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Left-sided Cancer: Blame your bed and TV?

Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right. This left-side bias holds true for both men and women and it also applies to the skin cancer melanoma...

July 2, 2010 — R. Douglas Fields

The Evolution of the Physicist's Picture of Nature

Editor's Note: We are republishing this article by Paul Dirac from the May 1963 issue of Scientific American , as it might be of interest to listeners to the June 24, 2010, and June 25, 2010 Science Talk podcasts, featuring award-winning writer and physicist Graham Farmelo discussing The Strangest Man , his biography of the Nobel Prize-winning British theoretical physicist...

June 25, 2010 — Paul Dirac

A genome story: 10th anniversary commentary by Francis Collins

For those of you who like stories with simple plots and tidy endings, I must confess the tale of the Human Genome Project isn't one of those. The story didn't reach its conclusion when we unveiled the first draft of the human genetic blueprint at the White House on June 26, 2000...

June 25, 2010 — Francis Collins

The Dothraki response to a call for science in a created language

This is a response to an open letter from Joshua Hartshorne entitled “Fantasy TV in the service of science,” posted as a guest blog by Scientific American about Dothraki, a language created by the Language Creation Society for the HBO adaptation of George R...

June 3, 2010 — Sai Emrys and David J. Peterson

Fantasy TV in the service of science: An open letter to HBO about "Dothraki"

Editor's note: Joshua Hartshorne is a graduate student at Harvard University's Psychology Department interested in human behavior and language. He wrote the open letter below because HBO is currently creating a new fantasy language, called "Dothraki," for an upcoming television adaptation of George R...

April 26, 2010 — Joshua Hartshorne

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