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Freeman Dyson, global warming, ESP and the fun of being "bunkrapt"

Should a scientist who believes in extrasensory perception—the ability to read minds, intuit the future and so on—be taken seriously? This question comes to mind when I ponder the iconoclastic physicist Freeman Dyson, whom the journalist Kenneth Brower recently profiled in The Atlantic 's December issue...

January 7, 2011 — John Horgan

Announcing The Open Lab Finalists!

It’s here! After more than a month of reviewing, I am pleased to announce the list of posts that will be included in this year’s edition – the fifth – of The Open Laboratory!...

January 7, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

In the wake of Wakefield: Risk-perception and vaccines

Last May British medical authorities stripped Dr. Andrew Wakefield of his license to practice medicine. In case the name isn’t familiar, Wakefield was the lead author of the 1998 paper published in The Lancet (and later retracted) that set off worldwide fear of vaccines...

January 6, 2011 — David Ropeik

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If this doesn’t tug on the heartstrings, at least a little bit, you may not be quite human. As with yesterday’s post, I don’t know where this came from or who wrote it...

January 5, 2011 — Jason G. Goldman

Did big babies help bring human ancestors down from the trees?

Relative to our ape brethren, humans give birth to really big babies. This especially substantial infant size—along with newborns' large heads and general helplessness—helped to spur the development of more advanced social systems to help mother and child safe, researchers think...

January 3, 2011 — Katherine Harmon

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