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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I have first-hand experience of the devastation of depression, in myself and those close to me. Although I have been tempted to try antidepressants, I've never done so.
It was Harry’s fault, really. Before Harry, hemp had been a Mexico-America border problem. After Harry, hemp became marijuana and marijuana became illegal.
The brain is an amazing organ. It gives us conscious control over our actions and is the seat of our thoughts and experiences. There are millions of things in our environment that enter our world everyday, but only a few of them get past the steely discrimination of our perception...
Given the ubiquity of automated teller machines (ATMs) in most Western countries, it may be difficult to envision places in the world where people have never set foot in a bank nor touched an ATM...
The most important sign language study done with an ape was surely the first one back in the 1960s, with Washoe, for it established that chimpanzees can use American Sign Language (ASL)...
According to his two brothers, my uncle Glenn had always been a little odd. He was a quiet kid, and when he spoke—he talked at you, not to you. If he got excited, he might splay his fingers incongruously or his body would abruptly quiver...
Niccolò Machiavelli might well have titled his 16 th -century Dell'arte Della Guerra (" The Art of War ") as The Art of Lying , since verbal deception—mainly, how to get away with it—was so central to his political psychology...
The search for beauty has spurred great works of art and music, lengthy philosophical treatises and decades of dense cultural criticism. So, is beauty in the object?
Have you ever wondered what makes you right- or left-handed? Well, in humans and other mammals, the brain is divided down the middle, or `lateralized'.
“The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers” –Jean Piaget Looking back on my childhood, the times I remember most fondly were spent with my father, learning how to be a scientist...
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