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My Neurons, My Self

10/21/16See Comments

With ever more refined techniques for measuring complex brain activity, scientists are challenging the understanding of thought, memory and emotion–what we have traditionally called “the...[Read More]


Science and Story: The Instinct for Curiosity

10/11/16See Comments

Award-winning writers take the stage to share their quirky, engrossing, and sometimes shocking insights about human anatomy and social psychology. Mary Roach, widely regarded as...[Read More]


It’s Alive, But Is It Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Creation

09/29/16See Comments

For decades, biologists have read and edited DNA, the code of life. Revolutionary developments are giving scientists the power to write it. Instead of tinkering...[Read More]


Shaking Up the Dark Universe: The Dark Horses of Dark Matter

09/22/16See Comments

Forget what you think you know about dark matter. After a 30-year search for a single, as yet unidentified, species of dark matter particle that...[Read More]

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09/07/16See Comments

The prestigious Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for major advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience—the big, the small and the complex. The 2016...[Read More]


Barry Barish: On The Shoulders Of Giants

08/25/16See Comments

Acknowledging the scientists who blazed intellectual trails before him, Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have seen a little further it was by standing on the...[Read More]


Splicing and Dicing DNA: Genome Engineering and the CRISPR Revolution

08/09/16See Comments

CRISPR: It’s the powerful gene editing technology transforming biomedical research. Fast, cheap and easy to use, it allows scientists to rewrite the DNA in just...[Read More]


Moral Math of Robots: Can Life and Death Decisions Be Coded?

07/26/16See Comments

A self-driving car has a split second to decide whether to turn into oncoming traffic or hit a child who has lost control of her...[Read More]


Mind Melds and Brain Beams: The Dawn of Brain-to-Brain Communication

07/08/16See Comments

Music students download the technique of their favorite pianist or singer directly into their brains. Medical students download the skills of a seasoned surgeon or...[Read More]


Gravitational Waves: A New Era of Astronomy Begins

06/23/16Comments off

On September 14th, 2015, a ripple in the fabric of space, created by the violent collision of two distant black holes over a billion years...[Read More]