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Rotifers: charmingly bizarre and often ignored

An ode to the rotifer – how these microscopic creatures live, die and dry out, entering a peculiar state somewhere in betweenBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

World wide open

Deep brain stimulation not only treats psychiatric disease – it changes the whole person, boosting confidence and opennessBy Julian Kiverstein, Erik Rietveld & Damiaan DenysRead at Aeon

Everything you wanted to know about sudden birth (but were afraid to ask)

Shoddy filmmaking, stiff acting, clinical dialogue – yes! The cult thrill of a 1960s police training film for a sudden birthBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Lies and honest mistakes

Our crisis of public knowledge is an ethical crisis. Rewarding ‘truthfulness’ above ‘truth’ is a step towards a solutionBy Richard V ReevesRead at Aeon

Riches in space

Asteroids could pay for so much space exploration. We just need to mine those valuable resources – and duck a direct hitBy Martin ElvisRead at Aeon

How an infinite hotel ran out of room

Some infinities are bigger than others – to understand why, you’ll need to check in to the odd world of the Hilbert HotelBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

The Margaret Mead problem

Mead, so radical about gender and sex in her early work, doubled down on the differences between men and women later. Why?By Elesha J CoffmanRead at Aeon

The same

With their buzzes, clanks and whirrs, the rhythms of prison life form a meditation on conformity and freedomBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Stock-picking for humanity

Everyone on the planet has a stake in making investment more ethical. What’s new is that they have the power to do so tooBy Ellen QuigleyRead at Aeon

Charting animal cognition

How a ‘periodic table’ of animal cognition could help us get past our biases when assessing the minds of nonhuman beingsBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

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