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On Saturday, March 8, I arrived in Pamplona, Spain, a familiar destination for many in the information graphics community. Pamplona isn't the easiest destination in Spain to reach--from anywhere, really...
What is nothing? Sounds like a simple question— nothing is simply the absence of something, of course —until you begin to think about it. The other night the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 14 th annual Asimov Memorial Debate, which featured five leading thinkers opining (and sparring, sometimes testily, but more on that later) about the nature of nothing.“Nothing is the most important part of the universe,” said Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Arizona State University and author of the recent “A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing.” Of course we can imagine the (mostly) empty space between galaxies as being a sort of nothing...
It's Friday and I'm about to go away on fieldwork for a while, so let's have some fun (even though substantial media interest in the new Isle of Wight azhdarchoid pterosaur Vectidraco continues unabated)...
Begin at the beginning by Kathleen Raven: Where do you begin the story of genetically modified food? At a modern beginning, with Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel, arguably the father of genetics as we know it today?...
IntroductionThinking diagrammatically as a way of conceptualizing our world has been in existence from the moment the first cave-person picked up a soft ‘rock’ and started making markings on the walls of his/her dwelling...
(Ed. note: This post previously appeared on our Sleights of Mind Blog) Change blindness, our failure to detect changes in a scene that should have been (but weren't) obvious, is a common occurrence not only on the magic stage, but it in real life, too.The San Francisco Exploratorium has now produced a spectacular demonstration of cumulative change blindness...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - Dog Spies, Girl Scouts, Pet Trade, Moral Paradox, Tiniest Microbe, Human-Teeth Fish, Mimic Octopus, and more.
- Stephanie Swift - Making Pretty, Meaty, Friendly Animals - Julie Hecht - Spying on Dogs: Intrigue, drama and science - Jennifer Ouellette - Walking the Planck: Our Lopsided Universe - Bonnie Swoger - On Girl Scouts, glaciers, and great women - Becky Crew - The sheepshead fish has human teeth, but it’s okay because it won’t give you a psychedelic crisis - Jennifer Frazer - What The World’s Tiniest Free-Living Microbe Is Doing In You - Katherine Harmon - Mimic Octopus Makes Home on Great Barrier Reef - John R...
A very exciting day at the network today, as we welcome a new blogger - Julie Hecht, an expert in dog cognition and behavior, which is mostly (some other animals may occasionally show up) what her new blog Dog Spies is going to be about...
Anyone who’s tried to move through fine sand—whether running along the beach or driving through the desert—knows the difficulty that a loose, granular track presents to locomotion.
Laboratories that sequence an individual’s entire genome should limit the results they report to clinicians and their patients based on certain usability criteria, according to the first set of guidelines on the subject from the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)...
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