They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
Phil Anderson’s article “More Is Different” describes how different levels of complexity require new ways of thinking. And as the virus multiplies and spreads, that’s just what the human race desperately needs...
The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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Raising the Costa Concordia Shipwreck: How Do They Do It? [Graphic]
Today, September 16, the massive Costa Concordia cruise liner that crashed onto the Italian island of Giglio is finally being pulled off the jagged rocks that snared it.
Ella Gale: Building a Neuromorphic (Brain-Like) Computer
This is a part of a series of Q&As with mathematicians and computer scientists participating at the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum, September 22-27, 2013.
“The Scarecrow” – Lots of Heart, But It Could Use More Brain
Have you seen the Chipotle Grill animated video “The Scarecrow”? More than four million people have, since it was first published last week.
Drug-Resistant Superbugs Kill At Least 23,000 People in the U.S. Each Year
Each year, more than two million people in the United States develop antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 of them die as a result, says the first-ever national snapshot of the issue...
The Continuing Mystery of the Moon Illusion [Video]
The harvest moon is almost upon us—specifically, September 19. It’s the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, and it has deep significance in our cultural histories.
Excerpts from The Mad Scientist’s Handbook: The Human Recipe
If you wish to make a human being from scratch… Start with enough oxygen to fill a freight container. Then add an amount of hydrogen that fills 4,700 party balloons.
The seductive allure of neuroscience and the science of persuasion
On the heels of the decade of the brain and the development of neuroimaging, it is nearly impossible to open a science magazine or walk through a bookstore without encountering images of the human brain...
What Would It Be Like to Fall Into a Naked Singularity? [Guest Post]
Last year, novelist Sergio De La Pava compared the American criminal justice system to the strange physics concept of naked singularities. That inspired me to ask the author of Sci Am’s article on the concept, theoretical physicist Pankaj Joshi of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai (right in photo), for an update...
Culture of Resistance: Protesting Greece’s Politics With Yogurt
It’s official: Greek yogurt is all the rage. As Americans demand more Greek yogurt, Greeks demand more with yogurt–the economic crisis in Greece has led to a resurgence in yogurt protests...
Conversation with a Field Biologist in India
Physical courage is not a requirement for studying science, but field biology seems to call for exactly that. Swati Diwakar, 34, spent many a night in an evergreen forest in South India collecting data for her dissertation on crickets taking the occasional viper bite in her stride...
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