His brief sojourn in Prague saw him working on early versions of general relativity and engaging with writers, philosophers and politicians
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I started photographing insects about 10 years ago. Here's a shot from the beginning:And a congener, from this week:Aside from the obvious improvements to technology, what has changed?
There are just a few weeks left to nominate posts for the inaugural Science Seeker Awards.In case you don't remember how to nominate a post, it's really simple: just find that post’s entry on Science Seeker (hint: use the filters and search box on the right sidebar), and click the little trophy icon...
Brain pictures aren’t very helpful after all, Big Pharma’s trying to give the impression that it’s becoming more transparent, scientists’ crazy thoughts, possibility of life elsewhere in the universe, Paris syndrome...
Mesocarnivore trapping has kept me extremely busy for the last couple of weeks, but the results have been encouraging. So far I’ve had very heartening trap success rates (especially considering that I’m sampling carnivores, which usually yield notoriously low sample sizes).The cast of characters so far includes white-tailed mongoose ( Ichneumia albicauda ), slender mongoose ( Galerella sanguinea ), black-backed jackals ( Canis mesomelas ), and both common and blotched genets ( Genetta genetta and G...
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...
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