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Could chess-boxing defuse aggression in Arizona and beyond?

Teleportation, cloaks of invisibility, smell-o-vision, 3D printing, and even holograms, were all ideas first imagined in science fiction—and now are real products and technologies in various stages of development by scientists...

January 10, 2011 — Andrea Kuszewski

Freeman Dyson, global warming, ESP and the fun of being "bunkrapt"

Should a scientist who believes in extrasensory perception—the ability to read minds, intuit the future and so on—be taken seriously? This question comes to mind when I ponder the iconoclastic physicist Freeman Dyson, whom the journalist Kenneth Brower recently profiled in The Atlantic 's December issue...

January 7, 2011 — John Horgan

The Emperor's New Missile Defense

"Regardless of Russia’s actions in this regard, as long as I am president, and as long as the Congress provides the necessary funding, the United States will continue to develop and deploy effective missile defenses to protect the United States, our deployed forces, and our allies and partners"...

January 7, 2011 — Lawrence M. Krauss

Verizon CEO: Stay online, we'll just build a faster network

LAS VEGAS—It's easy to poke fun at people so absorbed in their smart phones, tablets and other mobile technology that they're oblivious to anything outside the virtual world (stop signs, theater etiquette, live sporting events, children etc.)...

January 6, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

In the wake of Wakefield: Risk-perception and vaccines

Last May British medical authorities stripped Dr. Andrew Wakefield of his license to practice medicine. In case the name isn’t familiar, Wakefield was the lead author of the 1998 paper published in The Lancet (and later retracted) that set off worldwide fear of vaccines...

January 6, 2011 — David Ropeik
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