A landmark meeting in 1987 promised that high-temperature superconductors would change the world. No one realized how long it would take
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The octopus is a solitary creature. Most known species of octopus avoid the company their own kind. And you might, too, if you knew your conspecific were capable of cannibalism.So in public aquariums, these animals are usually kept in separate tanks to keep them safe (and to avoid any unsightly encounters in front of visitors)...
Art and science address the question of what makes us who we are in different, difficult, often contradictory ways. Since the phrase "nature and nurture" was first used in the late 19th century, trying to separate the contributions of inborn heredity and external environment to our unique individuality, there have been people who argue for the supremacy of our genome, epigenome, connectome, our individual historical moment and social milieux, or all of the above...
A Clinical Trial and Suicide Leave Many Questions: Part 5: The Case of the Mysteriously Appearing Documents
This series uses the story of Dan Markingson’s participation in a clinical trial of anti-psychotics at the University of Minnesota, his ultimate suicide while participating on the study, and subsequent events as a case study in which to explore various aspects of clinical trial conduct...
John McDonald believes that technological innovation is a key piece of a strong future for the energy sector. This is an industry with a history of impressive engineering feats.
Mosquitos by the droves. Polluted coastal waters. Increased storm surge vulnerability. Loss of habitat for crabs, shellfish and vast numbers of beautiful bird species including sparrows and rails ...
Walter Brown, a professor of psychiatry at Brown and Tufts, first caught my attention in the mid-1990s when I was researching my December 1996 Scientific American article "Why Freud Isn't Dead," on lack of progress in psychiatry...
Image of the Week #83, March 12th, 2013: From: CDC's "Resistance Nightmare:" A View from the Trenches by Judy Stone at Molecules to Medicine ...
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A dead tri-colored bat ( Perimyotis subflavus ) found at Table Rock State Park in South Carolina has tested positive for Geomyces destructans , the deadly and mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats since it was first observed in February 2006...
When NASA launched the WISE satellite in 2009, astronomers hoped it would be able to spot loads of cool, dim objects known as brown dwarfs. Bigger than a planet, a brown dwarf is not quite a star, either—it is too small to sustain the nuclear fusion reactions that turn hydrogen to helium...
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