The Most Unknown

The Most Unknown

What Monkeys and ‘Dognition’ Can Teach Us About the Human Brain

Humans clearly have advanced mental abilities compared to other animals on Earth. Laurie Santos wants to know what makes us special.
Becky Ferreira
The Most Unknown

Our Experience of Reality Is a Bunch of Hallucinations We Collectively Agree On

Anil Seth, a neuroscientist and director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex, researches the biological basis of the otherwise ethereal topic of consciousness.
Ankita Rao
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The World’s Most Precise Clock Reveals the Nature of Time and the Universe

Physicist Jun Ye built the world’s most precise clock and is part of the group of scientists who changed our understanding of time itself.
Mirjam Guesgen
The Most Unknown

Methane-Eating Ocean Microbes Could Play a Major Role in Climate Change

Caltech geobiologist and MacArthur Fellow Victoria Orphan sheds light on the tiny single-celled organisms that help keep Earth’s climate in check.
Becky Ferreira
The Most Unknown

What Baby Stars and Meteorites Can Tell Us About Our Solar System’s Past

Rachel Smith studies the birth of stars to better understand the origins of life on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe.
Becky Ferreira
The Most Unknown

Tiny Organisms in Earth’s Most Unlivable Places May Help Us Find Alien Life

Luke McKay, an astrobiologist and microbial ecologist, is probing the extreme limits of life on Earth to answer bigger questions about the universe.
Sarah Emerson
The Most Unknown

Scientists Still Don’t Totally Understand What It Means to Be Conscious

Axel Cleeremans, a psychologist and researcher, has spent the last 30 years trying to figure it out.
Kaleigh Rogers
The Most Unknown

The New Hunt for Dark Matter Is Taking Place Under a Mountain

Davide D’Angelo wasn’t always interested in dark matter, but now he’s at the forefront of the hunt to find the most elusive particle in the universe.
Daniel Oberhaus
The Most Unknown

The Geomicrobiologist Searching for the Origins of Life

Penn State professor and geomicrobiologist-slash-astrobiologist Jenn Macalady is answering how we and other organisms could survive on other planets, by looking deep into Earth’s history.
Samantha Cole
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Watch the Trailer for 'The Most Unknown,' Motherboard's First Feature Documentary

We sent nine scientists across the world on a quest to explore the biggest questions in science, all to find out what drives discovery.
Derek Mead
Thobey Campion