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Natural Sciences December 3, 2021

Foundational Questions In Cosmology

Why is the universe the way it is? Ancient societies over told creation stories to answer that question, which seems to be as old as human civilization itself. Cosmology seeks […]

Natural Sciences December 3, 2021

The Best of All Possible Worlds?

Scientists and philosophers continue to reckon with the spreading evidence and implications of fine tuning. The 18th-century German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz famously argued that the universe as it existed had […]

Natural Sciences December 2, 2021

Exploring Nature’s Wildest Enigmas: Black Holes

Natural Sciences November 9, 2021

WATCH: How to Make a Map of the Invisible

 You can’t see it, touch it, smell it, or taste it. It is like nothing else in the known world. It exists silently alongside ordinary matter, not interacting with […]

Natural Sciences November 3, 2021

What Does a 1,800-year-old Buddhist Classic Have to Say about Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality?

A renowned physicist discusses the philosophy of emptiness with the Dalai Lama’s doctor An expert in quantum gravity and a Hollywood-born family doctor-turned Buddhist monk met recently to discuss whether […]

Natural Sciences October 6, 2021

Is One of Biology’s Perennial Themes Ready For a Fresh Look? Alan Love on the Science of Purpose.

University of Minnesota philosopher Alan Love studies the interplay between philosophy and biology. He is the principal investigator for “Agency, Directionality, and Function: Foundations for a Science of Purpose,” a […]

Natural Sciences September 23, 2021

Paul Davies on ‘What’s Eating the Universe?’

Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and best-selling author is Regents’ Professor of Physics and director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. His […]

Natural Sciences September 15, 2021

Searching for Cosmic Company: Astrophysicist Jennifer Wiseman on the human fascination with alien life

Humans have contemplated the possibility of life beyond Earth for millenia. In ancient Greece, the philosopher Epicurus pondered “an infinity of worlds” outside of our own. Roman poet Lucretius theorized […]

Natural Sciences April 6, 2021

How Scientists Showed Us the Unseeable

Pulling Back the Curtain on a Black Hole Breakthrough  On April 10, 2019 front pages and homepages around the world featured a black-and-orange picture of a blurred ring, dark at […]

Natural Sciences October 9, 2020

Foundation-Supported Researchers Win Nobel Prize and MacArthur Fellowship

Two researchers who have received support from the John Templeton Foundation were announced this week as winners of the Nobel Prize and the MacArthur Fellowship. Jennifer A. Doudna of the […]