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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 line between pleasure and fear is thin, and sometimes you can place yourself right on it."
04/30/2019
In the Flow on Half Dome - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"The line between pleasure and fear is thin, and sometimes you can place yourself right on it."

We reached Thank God Ledge on the Regular Northwest Face, of Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome climb, by mid-afternoon. This 40-foot horizontal…

"It’s funny how physics, like any field, has a small number of hot-button issues that people get very emotional about....
04/29/2019
Why the Flow of Time Is an Illusion - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"It’s funny how physics, like any field, has a small number of hot-button issues that people get very emotional about."

In his book Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Max Tegmark writes that “time is not an illusion,…

"It’s like the ending of Life of Brian, where they say, 'You come from nothing, you’re going back to nothing. What h...
04/29/2019
Why the Flow of Time Is an Illusion - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"It’s like the ending of Life of Brian, where they say, 'You come from nothing, you’re going back to nothing. What have you lost?' "

In his book Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality, Max Tegmark writes that “time is not an illusion,…

"Corinne had always been told the best way to find something you’ve misplaced is to retrace your steps. But how would ...
04/28/2019
Echos - Issue 68: Context - Nautilus

"Corinne had always been told the best way to find something you’ve misplaced is to retrace your steps. But how would one begin to do that with a person?"

Before Corrine’s husband abandoned her in Berlin, he liked to say that her name reminded him of the word “corrupt.” But ending…

"Drug dealers care about their online brand and reputation and customer satisfaction as much as Airbnb hosts or eBay sel...
04/24/2019
How Darknet Sellers Build Trust - Issue 55: Trust - Nautilus

"Drug dealers care about their online brand and reputation and customer satisfaction as much as Airbnb hosts or eBay sellers."

Trust used to be a very personal thing: You went on the recommendations of your friends or friends of friends. By finding ways to…

"Fluid researchers have struggled to understand just what is going on at the transition to turbulence."
04/23/2019
How Does Turbulence Get Started? - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"Fluid researchers have struggled to understand just what is going on at the transition to turbulence."

The water is always running in Björn Hof’s laboratory. Like a Zen water fountain, it gently flows over the top of a reservoir into…

"The critical Reynolds number for flow through a pipe was quite possibly the worst-known constant of nature."
04/23/2019
How Does Turbulence Get Started? - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"The critical Reynolds number for flow through a pipe was quite possibly the worst-known constant of nature."

The water is always running in Björn Hof’s laboratory. Like a Zen water fountain, it gently flows over the top of a reservoir into…

"On the new planet, we would throw away our pelts forever and bask in uranium heat."
04/21/2019
The Weaker Sister - Issue 41: Selection - Nautilus

"On the new planet, we would throw away our pelts forever and bask in uranium heat."

What on earth was mine? Our underground domicile’s concrete walls mapped with veins of mold and ice, the drip-drip-drip of dirty…

"I couldn’t see a future that didn’t involve me and Vee dying out here, either from starvation or from our lungs fil...
04/21/2019
The Weaker Sister - Issue 41: Selection - Nautilus

"I couldn’t see a future that didn’t involve me and Vee dying out here, either from starvation or from our lungs filling up, the sickness blooming in our cells."

What on earth was mine? Our underground domicile’s concrete walls mapped with veins of mold and ice, the drip-drip-drip of dirty…

A look at an athletic new way to make art, from our friends at Narratively.
04/20/2019
Drawing Baltimore With a Bicycle

A look at an athletic new way to make art, from our friends at Narratively.

Armed with a smartphone, a maps app and an appetite for urban exploration, a driven middle school science teacher pioneers a quirky new form of digital art.

"She’s anthropomorphizing a mech—a recruit’s mistake, one she should be past."
04/14/2019
Defy the Stars - Issue 48: Chaos - Nautilus

"She’s anthropomorphizing a mech—a recruit’s mistake, one she should be past."

Count to five, Noemi decides. If she’s cracking up—if the terror of the past few minutes has scrambled her mind to the point where…

"Physicists must be cautious in relating the findings from these cultivated black holes to their natural-born cousins."
04/12/2019
How to Get Close to a Black Hole - Issue 50: Emergence - Nautilus

"Physicists must be cautious in relating the findings from these cultivated black holes to their natural-born cousins."

This essay is one of the five winners in the 2019 writing competition held by the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard University. “The…

"The reason dogs make good pets is this innate behavior of finding somewhere to sit and wait for food to arrive."
04/10/2019
Only Street Dogs Are Real Dogs - Issue 41: Selection - Nautilus

"The reason dogs make good pets is this innate behavior of finding somewhere to sit and wait for food to arrive."

What is a dog? Many people often think of dogs as kennel club creations. The purebred dog is man’s best friend, not the street dog.…

"Gravity presents many puzzles because it gives rise to “anti-thermodynamic” behavior."
04/08/2019
The Mystery of Time’s Arrow - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"Gravity presents many puzzles because it gives rise to “anti-thermodynamic” behavior."

As conscious beings, we are constantly aware of the relentless march of time. You can make an egg into an omelet, but you can’t…

"It is literally a matter of life and death, for we all march together in the same direction from birth to the grave."
04/08/2019
The Mystery of Time’s Arrow - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"It is literally a matter of life and death, for we all march together in the same direction from birth to the grave."

As conscious beings, we are constantly aware of the relentless march of time. You can make an egg into an omelet, but you can’t…

“No one is ever truly alone anymore. Including you. Someone will always be here, or just over the horizon or behind th...
04/07/2019
The Periodic Stranger - Issue 8: Home - Nautilus

“No one is ever truly alone anymore. Including you. Someone will always be here, or just over the horizon or behind that cloud, which is still close enough to keep an eye on you. You can be sure of that.”

My roots are in a hilltop village west of Matera, where rabbit and boar run riot in the fields. Figs, apricots, and pears hang in…

When coal mining has polluted the soil and water, how do you farm? An innovative new way to farm, and build a community,...
04/06/2019
Can Hydroponic Lettuce Save Coal Country?

When coal mining has polluted the soil and water, how do you farm? An innovative new way to farm, and build a community, from our friends at Narratively.

Young people tend to talk about “getting out” of McDowell County, West Virginia. But one radical farmer is bringing life back to his struggling hometown.

"We now insist that Web pages load in a quarter of a second, when we had no problem with two seconds in 2009 and four se...
04/05/2019
Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"We now insist that Web pages load in a quarter of a second, when we had no problem with two seconds in 2009 and four seconds in 2006."

Not long ago I diagnosed myself with the recently identified condition of sidewalk rage. It’s most pronounced when it comes to a…

"Can we stave off the slowness rage and revive patience? We need to find a way to reset our internal timers and unwarp t...
04/05/2019
Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"Can we stave off the slowness rage and revive patience? We need to find a way to reset our internal timers and unwarp time."

Not long ago I diagnosed myself with the recently identified condition of sidewalk rage. It’s most pronounced when it comes to a…

"I had the view that dams were destructive and stupid, and should be removed wherever possible."
04/04/2019
The Dam Problem in the West - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"I had the view that dams were destructive and stupid, and should be removed wherever possible."

I am paddling through the silt of the Green River, the largest, most remote, and least developed tributary of the Colorado River,…

"The general public doesn’t know what the dams do. They’d be at the mercy of the rivers without them."
04/04/2019
The Dam Problem in the West - Issue 71: Flow - Nautilus

"The general public doesn’t know what the dams do. They’d be at the mercy of the rivers without them."

I am paddling through the silt of the Green River, the largest, most remote, and least developed tributary of the Colorado River,…

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