The most common mistake I see young graduate students make when courting a prospective research group is undervaluing social chemistry.
Why does science work? Why is math so unreasonably effective at describing the physical world? For that matter, how can simple equations predict the behavior of really complicated things?
Just as cars can differ dramatically in everything from handling, to torque, to acceleration, to fuel efficiency, so too do our bodies differ in all the nuances of metabolism. Some of us are natively predisposed to be faster, or stronger, or slower, or weaker.
Yes, biologists and physicists speak different languages and ask different questions, but when they learn from each other, some really amazing science comes out of it.
Just as we set out of the Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center 583C Building on July 27 on our way to Los Angeles for a tour visit of SpaceX, thr...
Major breakthroughs in the sciences can come from ideas that at first seem bizarre... even impossible. But the universe has also proved to be stranger than we ever imagined.
As a physicist and a fan-boy, I visibly cringe when the token scientist is (1) a crazy egomaniac, (2) a socially awkward nerd, or (3) carrying around flasks while wearing a white lab coat. Sure, some folks line up with these stereotypes, but reality is far more interesting...
Just as nature utilizes storms to collect disparate energies and ecologically regenerate, so also the artist synthesizes the complexities of human experience in the encounter with wholeness known as Art.
It's Nobel Prize season! The three big science categories -- physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry--were just announced on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Of the eight science winners, how many are women? Zero!
In 1930, the British satirical magazine Punch published a cartoon of a boy, lying on his stomach on the floor, reading a book on relativity. When asked where his sister is, he replies, "Somewhere in the absolute elsewhere." That boy was the seven-year-old Freeman Dyson.
We don't need any introduction to recognize the famous physics equations such as F=ma or E=mc^2. However, the Schrödinger wave equation, though more central to the modern physics than these equations, is less popular and definitely more abstract.
Remember how irrational numbers petrified the bejesus out of the Pythagoreans? Or the interminable time it took mankind to introduce a zero into arithmetic? Recall the centuries of debate that occurred over whether negative numbers are valid or not?
I was always taught that if you don't know how something works, you shouldn't mess with it. The Earth's climate represents a wonderfully complex dynamical system that we do not fully understand.
Faith is foolish because it leads people to irrational decisions that pose great dangers to the survival of humanity, such as opposing birth control and thinking that global warming is no problem because God would never let it harm us.
Events of August 4, 2013 As our car turned off the highway and past the entrance sign that read "BNL: Brookhaven National Laboratory", everything see...
Events of July 21, 2013 "There it is!" I cried, over the sound of Kelly Clarkson's singing on the radio, pointing out my window at the white sign gle...