A landmark meeting in 1987 promised that high-temperature superconductors would change the world. No one realized how long it would take
My dad worked for NASA, recruited John Glenn and knew Neil Armstrong
My father was one of those who worked feverishly behind the scenes 50 years ago to get astronauts safely to the moon and back
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Galaxies do not usually exist alone. They tend to bunch together in small groups, like the Local Group of galaxies in which the Milky Way sits, or larger groups called clusters.
Tenth grade, at the lockers just before homeroom. My good friend Julie and I put away our coats.“How are you?” she asks.“Ugh,” I say. “I have a soccer game today but” – and here my voice drops to a whisper – “I got my period this morning.”Julie looks back at me, wide-eyed...
In the prevailing more-is-better culture, patients often jump at or at least surrender to the latest and greatest medical test. New imaging technology is gaining crispness with each passing year, and advances in the past several years has enabled doctors to peer inside the body to detect tiny tumors or the beginning of a blocked artery—all without slicing the skin...
In the series "A Modest Proposal," my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real.
For one of Tuesday's Neuroblogging posts, Sci is going to go WAY out of her comfort zone and dip a toe into the world of computational modeling. Specifically, the modeling of how children learn number...
We’re in a sad and weird place in biomedical science. In the 1940’s we got penicillin, in the following 30 years another 13 different classes of antibiotic were introduced.
Watching the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march by the offices of Scientific American yesterday got me thinking about health conditions at Zuccotti Park.
Borders are all-important imaginary lines that affect our lives in myriad ways. They define in a very literal sense where we live, who we call neighbors, and how we are governed.
The South Street Seaport is home to boisterous bit of New York City history. It's one of my favorite parts of the City, and although it's changing rapidly as lower Manhattan undergoes a residential transformation, I'm thrilled that it still has secrets to reveal.The door to 206 Front Street was open last week when I wandered over to the Seaport...
Bacterial cells are fundamentally different to the cells of multicellular animals such as humans. They are far smaller, with less internal organisation and no nucleus (they have DNA but it is not packaged safely within a membrane)...
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