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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Here are my Research Blogging Editor's Selections for this week: Did language emerge from the neural systems supporting aimed throwing? The argument, explained by Andrew Wilson, is more reasonable than you might expect...
Sci is hosting this month's Diversity in Science Carnival over at Neurotic Physiology, where we will be covering IMPOSTER SYNDROME, the nasty, insidious idea that you're not qualified enough for the job you already have...
DNA is special. Unlike other body parts, it holds information. Even discarding a blood spot or saliva sample doesn’t necessarily prevent the telltale DNA sequences from living on in a database.We guard our DNA data in a way that we don’t other test results, such as cholesterol levels...
I originally published this post on May 19, 2007. As we mentioned just the other day (May 2007), studying animal behavior is tough as "animals do whatever they darned please"...
#SciAmBlogs Monday - Craigs List Avenue, Religion and Medical Care, Words With Rocks, Bad doctors, Futuristic Foods and more.
Most important news of the day - we have a new blog! Check out Rosetta Stones!Second, as it is Monday, we have a new Image of the Week.I think these four posts had something to do with yesterday's date - you decide:- Darren Naish - Amphisbaenians and the origins of mammals - Ferris Jabr - Neuroscientists: We Don’t Really Know What We Are Talking About, Either - David Bressan - Strange Skull rewrites History of Man - Janet D...
Image of the Week #36, April 2nd, 2012:
From: How Do Artists Protect Their Work Online? by Glendon Mellow at Symbiartic .
I met Christof Koch in 1994 at the first of series of big conferences on consciousness held in Tucson, Ariz. A professor at Caltech, Koch had helped popularize consciousness as a topic for serious scientific investigation—instead of windy philosophical supposition—through his collaboration with the great Francis Crick, who had already cracked the genetic code and now wanted to solve the riddle of mind as well...
It is now expected by the science blogosphere that I post the full updated listing of all the submissions every Monday morning. This serves as a reminder for bloggers to submit their (and other people’s) posts, and to some extent prevents duplicate entries...
According to the headlines? Yes. And according to this study? Well...it depends on whether you worked hard in the first place.Cocker et al. "Sensitivity to Cognitive Effort Mediates Psychostimulant Effects on a Novel Rodent Cost/Benefit Decision-Making Task" Neuropsychopharmacology, 2012.(Source)One of the interesting things about this paper is that it highlights to me how different the perspectives on a specific data set can be when you're coming from two different fields...
A week ago, The New York Times magazine ran an article on what psychologists call “posttraumatic growth.” An experience that can purportedly occur subsequent to severe life trauma, it might be best titled “The Oprah Moment” for non-clinicians...
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