October 21, 2013 Do we need to diversify perceptions of science? Or should we "coolify" stereotypes of geeky scientists? Can we do both? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers what contemporary psychology can tell us about the implications of each approach.
Scientists have been known to surf. Really.
October 9, 2013 Science and the people who practice it are both an everyday fact and a mystery for most of us. So, how can science attract talent and continue to thrive if it remains an enigma? Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that, first, it must reach out to the public and set them straight: scientists are regular people, too.
Marvel superheroes: they've arrived.
May 7, 2013 There was a time when superheroes confined themselves to the pages of comic books piled up in a kids room. Now they're on the big screen and in the mainstream of pop culture. Commentator Adam Frank says there are winners and losers in this transformation.
When literary cult classics like the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy become ingrained in pop culture, do they lose their seal of nerdiness?
January 26, 2011 With unlimited access to obscure, weird, and strange media over the Internet, nearly anyone can become a games or book "nerd" of some sort. Comedian Patton Oswalt has had enough — he says it's time for the true geeks to revive and rebuild their unique empire.
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