RIP Monty Hall: Explaining the Monty Hall Problem

Update: This article was originally posted in May 2010. We’ve just learned that Canadian-American game show host Monty Hall died last Saturday at the age of 96. Read more about the puzzle that was named after him below. It’s a fact: a lot of people get confused over probability problems. For example, most geek reading […]

Why Is The Universe So Empty? (ft. PHD Comics!)

Why is the universe organized the way it is? And why is it so empty? From planets and stars to superclusters and galactic filaments, the universe’s largest structures formed because of its smallest. In this special collaboration with PHD Comics, we’ll learn how the earliest, quantumest blips seeded the structure of everything everywhere. [It’s Okay […]

The Science of Dragons is Mostly Right in Game of Thrones! (According to Neil deGrasse Tyson)

Yeah, we all know that flying dragons aren’t actually a thing in this world, but in Westeros, they’re quite real. What this world has, however, is Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who enjoys destroying movies and shows that defy the laws of physics. A few days ago, the man has started tweeting some facts about […]