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60 Amazing Articles about
Science and Technology

The best science and technology articles -- the best articles on science and technology

Progress

The Abundances of Ages by Venkat Roa

What history tells us about the future of technology

Waste, Creativity and Godwin’s Corollary for Technology by Venkat Rao

On a 10-point scale where good vs. evil is a 4 in terms of difficulty, I’d rate scarcity versus abundance at 8.5.

Smaller by Malcolm Gladwell

The disposable diaper and the meaning of progress.

Addicted to Speed by James Gleick

How technology makes us faster

When the House Starts Talking to Itself
by James Gleick

Is your house smarter than you are?

Atoms Are the New Bits by Chris Anderson

In an age of open source, custom-fabricated, DIY product design, all you need to conquer the world is a brilliant idea.

The Environment

State of the Species by Charles C. Mann

Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?

Planet of Weeds by David Quammen

Decreasing biological diversity tends to favour adaptable invasive species, like us.

Plastic Ocean by Susan Casey

A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse.

The Prophet of Garbage by Michael Behar

Joseph Longo’s Plasma Converter turns trash into clean energy - and promises to make a relic of the landfill.

20 more great articles about the environment

The Atom

The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein

The boy who attempted to build a nuclear breeder reactor in his mother’s potting shed as part of a Boy Scout merit-badge project.

How to Get a Nuclear Bomb by William Langewiesche

It wouldn’t be easy. But it wouldn’t be impossible. A reporter travels the world to find out how.

Meltdown by Wil S. Hylton

What went wrong with nuclear power? How did the cleanest, cheapest solution to our oil dependence become the stuff of apocalyptic nightmares? Where does the myth end and the truth begin?

10 more great articles about nuclear technology

Biology

Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity by Gregg Easterbrook

Norman Borlaug, the agronomist whose discoveries sparked the Green Revolution, has saved literally millions of lives, yet he is hardly a household name.

Mind Control by Carl Zimmer

How to control an army of zombies

Red Menace by Brendan I. Koerner

Stopping the Ug99 Fungus Before Its Spores Bring Starvation.

A Simple Plan to ID Every Creature on Earth

"He wants to know more than just the names, of course; he wants to know who lives where and who eats whom and to unravel the mysteries of the ecosystem. But his first question is always the most basic: What is it called?"

Genetics

Restless Genes by David Dobbs

The compulsion to see what lies beyond that far ridge or that ocean is a defining part of human identity and success.

The Search for Adam and Eve by John Tierney

She was not the only woman on earth, nor necessarily the most attractive or maternal. She was just the most fruitful.

Race Without Color by Jared Diamond

Why race based on genetics has little to do with skin colour.

Health

The Origin of Aids by Tom Curtis

In one of the greatest triumphs of twentieth-century medicine, but there was a shadow over the conquest of polio...

The Score by Atul Gawande

How childbirth went industrial.

Dirty Medicine by Mariah Blake

How medical supply behemoths stick it to the little guy, making America’s health care system more dangerous and expensive.

20 more great articles about health

The Body

Sorry, But Your Soul Just Died

"Brain imaging was invented for medical diagnosis. But its far greater importance is that it may very well confirm, in ways too precise to be disputed, theories about the mind, the self, the soul, and free will."

The Unspeakable Odyssey of the Motionless Boy
by Joshua Foer

Erik can't move. He can't blink his eyes. And he hasn't said a word since 1999. But now, thanks to an electrode that was surgically implanted in his brain and linked to a computer, his nine-year silence is about to end.

Cyborg America by Ben Popper

Inside the strange new world of basement body hackers.

Sex

The Biology of Attraction by Helen E. Fisher

A comprehensive review of the biological underpinnings of sexual behaviour, from flirting and courtship to infidelity and break-ups.

What Do Women Want? by Daniel Bergner

How cutting-edge research is helping to unravel the many complexities of female desire.

Men, Women, Sex And Darwin by Natalie Angier

A critical look at the widely held belief that all men want to play the field, while women are programmed for monogamy.

20 more great articles about sex

Misc.

Free Science, One Paper at a Time by David Dobbs

Is it ludicrous for universities to fund research and then pay to read it?

The Awe-Inspiring Majesty of Science by Chuck Klostermann

If tampering with the DNA of unborn children in an attempt to grant them unfathomable superpowers is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Trials and Errors by Jonah Lehrer

Why science is failing us

The Origami Lab by Susan Orlean

Why a physicist dropped everything for paper folding.

The Search for the Perfect Kilogram
by Jonathon Keats

The official US kilogram — the physical prototype against which all weights in the United States are calibrated — cannot be touched by human hands except in rare circumstances

Small, but Mighty by Natalie Angier

The Molecule Called Water.

Atchafalaya by John McPhee

Taming the Mississippi.

The Death Ray by Becky Ferreira

The history of the weapon that never was.

Typewriter Man by Ian Frazier

The Manhattan Yellow Pages has so many listings under “Typewriters” that you might think getting someone to fix a manual would