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How Do You Draw Dark Matter?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

An artist and an astrophysicist put their heads together to imagine how dark matter — the invisible stuff holding the universe together — would look if we could see it.

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What if Mondrian Were a Programmer?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A computer programmer tries to replicate the styles of great painters like Cassatt, Mondrian, and Magritte using code.

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Backup Singers Bring the Hits

Thursday, March 12, 2015

There’s no predicting how well a particular song will do on the pop charts. But researchers have found that one characteristic unites a strong majority of hits: backup singers.

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Want to Be Creative? Try Getting Bored

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We’ve banished boredom with our phones. Recent research suggests that we might be banishing our creativity along with it.

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How Hubble Brought Color to the Universe

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Stunning images of nebulae and galaxies from the Hubble Space Telescope have conditioned the way we think space should look.

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4,000 Years of Picturing the Stars

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A new book surveys the history of humanity’s attempts to depict the universe, with results both beautiful and surprisingly accurate.

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It’s a Giant Dirt Igloo – Want to Buy It?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An architect designing a lunar colony for NASA discovered that the dome-shaped buildings could work as inexpensive housing here on Earth.

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Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

May we suggest a holiday activity for the family? Sleep... without screens.

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Two Artists Let the Animals Speak for Themselves

Thursday, December 11, 2014

People have always told stories about animals acting like humans. Two artists ask: what if we told stories that were true to animals’ lives?

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Billboard Top Five, But for Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marine biologists have found evidence of the biggest cultural transformation in nature: whale songs that spread across the Pacific Ocean in a matter of months.

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Marianne Moore’s Odes to Animals

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marianne Moore loved learning about animals, and she crammed more scientific detail into her poems than anyone before.

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Do Animals Have Culture?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Some interesting research in current biology shows that animals have culture. But how much can we say about their taste without projecting our own onto them?

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Decoding Nature’s Most Elaborate Mating Dances

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Yale ornithologist argues that our definition or art is way too narrow. It’s not just a human activity — lots of plants and animals have aesthetic experiences, too.

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How Pop Music Helped Save the Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The scientist who discovered whale song knew it was something special. When he won over singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the result jump-started an environmentalist movement.

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Alan Turing, Digital Pioneer

Friday, November 21, 2014

Alan Turing’s pioneering vision for computers continues to shape our daily lives, decades after his death.

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Alan Turing, Man and Myth

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the British code breaker and mathematician. But Turing, the original computer genius, remains enigmatic.

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Have We Finally Conquered the Uncanny Valley?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Animating a realistic human being has been the holy grail of CGI. Australian animator Chris Jones may have cracked the code with "Ed."
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Seeing Math: A New Language for Geometry

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Long before Mondrian, an unknown Englishman created graphic rhythms out of lines and blocks of blue, red, and yellow. Not on a canvas, but in a textbook for geometry.
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NanoArt: Teeny Tiny Landscapes

Monday, September 29, 2014

With the help of an electron microscope, some scientists have gone past observing the atomic landscape to shaping it, creating tiny sculptures and other works known as NanoArt.
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Reconstructing Viruses

Friday, September 12, 2014

Why do scientists want to recreate viral monsters like the 1918 Spanish flu? And if they do, should they be allowed to publish the instructions?

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