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Too Hard for Science? Peter Watts—Fusing Brains

Could investigating conjoined twins shed light on the mysteries of consciousness? In “Too Hard for Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they might be completely [...]

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Too Hard For Science? Re-creating Earth’s dynamo

Is a miniature version of Earth’s magnetic field too big for scientists to handle? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they [...]

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Too Hard For Science? A Black Hole Life Preserver

Can one prolong survival near a black hole, even for an instant? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they might [...]

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Too Hard For Science? The Number of Memories Created in a Day

How does one remember thee? Can one count the ways? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they might be completely [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Does Evolutionary Logic Explain Wicked Stepparents?

Are the husbands of unfaithful women more likely to kill children they might unconsciously know aren’t theirs? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Detecting Earth-like Worlds around White Dwarfs

Dying stars could serve as havens for life In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they might be completely unethical, such [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Could Michael Jackson Have Created Twitter?

If you are one type of genius, could you have been another? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they might [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Are There Drugs That Kill Love?

Antidepressants might lift up one’s spirits, but might they break hearts? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or they might be [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Rerunning the Past

History could be reenacted, raising the question of whether we live in a simulation In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as galaxies, or [...]

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Too Hard For Science? Detecting Signals From Before the Big Bang

Neutrinos and gravitational waves could hold clues from a past era, but can we decipher them? In “Too Hard For Science?” I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as devices as big as [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Off-the-Shelf Organs

Instead of waiting around for organs to become available, have shelves of them instantly ready In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Experimenting on Children Like Lab Rats

Such work could solve the nature versus nurture debate, but is morally, ethically impossible   In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Neutrinos from the Big Bang

Cosmic neutrinos could yield key insights, but detection devices would need to be the size of a star or galaxy In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Regaining the Element of Surprise

How do you repeat experiments that require volunteers to not know what’s next? In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Seeing If 10,000 Hours Make You an Expert

Experiment Might Take Thousands of Volunteers and Decades of Effort In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, or they might [...]

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Too Hard for Science? Joan Slonczewski–Reshaping Ourselves for Our Changing World

Attempting to fix our planet might be easier than adapting to an uncertain future In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the [...]

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Too Hard for Science? The Genetic Foundations of Intelligence

  The scientist: Klaus Zuberbuhler, professor of psychology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, scientific director of the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda, co-director of the Taï Monkey Project in the Ivory Coast, and deputy director of the Living Links to Human Evolution Research Center at the Edinburgh Zoo. The idea: Scientists [...]

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Too Hard for Science? E. O. Wilson–A Vertical Map of Life on Earth

 In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, or they might be completely unethical, such as lethal experiments involving people. This [...]

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Too Hard for Science?–Journey to the Core of the Earth

A grapefruit-size probe could help solve mysteries right beneath our feet   In "Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, or [...]

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Too Hard for Science? An Early Warning System for Killer Asteroids

A week’s warning could save an untold number of lives In ""Too Hard for Science?" I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don’t think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as particle accelerators as big as the sun, or they might [...]

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