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From Andromeda With Love

Here comes another galaxy... (Credit: NASA, ESA, Z. Levay and R. van der Marel (STScI), T. Hallas, and A. Mellinger) Some recent research on the long-term future of the Milky Way prompted me to dig out and re-polish this post from the Life, Unbounded archives of 2010...

June 1, 2012 — Caleb A. Scharf

Why B. F. Skinner, Like Freud, Still Isn't Dead

Behaviorism is back! That's what David Freedman proclaims in the June Atlantic cover story, "The End of Temptation: How the creepy science of behavior modification is reshaping our desires." The article is, on one level, a hyperbolic report on apps that are "transforming us into thinner, richer, all around-better versions of ourselves" by helping people (including Freedman's brother) overcome overeating, smoking and other bad habits...

June 1, 2012 — John Horgan

Bora s Picks (June 1st, 2012)

Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding by Kelly Slivka : Crowdfunding, or appealing to the online community for funds for personal projects, seems to be thriving.

STAFFJune 1, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

Men's Offices Harbor More Bacteria Than Women's

What is the dirtiest thing on your desk? If you work in a typical office, it's not actually your computer mouse or your keyboard or even your desk. According to a new study, published online May 30 in PLoS ONE , it's your phone—but your chair's not far behind.Before you drop that receiver or leap out of your seat, hold that thought for just a second...

May 30, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

Exoplanet Hunters Get a Technology Boost in Search for Earth-like Planets

The European Southern Observatory already has one of the world’s best planet-hunting tools in the HARPS spectrograph. Installed at the 3.6-meter La Silla telescope in Chile, HARPS is an instrument that can detect the extremely subtle wobbles in a star’s motion that may be induced by the gravitational pull of an orbiting planet.But the wobble, or radial-velocity, method most readily turns up large exoplanets, some of them many times more massive than Jupiter, that orbit quite close to their host star...

May 30, 2012 — John Matson

A Visual Guide to the Social Acceptability of Various Human-Machine Interfaces

Acceptable:Frowned upon:Only if you're a billionaire, and even then probably not a good idea:Please, no: The MH2 Wearable Humanoid Robot, developed by scientists at Japan's Yamagata University, "lives on your shoulder and can be remotely inhabited by your friends from anywhere in the world," according to Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum 's Automaton blog...

May 30, 2012 — Michael Moyer

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