Rappler's latest stories on Science Solitaire
Books tear down the walls of what society assumed to be fixed, or at least, could largely be demolished only by political or economic policies. Books are revolutionary in themselves.
Your one and only life is worth the brainwork
How would you want your work and living spaces to reflect what you love about life?
We humans invented the disciplines so we can highlight various aspects of reality for a deeper understanding. It's time to unlearn the borders we made so we can see where the disciplines connect and where they diverge.
Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind
We are wired to fear far more than we are to be reasonable. But are we all created to be equally fearful?
Air pollution is making us dumb and it will grow worse because we are urbanizing fast
Food has taken on a flavor that is much more than the tastes it elicits
It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives
There is probably no wall that food cannot melt and break down
Humans shake things up – not only when we act. It could start with how we think about something.
How many places do we really hold constant in our hearts at any time in our lifetime?
There is a deep, biological reason why we gravitate toward rural areas when we need a break from our frenzied city lives
Life and all its bits are connected. Knowing how those connections could work for your life is key to nailing your purpose.
How many generations of smoke does science need to uncover before we accept that tobacco is the most dangerous natural product we have invented?
It makes so much sense to go back to the most basic organized unit of life – the cell – if we want to treat diseases
Music is a powerful emotional glue. When played, it becomes entwined with your memories and a part of who you are.
There seems to be something about rising temperatures that contributes to the ascent of human tempers
What do love and hate really look like as they come alive in our brains? Do they occur in places that are opposing equivalents?
Studies have shown that when we train ourselves in compassion, we are able to process our own suffering and the suffering of others without shutting down
(UPDATED) Our brains are not very good at switching. It may feel good since every time you click and see something new, you feel rewarded, but because we are wired only to process one thing at a time, we make errors in judgments.
Plants do talk and maybe, if we can decode their language and listen in, we will find a way to get out of this mess of a planet that we humans got all of life into
We forget we are animals. We forget that we share bits and pieces of our biology with the rest of life, more with other animals.
What kind of decision making happens in people who do online dating?
When we consider someone our close friend, we know that it is because of deeper reasons other than the circumstances of our birth. What could it be?
We now crave for our smartphones quite closely as we need oxygen. So what is it doing to us?
How many emotions does a human being express or suppress in a lifetime? Could we even count and identify them?
The thing about eating is you are not just feeding yourself when you eat
Have you thought about what your place is or will be in the age of artificial intelligence?
'Life is the greatest story ever told! / You cannot, must not, write your own story to be less than that.'
How much of a role for food has science uncovered when it comes to our moods?
How much do we really want to rely on written posts if we want to have a world in which it is crucial that we understood each other?
'Thank you, Dad, from the deepest places in my heart, for launching the Apollo in me.'
How much of your childhood do you bring into your adulthood?
Mental conditions are real, and they have a biological basis – which means it has a parallel story inside your brain which deserves attention and treatment
Our lives are entwined with material stuff, more than we care to admit or affirm
Race is a myth because each of us is jigsaw puzzle with 3 billion pairs that form a mosaic from various geographic origins
Humans have brains that crave for some assurance, even momentarily, in the face of uncertainty – and ritual provide that for us