Ada Lovelace, widely regarded as the first computer programmer, would probably have appreciated the current thinking on diversity in the workplace.
The key indicator for animals may be total energy expended over a lifetime
What I love about the annual TED gathering in Vancouver is the way science coexists along with art, social justice, popular song and the rest of TED's eclectic mix.
The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council meetings are going on this week in Dubai. More than 1000 experts (including Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina) have gathered to discuss big world problems such as climate change, poverty, water shortages, energy and innovation.
This week begins the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council meetings. More than 1000 experts (including Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina) have gathered in Dubai to discuss big world problems such as climate change, poverty, water shortages, energy and innovation.
Global figures on diversity in the science and engineering workforce are hard to come by, but what we know is not flattering
Science and technology are society's main engines of prosperity. Who gets to drive them?
When Bran Ferren was 9 years old his parents took him to the Pantheon in Rome. He looked around at the marble and sculptures, which seemed typical in the ancient city, and then he looked up at the ceiling, which didn't seem typical at all.
Nicholas Negroponte, the visionary computer scientist who founded the One Laptop Per Child initiative, now says he wants to connect the "last billion" people on the planet.
When does it make sense to throw vast sums of money at a single problem? The question animates a lot of debate in science policy circles, and it was a topic of discussion among scientists and policymakers at the World Economic Forums annual meeting in Davos.
GlaxoSmithKline broke with industry practice and announced that it will no longer pay scientists to promote its drugs, reports the New York Times.
Myths can be more harmful than lies, Nobel laureate Harry Kroto has said, because they are more difficult to recognize and often go unexamined.
The late physicist Erwin Schrodinger was probably relieved to know that flesh and blood cats are too big to behave according to the laws of quantum physics.
A talent search preceding this year’s TED conference turned up enough startlingly smart prodigies to lend an American Idol feel to the event. There was the 15-year-old who invented a better test for pancreatic cancer, the 18-year-old who presented his second nuclear reactor design, and the 13-year-old who strung flickering light-emitting diodes around his family’s livestock to keep the lions away.
Sugata Mitra Sugata Mitra gave street kids in a slum in New Delhi access to a computer connected to the Internet, and found that they quickly taught themselves how to use it.
After a campaign that avoided climate change like the plague, President Barack Obama gave a State of the Union speech that put climate change on center stage.
A survey of leaders shows growing concern over consequences of science and technology
photo by Ed Yourdon The flood of online data about each of us seems to be increasing exponentially. For the most part we're willing participants, lured by the promise of convenience and information.
"Why did the government make an announcement not to worry about 2012?... Is this a conspiracy? And if NASA is not worried about Dec 21, why did the head of NASA make a video warning NASA employees to prepare for disaster?" -- question on NASA's Ask an Astrobiologist Being a lazy person at heart, I am always impressed by people who devote a great deal of time and effort to a cause.
Scientists are collaborating across borders to an unprecedented degree, broadening opportunities in Big Science and Big Data projects and helping bridge the gulf between nations