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Teen Builds Gateway to the Brain for Girls

Teen Builds Gateway to the Brain for Girls

The Synapse Project “encourages young women to enter the field of neuroscience through information and mentorship,” according to its website.

November 6, 2013 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

Five questions that (should) keep chemists awake at night

It is often said that chemistry lacks “big questions” like physics and biology. But this is not entirely true. The origin of life is a quintessentially chemical problem, and it’s as big as fundamental questions can get...

November 5, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

In the Star Trek universe, handheld medical tricorders became standard issue for Starfleet vessels as early as the mid-22nd century. Here in a little place we like to call “reality,” a competition seeks to help deliver such all-in-one health analyzers at least 100 years ahead of schedule...

November 4, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
Are physicists individualists or collectivists?

Are physicists individualists or collectivists?

Ricardo Heras has a well-written and thought provoking essay in Physics Today in which he asks whether physicists should be individualists or collectivists.

November 1, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Khalil’s Picks (1 November 2013)

Khalil’s Picks (1 November 2013)

Candy! Candy corn? What exactly is candy corn?! This week’s picks points you to the answer as well as to some super science writing filled with dolphins, octopuses, zombies, rhinos, corals and, umm, engineers!...

November 1, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally
Photo Friday: Using waste instead of chopping firewood

Photo Friday: Using waste instead of chopping firewood

The Meru GK Prison is a government institution in Kenya’s eastern province in Meru County.  Spanning a 15 hectare area, this prison houses more than 1200 inmates and employs approximately 300 staff...

November 1, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott
Dolphins in Captivity: A Good Idea?

Dolphins in Captivity: A Good Idea?

In episode 3 of the ‘Adventures in Biology’ series, Dr. Carin Bondar travels to the Moorea Dolphin Center located at the Intercontinental Moorea Resort and Spa (French Polynesia).

October 30, 2013 — Carin Bondar
Space: The Private Frontier

Space: The Private Frontier

Following up on the SpaceX launch videos I posted yesterday, I wanted to repost this video I made a couple years ago for Time.com. In 2010, I visited the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, CA...

October 30, 2013 — Brian Malow
To Jupiter

To Jupiter

On October 9th, 2013, NASA’s Juno mission completed an Earth ‘flyby’ to gain a little extra velocity (a gravitational slingshot maneuver that steals a tiny bit of Earth’s momentum) to get it to Jupiter in 2016...

October 30, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Amazing SpaceX Rocket Launch Video

SpaceX – of course – is already one of my favorite companies on the planet, or even throughout Known Space. They’re not-so-quietly revolutionizing the terran space industry with the humble goal of ultimately “enabling people to live on other planets.” Hey, I’m a person!...

October 29, 2013 — Brian Malow
HealthCare.gov’s Failure to Launch

HealthCare.gov’s Failure to Launch

For a president who sailed into office on a digital-heavy campaign that helped engineer his victory, the crippling glitches plaguing the October 1 HealthCare.gov rollout were a rare mar on the administration's tech-savvy record...

October 29, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron
What Is the Uncanny Valley? [Video]

What Is the Uncanny Valley? [Video]

Lifelike robots and animations can elicit a response that’s somewhere between uncomfortable and creeped out. Scientific American editor Larry Greenemeier explains why in our latest Instant Egghead video: More to explore: What Should a Robot Look Like?...

October 28, 2013 — Joss Fong
Krugman’s Theory of Interstellar Trade

Krugman’s Theory of Interstellar Trade

Everyone needs a little light relief sometimes, including the Nobel winning economist and writer/blogger extraordinaire Paul Krugman. A few months back he reminded the world of a short paper he’d written some years ago on the rather unexpected topic of interstellar finance...

October 28, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
Are We Too Close to Making Gattaca a Reality?

Are We Too Close to Making Gattaca a Reality?

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, Marie and Antonio Freeman step into a doctor’s office to design their next child. “Your extracted eggs, Marie, have been fertilized with Antonio’s sperm,” the doctor says...

October 28, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
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