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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
On Thursday, the Boston Museum of Science will premiere The Hidden Code at the Charles Hayden Planetarium, a multimedia piece by Paul Miller (aka D J Spooky). The piece combines music, stunning visual effects and live readings to bring science to the general public in ways that only a ...
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Few questions of our time are more perplexing than the transition from non-living to living matter.
How did a sample of inorganic chemicals self-organize to become a living creature, capable of absorbing energy from the environment and reproducing? Although the question remains open, there are a few things that we ...
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Last week, New York Times science writer George Johnson wrote a very disturbing piece concerning the apparent loss of credibility science is now facing with the public at large.
Creationism, the anti-vaccine movement, resistance to genetically modified crops, cellphone radio waves, fluoridation, the ongoing global climate change debate, the ...
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Scanning YouTube for popular science videos, I found a jewel — clocking over 10 million views — titled "Five Experiments That Could Have Destroyed The World."
The fact that we are here means these experiments did not succeed on this front. The message, however, is quite clear: We toy ...
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Growing up in Brazil, I always looked up to America and Europe as standards for how to keep cities clean.
Walking along in New York or Paris, I was struck by how the streets and walkways were garbage-free — at least compared to the streets of Rio and São Paulo. ...
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Nature is the ultimate puzzle player, as scientists at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) found out last week.
In the late 1950s, particle physics was in crisis. Being the branch of physics that studies the structure of matter, particle physicists search for the smallest bits of stuff ...
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
It is a remarkable fact that the brain, made of neurons and their connections to one another named synapses, is able to remember.
After all, if there is one thing we can say about our bodies and about nature, it's that change is everywhere. To remember is to go the ...
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
The age of genetic design is here.
It is now possible to edit genes of diverse organisms — almost like we edit a string of text — by cutting and pasting (splicing) genes at desired locations. A recent technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows ...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
It's hard to have missed the explosive launching of Jurassic World, the new dinosaurs vs. humans bout in Steven Spielberg's venerable series. (This time he is executive producer, while Colin Trevorrow directs.) The movie made history already by being the highest grossing film ever in its first weekend, taking ...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
When Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he's running for president, the soundtrack at the Trump Tower event was Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," which was played loudly and repeatedly. But afterward, Young said Trump had used the song without permission — and that he's a Bernie Sanders ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The phenomenally successful Hubble Space Telescope turned 25 last month.
To celebrate the occasion, the Hubble team released a spectacular photo of a "stellar nursery," a region of space where huge amounts of gas and dust churn dramatically under gravity's never-resting arms to create new stars and, with them, new ...
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
We have an African-American president and may soon have a female president. But would Americans ever elect an atheist or agnostic president?
Perhaps in a decade or so.
A new Pew Research Center survey, dramatically titled "America's Changing Religious Landscape," has painted a somewhat surprising picture of the decline ...
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
In the stylish new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Frankenstein's old theme re-emerges in a beautifully designed setting: Instead of the Gothic castle we have a spectacular estate in a vast mountainous wilderness, home of the recluse genius who wants to create the first true artificial intelligence.
As in Mary ...