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The Genes Behind Your Face

02/25/15See Comments

The features of your face, just like the color of your eyes, are rooted in your genes—but we still know very little about what portion...[Read More]

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Move Over, Drones. Balloons Are Going Higher, Taking Citizen Science to New Heights

02/25/15See Comments

From landings on the White House lawn and night flights over Paris to the Super Bowl’s 30-mile, no-drone zone to scientific data-collecting, drones have been...[Read More]

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Smart Reads: Catherine Price’s ‘Vitamania’

02/24/15See Comments

Americans love vitamins—we spent about $13.1 billion on vitamin-containing supplements in 2012 alone—but do we really know where they come from? To get the lowdown on...[Read More]

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Best Scientist Performances on Film: Here’s Who You Voted for

02/22/15See Comments

Cinematic scientists can both entertain and inspire. Maybe it’s seeing Alan Grant in Jurassic Park that sparks a kid’s interest in dinosaurs, prompting a visit to the library...[Read More]

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Smart Reads: ‘The Man Who Touched His Own Heart’

02/20/15See Comments

The heart is so biologically central to our bodies, and so superficially simple—just a blood pump!—that you might be forgiven for thinking that surely scientists...[Read More]

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This Week in Science: Martian Mystery, Rock-Hard Snail Teeth, and the Big Apple Underwater

02/20/15See Comments

Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of some of the week’s most notable and quotable items: Scientists think a mysterious plume...[Read More]

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What Are Black Holes?

02/20/15See Comments

Chances are, you’ve heard of black holes, but do you know what they actually are? To find out what they’re about, how strong their gravitational pull...[Read More]

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Photo of the Day: Sedimental Journey

02/20/15See Comments

The Crete Senesi area in Italy’s Tuscany region gets its name from the clay (“crete”) formations featured in its landscape. These distinctive rocks, which are called mattaione and...[Read More]

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Oliver Sacks Looks Ahead to the End

02/19/15See Comments

Over the years the World Science Festival has had the great privilege and pleasure of hosting New York University neurologist Oliver Sacks on its stages. In 2012 Sacks...[Read More]

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How Far Are We From Teleportation?

02/18/15See Comments

If the idea of teleportation conjures up visuals from Star Trek, you should put those fictional teleports aside. Quantum teleportation, if it’s real, is more about...[Read More]