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This Week In Science: A Working Tractor Beam, Shrinking Goats, And A Game of (Bee) Drones

10/23/14See Comments

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of this week’s most notable and quotable items: The previous 12 months represent the warmest such...[Read More]

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Recap: Science and Story: The History Of The Future

10/23/14See Comments

At the New-York Historical Society on Wednesday night, the audience learned an important lesson about technology: Pong is surprisingly difficult to play. But the real...[Read More]


Smart Reads: James Essinger’s ‘Ada’s Algorithm’

10/22/14See Comments

Ada Lovelace is said to be the world’s first computer programmer; even though she never laid a hand on a mouse or keyboard, she helped...[Read More]


Fall of the Machines: Remember Standalone Tech?

10/22/14See Comments

The smartphone leapt from cyberpunk fantasy to ubiquity so fast you might be forgiven for forgetting what it was like to not have a map...[Read More]

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Everything You Need To Know About Ebola

10/21/14See Comments

Ebola is a scary disease, but it gets even scarier thanks to misinformation. Here are some scientifically-supported answers to some of the burning questions you...[Read More]

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Cosmigraphics: How Do You Paint The Universe’s Portrait?

10/21/14See Comments

Humans have long strived to describe the universe they find themselves in, whether they believed it was carried on the back of a giant turtle,...[Read More]

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5 Great Scientists Who Never Won A Nobel Prize

10/20/14See Comments

The Nobel Prizes can be as controversial as they are prestigious. It’s very uncommon for a scientist to make a discovery entirely on his or...[Read More]


The Women Who Shaped The Computer Age

10/16/14See Comments

One key element of The Innovators, Walter Isaacson’s new book on technological history and culture—and the focus of an upcoming World Science Festival event—is the unsung contributions...[Read More]

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This Week In Science: Dirty Rats, Moon Volcanoes, and the Hottest September Ever

10/16/14See Comments

Seven days; lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of this week’s most notable and quotable items: Researchers determined that the giant, rabbit-faced...[Read More]


Smart Reads: Curt Stager’s ‘Your Atomic Self’

10/15/14See Comments

You are made of stardust—but how do the elements in that stardust become molded into such a specific shape? In his new book, Your Atomic...[Read More]