s computer game industry."

In the spring of 1964, as fighting escalated in Vietnam, several dozen Americans gathered to play a game. They were some of the most…

"Buckminister Fuller had a solution to the Vietnam War: Host a world peace game out in the open."
06/17/2019
Let’s Play War - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"Buckminister Fuller had a solution to the Vietnam War: Host a world peace game out in the open."

In the spring of 1964, as fighting escalated in Vietnam, several dozen Americans gathered to play a game. They were some of the most…

"Unlike other astronomers who subsist on starlight like manna from heaven, Guyon seeks to ruthlessly suppress it, to ann...
06/16/2019
Looking for a Second Earth in the Shadows - Issue 63: Horizons - Nautilus

"Unlike other astronomers who subsist on starlight like manna from heaven, Guyon seeks to ruthlessly suppress it, to annihilate a star’s light with exquisite optical violence."

Some dark, clear nights, when the blazing stars cast shadows down on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, the astronomer Olivier Guyon steps away from…

How one team of researchers is using freediving to try to understand the language of whales, from our friends at Narrati...
06/15/2019
Meet the Daring Free-Diver Who Talks to Sperm Whales

How one team of researchers is using freediving to try to understand the language of whales, from our friends at Narratively:

We know these giant predators communicate through thunderous clicks. James Nestor and his ragtag crew are determined to find out what they’re saying.

"Today we are our own informants, writing the most detailed personal accounts ever collated."
06/14/2019
WeChat Is Watching - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"Today we are our own informants, writing the most detailed personal accounts ever collated."

It’s 9 a.m. on a typical morning in Chengdu and I’m awakened by the sound of my phone alarm. The phone is in my study, connected…

"People are regularly arrested for messages they send in “private” group chats."
06/14/2019
WeChat Is Watching - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"People are regularly arrested for messages they send in “private” group chats."

It’s 9 a.m. on a typical morning in Chengdu and I’m awakened by the sound of my phone alarm. The phone is in my study, connected…

"WeChat knows what I am reading. It would discover I am doing research for this article."
06/13/2019
WeChat Is Watching - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"WeChat knows what I am reading. It would discover I am doing research for this article."

It’s 9 a.m. on a typical morning in Chengdu and I’m awakened by the sound of my phone alarm. The phone is in my study, connected…

"The more feral horses from New Zealand play, for example, the better they survive their first year."
06/12/2019
Why It Pays to Play Around - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"The more feral horses from New Zealand play, for example, the better they survive their first year."

The 19th-century physicist Hermann von Helmholtz compared his progress in solving a problem to that of a mountain climber “compelled…

"The house took on the atmosphere of a war-room."
06/11/2019
Learning Chess at 40 - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"The house took on the atmosphere of a war-room."

My 4-year-old daughter and I were deep into a game of checkers one day about three years ago when her eye drifted to a nearby table.…

"As we get older, there is one thing at which we get worse: Being a novice."
06/11/2019
Learning Chess at 40 - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"As we get older, there is one thing at which we get worse: Being a novice."

My 4-year-old daughter and I were deep into a game of checkers one day about three years ago when her eye drifted to a nearby table.…

"The scenes of tangled vegetation were not necessarily beautiful or symmetrical, not blessed with remarkable lighting or...
06/09/2019
Six Pictures of Paradise - Issue 101: In Our Nature - Nautilus

"The scenes of tangled vegetation were not necessarily beautiful or symmetrical, not blessed with remarkable lighting or visually striking objects or any kind of grandeur. They were not the kind of thing that your brain could easily tell itself a story about."

For many years I ran a field station in Amazonian Peru. The station was a five-hour canoe ride from the nearest road, and every Friday…

"I’d start looking at the pictures like a scientist determined to miss the point—reducing each of the photographs to...
06/09/2019
Six Pictures of Paradise - Issue 101: In Our Nature - Nautilus

"I’d start looking at the pictures like a scientist determined to miss the point—reducing each of the photographs to a list of plant species."

For many years I ran a field station in Amazonian Peru. The station was a five-hour canoe ride from the nearest road, and every Friday…

How do you practice living on Mars? Our friends at Narratively give us the inside scoop:
06/08/2019
My Life on (Simulated) Mars

How do you practice living on Mars? Our friends at Narratively give us the inside scoop:

This is the true story of six strangers picked to live together in a geodesic dome, on top of a volcano, in a barren atmosphere chosen to replicate life in outer space.

"Mind-wandering is staggeringly frequent. The typical mind is absent between a third and half the time."
06/07/2019
Why It Pays to Play Around - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"Mind-wandering is staggeringly frequent. The typical mind is absent between a third and half the time."

The 19th-century physicist Hermann von Helmholtz compared his progress in solving a problem to that of a mountain climber “compelled…

"Male spiders practice how to copulate fast enough to get away from a female before other males attack them."
06/07/2019
Why It Pays to Play Around - Issue 73: Play - Nautilus

"Male spiders practice how to copulate fast enough to get away from a female before other males attack them."

The 19th-century physicist Hermann von Helmholtz compared his progress in solving a problem to that of a mountain climber “compelled…

"Nature loves to play. Let's talk spiders ..." That and more, in the new Nautilus issue, "Play."
06/06/2019
Nautilus | Science Connected

"Nature loves to play. Let's talk spiders ..." That and more, in the new Nautilus issue, "Play."

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.

“This has the potential to be the nail in the coffin for seeing stars in most communities.”
06/05/2019
Falling in Love With the Dark - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus

“This has the potential to be the nail in the coffin for seeing stars in most communities.”

If you see a car along that road,” Tyler Nordgren warned me, “don’t look at the headlights. It’ll ruin your night vision for…

"It is to molecular biologists what the periodic table is to chemists—the foundation for all future discoveries."
06/04/2019
The Thrill of Defeat - Issue 72: Quandary - Nautilus

"It is to molecular biologists what the periodic table is to chemists—the foundation for all future discoveries."

I once knew a scientist who worked in the lab all of her waking hours for weeks on end. Indeed I’ve known a few. When a big discovery…

"Being scooped drives a wedge between two forces that motivate scientists: curiosity and ego. You get the thrill of lear...
06/04/2019
The Thrill of Defeat - Issue 72: Quandary - Nautilus

"Being scooped drives a wedge between two forces that motivate scientists: curiosity and ego. You get the thrill of learning the answer to the question that has obsessed you, but at the same moment you’re crushed to learn that you won’t be the one who discovered it."

I once knew a scientist who worked in the lab all of her waking hours for weeks on end. Indeed I’ve known a few. When a big discovery…

"People who believe in gods that are more punishing, or more moralizing, are more generous."
06/03/2019
The Worth of an Angry God - Issue 72: Quandary - Nautilus

"People who believe in gods that are more punishing, or more moralizing, are more generous."

A god who knows everything, is everywhere, and wields impossible power, is a potent fantasy. Allegiance to it animates the lives of…

"The purpose of a scientific approach to art is not to take the mystery out of the art. It’s to give you new insight i...
06/02/2019
Gustav Klimt in the Brain Lab - Issue 69: Patterns - Nautilus

"The purpose of a scientific approach to art is not to take the mystery out of the art. It’s to give you new insight into why you think it’s so wonderful and mysterious."

The neuroscientist was in the art gallery and there were many things to learn. So Eric Kandel excitedly guided me through the bright…

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