Outside of a hospital, bank, or trading floor, there are few places that are more "en-numbered" than today's gym.
"The eye in the octopus is a perfect entrée to the notion of a sophisticated suite of neural function and behaviors that in many ways seem to converge in nature and complexity on those of vertebrates."
We are the only species known to deny overwhelming evidence -- about the dangers of smoking -- in ways that actually put us in greater danger. The emotional nature of human risk perception can sometimes produce a literally self-destructive irrationality. Non-human animals don't make such mistakes.
The first solution is to take the carbon dioxide out of the stack gases of (mostly) coal-fired power plants, or if not there, then directly from the air. Both solutions are expensive and would add a cost to the price of electricity -- but both are, from a technological perspective, doable.
This is not Hawking's first announcement that he solved his own paradox: he had several previous announcements that, in the end, did not convince.
If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.
I just spent several hours down a rabbit hole. The topic was the "electric universe," an unconventional cosmological theory that emphasizes electromagnetism rather than gravity as the primary structuring force of the universe.
I decided to do a fun round-up of all the science experiments that have turned on some area of my life. I hope these studies and tips will help make you more awesome too!
Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.
In the fields of medical research and patient advocacy, modern-day "wonder women" are not hard to find. But the evils they face are not comic at all.
The problem, as with most astronomical phenomena, is the huge timescales in which things happen. We therefore rely on supercomputers to feed them data and get simulations which show us what happens in thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years.
By saying it's not a breakthrough, I'm not saying it's not important and potentially useful. I'm only objecting to the word "breakthrough," which has specific implications to the general public.
Scientists the world over are typically quick to embrace relationships with like-minded colleagues in other countries regardless of international politics, so it's worth taking a look at what the collaborative opportunities might be for US/Cuban research.
A few of my colleagues even argue that the fact that we haven't found any signs of intelligent civilizations in the Galaxy so far, may mean that we are the first one to reach intelligence.
So little attention is paid to HIV/AIDS nowadays, one might be forgiven for thinking it has been cured. But has it?
If you've ever felt the first twinge of a headache and immediately headed over to Google to look up your symptoms and find a potential treatment, you could be inadvertently contributing to a vision of the future. One where our regular GPs are replaced with automated diagnosis and robots.
These days we talk about human missions to Mars as if a new type of space race has begun, one clearly distanced from the original by a good 40 or more years, a race we believe we won, because we sent astronauts to the moon. What if the original race never ended?