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Besides Higgs, Who Might Get the Physics Nobel?

Besides Higgs, Who Might Get the Physics Nobel?

Tomorrow’s Nobel Prize in physics is widely anticipated to go to Peter Higgs, perhaps along with Francois Englert, for their nearly 50-year-old prediction of a new particle that we now call the Higgs boson...

October 7, 2013 — Michael Moyer
Researchers Win Nobel for Cell Transport System

Researchers Win Nobel for Cell Transport System

This year’s Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology was—true to the often-overlooked second half of its name—awarded for discoveries in basic physiology.

October 7, 2013 — Christine Gorman
Why It Is Impossible to Pinpoint the 1,000th Exoplanet

Why It Is Impossible to Pinpoint the 1,000th Exoplanet

The list of known exoplanets is growing so long, so fast, that it is becoming difficult to properly appreciate the new discoveries. For those of us who grew up when our solar system accounted for the only nine worlds known in the entire universe, how are we to grasp the fact that astronomers now discover [...]..

October 3, 2013 — John Matson
The New Climate Data: So What?

The New Climate Data: So What?

After much anticipation, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Friday revealed it’s new assessment of climate change, after two years of deliberation.

October 2, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Math-Based Adventures Animate Innovative African TV Show

Math-Based Adventures Animate Innovative African TV Show

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA–Watch out Dora, this winter Tanzania expects to launch its own educational cartoon television show. Purported to be the first animated series to teach math in East Africa and the first cartoon for kids in the country, its aim is to boost children’s math skills...

October 1, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron
Will We Accept Eye-Tracking Gadgets?

Will We Accept Eye-Tracking Gadgets?

It seems like biometric-enabled gadgets should be a hard sell in the post-Snowden marketplace. When Apple announced the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, Twitter lit up with a blaze of NSA jokes...

September 30, 2013 — Seth Fletcher
Spot the Differences in the New IPCC Report

Spot the Differences in the New IPCC Report

Changes have been made. No, I’m not talking about the difference between the 2007 climate change report from the Intergovernmental on Climate Change versus this latest iteration.

September 27, 2013 — David Biello

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