Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016)
The Kennewick Man skeleton has been deemed Native American, but a cultural question delays its burial
Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about the necessary connections among the various ways we have of describing the universe.
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Sinking land and rising water are destroying seaside sites that hold the key to understanding vanished cultures
Despite the rush to virtual reality, the medium faces major challenges when it comes to filmmaking
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Researchers found that neighborhoods with a higher proportion of Flickr photos tagged "art" saw a higher spike in property prices. Christopher Intagliata reports.