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The New Cosmos: A Conversation with Ann Druyan

Emmy and Peabody Award–winning science writer, producer and director Ann Druyan talks about Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the next installment of the Cosmos series.

March 8, 2020 — Lee Billings and Steve Mirsky

Computers Confirm Beethoven’s Influence

By breaking 900 classical piano compositions into musical chunks, researchers could track Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence on the composers who followed him. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...

March 3, 2020 — Christopher Intagliata

Science News Briefs from around the World

Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from off the California coast about the first heart rate measurement done on a blue whale.

March 2, 2020 — Sarah Lewin Frasier

Wasp Nests Help Date Aboriginal Art

Art created by Australian Aboriginal people used organic carbon-free pigments, but wasp nests above or below the art can be used for radiocarbon dating that supplies boundaries for the age of artworks...

February 19, 2020 — Susanne Bard

Kirk, Spock and Darwin

Duke University evolutionary biologist Mohamed A. F. Noor talks about his book Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds ...

February 12, 2020 — Steve Mirsky

Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes

Whiskeys claimed to be from the 19th century are revealed to be made with much more recently grown barley, thanks to the unique isotopic fingerprint of the nuclear-testing era.  

February 6, 2020 — Eliene Augenbraun
How Do You Write Compellingly about Science?

How Do You Write Compellingly about Science?

A new book entitled The Craft of Science Writing explains how to help readers understand the science that underlies so many of the issues that touch our lives

February 3, 2020 — Siri Carpenter
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