iOS app Android app More

Alaska Dispatch News

New evidence of prehistoric trade with Asia found at Bering Land Bridge site

Alaska Dispatch News | April 21, 2015 | Science
Four years ago, archaeologists announced they had found evidence on the Alaska side of the Bering Strait of trade with Asia that dated back about 1,000 years. The evidence was a bronze fastener, possibly a belt buckle, that was created in eastern Asia...
Christopher Reddy

The Significance of One Email: How Prepared Are We for the Next Major Oil Spill?

Christopher Reddy | April 20, 2015 | Science
With the fifth anniversary of the spill today, everyone is asking me: Are we more prepared for the next spill? Perhaps the best answer to that question arrived a few weeks ago in a single email.
Aaron Pomerantz

These Glow-In-The-Dark Critters Will Blow Your Mind

Aaron Pomerantz | April 20, 2015 | World
If you're familiar with the 2009 science fiction film, "Avatar," you may have enjoyed the beautifully lush extraterrestrial glowing rainforest. But the other worldly glowing rainforest that I experienced was far closer to home, in the Peruvian Amazon of Tambopata this past March.
Amy Morin

What Your Facebook Use Reveals About Your Personality

Amy Morin | April 20, 2015 | Technology
Although we may think we're masking our insecurities or portraying ourselves in the most favorable light, our behavior on social media reveals more than we might think.
Marianne Schnall

Interview With Futurist Jason Silva, Host of Brain Games

Marianne Schnall | April 20, 2015 | Entertainment
I discovered Jason Silva through my teenage daughters. They don't watch too much television, so when I would hear them getting excited each week to watch the new episode of a show called Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel, I became intrigued.
Roberta Klatzky

Getting Women Into Science-Filled Rooms

Roberta Klatzky | April 20, 2015 | Science
The pattern is systematic enough, however, to belie attribution to the vagaries of chance, even taking into account the fact that men considerably out-number women in senior positions in cognitive science.
Jonathan Freeman

Profiles in Courage: Sometimes It's the Last Place You Think

Jonathan Freeman | April 20, 2015 | Politics
Many years ago, when I was helping to staff the Department of Defense with senior political appointees, I was present when Bolden turned down a senior position in the administration. During the early days of the Obama Administration, this was just not done.
Stephen Balkam

'Ex Machina': The Consciousness Test

Stephen Balkam | April 19, 2015 | Technology
What exactly is consciousness and are humans the only ones who can possess it? This is a question that has vexed philosophers for millennia. It's a debate being taken up not just by philosophers and psychologists, but also AI researchers. Is consciousness another word for "soul"? And, if so, can a robot have one?
Suzan Mazur

Adrian Bejan: "Growth Is Not Evolution"

Suzan Mazur | April 20, 2015 | Science
Watching physicist Adrian Bejan as he demonstrates how snowflakes form tells you two things. One, he's not just a scientist. The confidence and balance he projects as he draws are a give-away to his training as an artist and as an athlete. And two, that there is a certain predictability to each snowflake.
Bobby Azarian

Will 'Smart Drugs' Soon Sweep the Nation?

Bobby Azarian | April 17, 2015 | Science
If you haven't heard of the term "biohacking", you may already be being outcompeted by those who have. A biohacker has generally been defined as someone who aims to gain control over their own biology.
David H. Bailey

Desperately Seeking ET: Fermi's Paradox Turns 65 (Part II)

David H. Bailey | April 17, 2015 | Science
In our Part I article, we mentioned how numerous scientists over the past 65 years, since Fermi first raised the question "Where is everybody?", have examined Fermi's paradox and have proposed solutions. There is still no easy answer.
World Science Festival

This Week in Science: Dark Matter Map, Zombie Worms, Popping Knuckles

World Science Festival | April 17, 2015 | Science
Humans evolved pointier chins than other animals as our faces got smaller--not as a way to cope with the strain of chewing, a new study claims.
Wray Herbert

Feeling the 'Rocky' in Relationships

Wray Herbert | April 17, 2015 | Science
In 2008, a massive earthquake shook the Chinese province of Sichuan. The immediate devastation was followed by a dramatic spike in the divorce rate, a phenomenon that captured international attention -- and sparked widespread speculation -- at the time. Did the deadly earthquake actually cause the jump in marital breakups?
Don Lincoln

Detailed Map of Dark Matter Announced

Don Lincoln | April 16, 2015 | Science
Using a very sophisticated camera containing 570 million pixels, scientists imaged distant galaxies, looking for tiny distortions in the galaxies' shapes. This distortion is caused by a phenomenon called gravitational lensing.
Nick Hutchinson

How to Educate the Next Generation of Googlers: Two Lessons From the White House Science Fair

Nick Hutchinson | April 16, 2015 | Impact
For a country famously lagging in math and science, how did we produce students like these -- and how can we produce more of them?
Vanessa Sulikowski

Why the World Needs More Geeks

Vanessa Sulikowski | April 17, 2015 | Impact
We live in the age of the tech-savvy user. They may know how to use their smart devices and the multitude of apps they contain, but do they fully understand the technology behind them? The answer in a lot of cases is no. As a result, many of us...
Phillip A. Sharp

Save Lives: Restore Cancer Research Funding Now

Phillip A. Sharp | April 14, 2015 | Impact
The current stream of progress against cancer can be turned into a tidal wave if we as a nation devote the right level of funding, intensity, and collaboration to the cause.
Don Lincoln

World's Supercollider Takes Big Step Forward

Don Lincoln | April 13, 2015 | Science
The Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, the world's most powerful particle accelerator, has taken another big step forward in its journey towards exploring new frontiers of knowledge.
Suzan Mazur

František Baluška: Evolutionary Science 'Stuck' on Wrong Track, Situation 'Out of Control'

Suzan Mazur | April 13, 2015 | Science
Plants arrive much later in evolutionary history than animals -- hundreds of millions of years later. And Baluška thinks they arose as a result of the symbiosis of fungi and algae. He argues, contrary to the standard view, that rooted plants are not "advanced algae."
Silvia Camporesi

Genome Editing: Time to Ask the Tough Questions

Silvia Camporesi | April 14, 2015 | Science
"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).
All posts from 04.21.2015 < 04.20.2015