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Readers Respond: When Did You Get Hooked on Science?


Scientific inquiry has yielded novel cures for diseases, revealed distant planets and unearthed ancient civilizations.

How We’d Really Deal With the Pandemic in ‘The Last Ship’


A United States Navy Destroyer is sent to the Arctic and ordered to radio silence for four months. During that time, a mysterious virus – 100 percent fatal and 100 percent contagious – spreads from isolated pockets in Africa and Asia into a pandemic.

In Tanzania, ‘Living Walls’ Take Root to Protect Threatened Lions

Elvis Kisimir is a moon-faced and soft-spoken 31-year-old Maasai with a fondness for lions. That makes him the odd man out in the East African tribe of pastoralists whose conflict with the big cats is legendary.

The Tale of a Vintage Spacecraft That’ll Never Make it Home


ISEE-3 before its 1978 launch. Credit: NASA Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Find and reanimate an ailing spacecraft, prevent it from hurtling into deep space, and guide it back to stable orbit near Earth.

Jeans Designed by Lions and Tigers Are a Win-Win for Zoos


Fashionably mauled denim. Courtesy Zoo Jeans This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Your Friends’ Faces Could Be Your Future Password


An example of how Facelock could be implemented in practice. Credit Rob Jenkins This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Do Screens Make Us Stupider? Time for a Rethink of Reading


At the university where I teach, fewer and fewer new books are available from the library in their physical, printed form.

Turing Test-Beating Bot Reveals More About Humans Than Computers


This article was originally published on The Conversation. After years of trying, it looks like a chatbot has finally passed the Turing Test.

A Century On, This Math Prodigy’s Formulas Are Finally Unravelled


A hundred and one years ago, in 1913, the famous British mathematician G. H. Hardy received a letter out of the blue.

A Century On, This Math Prodigy’s Formulas Are Finally Unravelled


A hundred and one years ago, in 1913, the famous British mathematician G. H. Hardy received a letter out of the blue.

Heal Yourself By Harnessing Your Mind


We tend to think of medicine as being all about pills and potions recommended to us by another person—a doctor.

Heal Yourself By Harnessing Your Mind


We tend to think of medicine as being all about pills and potions recommended to us by another person—a doctor.

Why Superstition Works


In the South Pacific there is a place so remote that few people have ever heard of it, let alone seen it: the Trobriand Islands.

Why Superstition Works


In the South Pacific there is a place so remote that few people have ever heard of it, let alone seen it: the Trobriand Islands.

Exercise During Pregnancy Benefits Mom—And Baby, Too


When Linda May went in to see her obstetrician during her first pregnancy, he told her she probably shouldn’t jump, run, or even walk.

How Location-Based Apps Will Shape the Future of Shopping


Excerpted from You Are Here by Hiawatha Bray These days new smartphone apps all seem to want the same thing from us—our latitude and longitude.

Blind Sight: The Next Generation of Sensory Substitution Technology


It’s long been known that blind people are able to compensate for their loss of sight by using other senses, relying on sound and touch to help them “see” the world.

Why Habitable Exoplanets Are Bad News for Humanity’s Future


This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last week, scientists announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, a planet 492 light years away in the Cygnus constellation.

Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right


  This post was originally published at The American Scholar. Gestures are simple enough. Right? A spontaneous but well-timed wave can emphasize an idea, brush aside a compliment, or point out a barely obscured bird’s nest to an obtuse friend.

Picking Sides: How Genes Help Us Decide Between Left and Right


Some people call left-handers southpaws. Others call them mollydookers or corky dobbers. Scientists still often call lefties sinister, which in Latin originally just meant “left” but later came to be associated with evil.


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