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Summer of the Mosquito

I remember last summer as the summer of the mosquito. I wasn't prepared. Those buzzing, itching, carbon dioxide-seeking missiles chased my family out of the backyard.

May 16, 2013 — Robynne Boyd

Quantum Mechanical Words and Mathematical Organisms

Are thoughts more fundamental to our reality than particles? “Well, how can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?” Dorothy asked the scarecrow. And after a moment’s glance toward the sky, he replied honestly, “I don’t know.”Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, an influential mathematician and philosopher, whose work spanned the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, argued methodically that the building blocks of reality are actually dimensionless units that have more the character of a mathematical point than an elementary particle...

May 16, 2013 — Joselle Kehoe

Why Do Sequences Think They Are So Special?

Today’s programming on Culturing Science is brought to you by Dennis Waters. He currently serves as the historian of Lawrence Township, New Jersey when he’s not squatting near a tree trunk or gravestone collecting lichens...

May 16, 2013 — Hannah Waters

These skulls are for talking about

Bored? Looking for things to do? No, me neither. But have some fun and look at these skulls -- then identify them (taking care to note your identifications in the comments below).

May 16, 2013 — Darren Naish

Illusion of the Week: The Best Illusion of the Year

On Monday May 13 th , the Neural Correlate Society hosted the 9 th annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest in Naples, Florida. Out of the ten finalist competitors, the Best Illusion of the Year title went to “Rotation Generated by Translation”, an illusion developed by a team of mathematicians and illusion creators from Meiji University in Japan...

May 15, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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