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Awakening the Mind: A Celebration of the Life and Work of Oliver Sacks

01/10/17See Comments

Awakening the Mind is a tribute to the remarkable life and work of Dr. Oliver Sacks. A physician, best-selling author, professor of neurology at the...[Read More]

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Salon: Coming to Grips With Gravity

01/09/17See Comments

The mysteries of dark matter and dark energy may be evidence that we don’t fully understand the force of gravity. But when it comes to...[Read More]

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Salon: Life in Our Image – The Ethics of Altering the Human Genome

12/19/16See Comments

Powerful new genetic tools allow scientists to alter the DNA of any organism—with tests on human embryos already underway. Even more ambitious, synthetic biologists on...[Read More]

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To Unweave a Rainbow: Science and the Essence of Being Human

11/28/16See Comments

As long ago as the early 19th century, the poet Keats bemoaned the washing away of the world’s beauty and mystery in the wake of...[Read More]

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Flame Challenge: What is Sound?

11/17/16See Comments

Alan Alda has issued this year’s challenge to the world’s top scientists: What is sound? In an action-packed hour of interactive demonstrations, Alan and a...[Read More]

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Epic Stories of Genius: Science on Stage and Screen

11/17/16See Comments

Marie Curie. Albert Einstein. Richard Feynman. Srinivasa Ramanujan. John Nash. Alan Turing. Rosalind Franklin. James Watson. Great minds that have blazed the trails of understanding...[Read More]

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Beyond Beauty: The Predictive Power of Symmetry

10/28/16See Comments

From a bee’s hexagonal honeycomb to the elliptical paths of planets, symmetry has long been recognized as a vital quality of nature. Einstein saw symmetry...[Read More]

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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]

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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]

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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]