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Should you drink coffee before or after a learning task?

Should you drink coffee before or after a learning task?

Popular wisdom holds that caffeine enhances learning, alertness and retention, leading millions to consume coffee or caffeinated drinks before a challenging learning task such as attending a business strategy meeting or a demanding scientific presentation...

January 14, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Why we need to stop comparing every Big Science project to the Manhattan Project

Why we need to stop comparing every Big Science project to the Manhattan Project

Alex Wellerstein who is a historian of nuclear science has some cogent thoughts that feed into what has long since been a pet peeve of mine: the tendency for politicians, the media and scientists themselves to compare every large-scale government science or technology enterprise to the famed Manhattan Project...

November 25, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Space: A New Hope or an Old Dream?

The release of a long-awaited National Academy of Sciences report on the state and future of the US space program has triggered wide-reaching commentary on what it means to be space-faring...

June 5, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

Tonight’s TV line-up has science enthusiasts quite excited. Of course I’m talking about Cosmos as presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, produced by Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) and written by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow and co-creator of the original series...

March 9, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
So You Want To Be An Exozookeeper?

So You Want To Be An Exozookeeper?

                  This week has seen the release of the latest set of ‘confirmed’ exoplanets from NASA’s Kepler mission.

February 27, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
How Black Holes Led to the Creation of Web Browsers

How Black Holes Led to the Creation of Web Browsers

Basic science research has an image problem. People object to spending public money on studies that could never affect them. Lawmakers routinely call out obscure-sounding math, physics and biology research as a waste of taxpayer funds...

February 25, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz

Clouds Threaten Rare Chance to See Star “Wink” Over New York

Gloomy weather over New York could drown out a rare opportunity to see a bright star disappear from the sky very early tomorrow morning during what's known as an "occultation." The star Regulus, one of the brightest points in the constellation Leo, should appear to "wink out" for about 14 seconds when the asteroid (163) [...]..

March 19, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz
Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

ByStijn van Ewijk In an ever changing world, technological innovation allows us to adapt, survive and thrive. Innovation can impact us adversely as well – the steam engine brought the industrial revolution and with it economic growth and prosperity as well as environmental pollution and inequality.In order to reap innovation’s full benefits, we should try [...]..

February 11, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
How wi-fi would look like

How wi-fi would look like

Image of the Week #104, August 13th, 2013: From: Physics Week in Review: August 10, 2013 by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics. Source: Nickolay Lamm Cocktail Party Physics is never a blog to shy away from stunning imagery...

August 13, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Watch the First Artificial Gravity Experiment

Gravity, as the old joke goes, sucks. It drags us down, pulls on our weary limbs, makes our feet tired, makes parts of us droop. But it’s also a critical factor for our long term well-being...

April 6, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
Strings, Geometry, and the Ultimate Reality: The Debate

Strings, Geometry, and the Ultimate Reality: The Debate

Can strings be the ultimate constituents of the universe–more fundamental than matter or energy, and even than space or time? If they’re not made of matter or energy, what are they, then?...

July 30, 2011 — Davide Castelvecchi
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis