A landmark meeting in 1987 promised that high-temperature superconductors would change the world. No one realized how long it would take
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#SciAmBlogs Friday - power of music, biology of homosexuality, medicine in media, Temple Grandin's brain, Flexagon, mail-in vote, and more.
- R. Douglas Fields - The Power of Music: Mind Control by Rhythmic Sound - Marcia Malory - Is Homosexuality a Choice? - Judy Stone - Medicine in the Media: Debunking journal reports and news at #NIHMiM12 - Gary Stix - A Little Hard Science from the Big Easy: Temple Grandin’s Brain and Transgenic Sniffer Mice - Janet D...
Prospecting for Quasicrystals by Nadia Drake: The rock came in a box labeled “khatyrkite.” It didn’t look like much, just a chunk less than a centimeter long with a whitish rind and studded with several dark metals...
New Orleans, October 16, 2012 - You walk into a bar and music is thumping. All heads are bobbing and feet tapping in synchrony. Somehow the rhythmic sound grabs control of the brains of everyone in the room forcing them to operate simultaneously and perform the same behaviors in synchrony...
A few random personal picks from the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting in New Orleans, which ended Oct. 17:Inside Temple Grandin's HeadOliver Sacks, HBO and others have chronicled the life of autistic savant Temple Grandin...
Sci is finally BACK from the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans! It was a fantastic time and there was SO much science! But it's nice to be home and back on the internet where I belong...
Ask this question, and you will probably receive one of two responses: Yes. People choose to be gay. They are making an immoral choice, which government should discourage.
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - countertransference, rhino poaching, dangerous optimism, cancer angst, UV sterilization, T.rex proteins, and more.
We have a new Video of the Week today!- Hilda Bastian - #NIHMiM12 – The spreading shadow of cancer angst: 3 things you need to know to meet it rationally - Kyle Hill - Dangerous Optimism: Risk, Bias and Smoking - Ilana Yurkiewicz - When a patient encounter hits too close to home - Dana Hunter - The Cataclysm: “One of the Most Dramatic Mass-Movement Events of Historic Time” - John R...
I recently saw an image that perfectly encapsulates many of my current interests, including odor and flavor mapping, the senses in scientific analysis, medieval ideas about health and disease, body fluids, and metabolic profiling...
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote, "The beginning of awe is wonder, and the beginning of wisdom is awe." That he was speaking ultimately about god doesn't matter; I'm aware of no better articulation of the scientific process...
The November/December Scientific American Mind, which debuted online today, examines the origins of genius, a concept that inspires both awe and confusion.
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