It did no such thing—but the result has become conventional wisdom nevertheless
New understandings in neurobiology are emerging from experiments on Drosophila, raising hopes the tiny insect will aid insights into human cognition and dementia
The idea that our universe is just part of a much vaster cosmos has a long history—and it’s still very much with us
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The microbial world is ever-present and unrelenting. The enormity of it is hard to fathom, with facts like ‘there are 10 bacterial cells living in or on you for every one cell that is you’ and ‘estimates suggest there are five million trillion trillion bacteria on this planet’, that’s hard to predict, it may be plus or minus a few...
The best way to meet increasing energy demand might not be to supply more. But, while efficiency improves security, hurdles abound.Last night, the latest edition of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Journal was released...
This afternoon, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to direct our cars, trucks and buses to a realm that doesn’t include gas stations. During a visit to Argonne National Laboratory, he will call for $2-billion energy security trust fund dedicated to research to boost automobile efficiency, enhance battery technology and expand the use of biofuels, among other clean-energy efforts...
Ed. Note: Elements of this article first appeared in our book, Sleights of Mind, and a press release about our research article published in PeerJ. Video: Teller--Stuck ball experimental condition"Cups and Balls," a magic illusion in which balls appear and disappear under the cover of cups, is one of the oldest magic tricks in history, with documented descriptions going back to Roman conjurors in 3 B.C...
Check out the new Video of the Week!- Kyle Hill - The Mechanics of the Pull-Up (And Why Women Can Absolutely Do Them) - Jon Lieff - Wired and Wireless Components of the Brain - Kelly Oakes - Alien planet’s atmosphere contains water and carbon monoxide - John R...
Video of the Week #83, March 14th, 2013: From: Best of the Blogs Video by Bora Zivkovic at A Blog Around The Clock . Source: Carin Bondar on the Scientific American YouTube Channel 'Best of the Blogs' is a monthly video series that highlights some of the most fascinating stories from the Scientific American blog network...
The Mandingo fight scene of Django Unchained really disturbed me. Two men were fighting for their lives. They were not competing over resources for survival, like food or shelter or access to mates or to protect their young...
Astronomers have found water vapour and carbon monoxide, but no methane, in the atmosphere of an alien planet orbiting a star 129 light years away.The star, known as HR 8799, is at the centre of the first planetary system beyond our solar system to be imaged directly, in 2008...
A variety of pies celebrating the number pi. Source: flickr/djwtwo. On the one hand, I like Pi Day because I get to eat pizza and/or pie, and I like things that get people excited about math, but on the other hand, I'm an adult, and I get to eat pizza and/or pie whenever I want, Pi Day or no...
Happy Pi Day! In honor of the occasion, Jen-Luc Piquant has dug up an archival post on a lesser-known historical figure you devised an ingenious method of calculating Pi...
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