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July 26, 2015 The New York Times recently reported that a walk in nature can actually change the wiring in your brain. So, Adam Frank suggests we go take a walk.
July 23, 2015 The Matrix for spiders? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what scientists can learn about invertebrate perception and neurophysiology from chilling then magnetizing jumping spiders.
July 22, 2015 Last week, scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of the "pentaquark" particle, clearing up 50 years of false signals and potential sightings, says Marcelo Gleiser.
July 15, 2015 Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser wonders what the children watching the flyby will accomplish as they join the ranks of future space explorers. The probes have been there; perhaps now it is our turn.
July 8, 2015 Some memories persist for a lifetime, even if sometimes only at the level of uncertain contours, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. How does the brain do that?
July 7, 2015 A road trip to Pluto is not something you want to try with kids — the asteroid belt is nothing but tourist traps, and the rest stops really thin out after Saturn, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
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July 6, 2015 It turns out the science of bicycles is surprisingly complex and only partially understood, falling under the "Illusion of Explanatory Depth" phenomenon, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.
June 29, 2015 Psychologist Tania Lombrozo looks at a new paper that finds an association between cognitive style — intuitive or analytic — and beliefs about evolution.
June 26, 2015 Commentator Alva Noë takes a look at a new study showing that PTSD sufferers experience the presence of real threats the rest of us cannot see.
June 22, 2015 The short film Wanderers is a beautifully realized vision of all the places waiting for us in our cosmic backyard, if we can just find a way to sustain humanity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
An artist impression shows Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
June 17, 2015 The probe found enough energy to send a signal — which hadn't been guaranteed. If all goes well, we may know fairly soon whether the comet it's on carries the stuff of life, says Marcelo Gleiser.
The view, from about 6,000 ft., near Black Tusk in Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, on June 6.
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June 9, 2015 Really imagining Earth as just one of countless planets can illuminate everything you see with a new and poignant clarity, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
June 8, 2015 Recently, a journalist confessed to fooling millions into believing that chocolate helps weight loss. Tania Lombrozo considers what the "chocolate hoax" can tell us.
The jaw fragment and teeth of Australopithecus deyiremeda, found in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
June 5, 2015 Last week, a group from Cleveland announced they found a new human ancestor. Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at the pros and cons of calling a fossil hominid a new biological species.
June 2, 2015 Commentator Adam Frank says robots capable of "living" are coming more quickly than most of us imagine — so we better get ready.
May 28, 2015 Anthropologist Barbara J. King spends a morning with an octopus in an effort to find out how to make life better for sentient, smart creatures on public view.
One artist's rendering of imagined alien beings.
May 27, 2015 If we learned we're the only ones looking into the night sky, it'd be impossibly lonely. But it might also mean there's something holding all beings from a higher state, which may spell our doom too.
May 24, 2015 A five-day celebration of all things empirical investigation of the cosmos — the World Science Festival 2015 — begins this week.
May 24, 2015 Physicist Erwin Schrödinger is best known for his cat thought experiment and his wave equation. But he published many other works that deserve recognition, says guest blogger and author Paul Halpern.
The cluster and star-forming region Westerlund 2.
May 20, 2015 Observing the night sky is like looking through a time machine; every image comes from a different past — a kaleidoscope of times — each telling a different story, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.
This is an artist's imaginative rendering of an atom, but quantum mechanics makes it hard to imagine exactly what an atom is.
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May 19, 2015 Recently, astrophysicist Adam Frank raised the idea that your butt — and the chair it sits on — are not solid matter. Now, he revisits the issue of why you don't fall to the floor, with an addendum.
The Horsehead Nebula, as seen with infrared light, shows clouds surrounding it have already dissipated. The Horsehead formation has about 5 million years left before it, too, disintegrates.
April 21, 2015 Thousands of years from now, our names will be long forgotten, but what the Hubble Space Telescope did to us — and what it did for us — will endure, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.
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April 15, 2015 Einstein's greatest lesson may be that reality is not what it seems; what we perceive as real is a distortion due to how our brains take in the world around, and within, us, says Marcelo Gleiser.
Scientist Isaac Newton on an engraving from the 1800s.
April 8, 2015 Astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser says that to put God in our current knowledge gaps would not further our understanding of the universe. For that, we need science and its stubbornly secular approach.
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