Science and technology

Space-Based Test Proves Light’s Quantum Weirdness

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Physicists sometimes say that a beam of light traveling through space is like a “great smoky dragon.” One can know much about where the light comes from (the dragon’s tail) and where it is seen (the dragon’s head), yet still know precious little about the journey in between (the dragon’s mysterious, nebulous body). As light Read More

New Gene-Editing “Pencil” Erases Disease-Causing Errors

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There are more than 50,000 known human genetic maladies that have, in most cases, few good treatments and no cure. Now researchers at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT have developed a new tool that would theoretically make it possible to correct the genetic errors behind about 15,000 of these illnesses—including sickle-cell disease, cystic Read More

It’s Not Just O’Reilly and Weinstein: Sexual Violence Is a “Global Pandemic”

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The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. The recent exposure of widespread sexual predation in the American media industry, from Harvey Weinstein to Bill O’Reilly, has elicited shock and sparked debate on violence against women in the United States. Sexual harassment isn’t the exclusive Read More

Sexual Harassment: 4 Psychological Traits of Perpetrators

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In recent weeks, revelations about sexual harassment and its devastating effects have flooded the news and social media. But aside from a few legal-team-filtered statements, we don’t have an insight into the mindset of the accused harassers. So what are they thinking? How could they think this was a good idea? What makes someone prone Read More

Smog Casts A Shadow on China’s Solar Farms

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The wintertime smog in China’s northeastern provinces is so severe it blocks more than 20 percent of sunlight from reaching the region’s solar panels. Christopher Intagliata reports. Read More

Neurologists’ Role in Nazi “Racial Hygiene” Only Now Comes to Light

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Medical historians have recently published accounts that show neurologists were indeed complicit with the Nazis—and became victims if they were classified as “non-Aryan. Heiner Fangerau, who teaches the history and ethics of medicine at University Hospital Düsseldorf—along with colleagues Michael Martin at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf and Axel Karenberg from the University of Read More

India Gears Up for Second Moon Mission

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In a large shed near the headquarters of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Bangalore, a six-wheeled rover rumbles over dark grey rubble in a landscape designed to mimic the Moon’s rocky surface. This test and others scheduled for the next few weeks are crucial steps in India’s quest to launch a second mission Read More

Dogs Bow To Wolves As Cooperators

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Wolves appear to have better cooperation skills than dogs—unless the pups partner up with humans. Karen Hopkin reports. Read More

Why Is My Brain Tingling?

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A few years ago, I watched a YouTube video called “Virtual Barbershop.” It was one of those viral videos that attempted to be somewhat educational. It featured (somewhat silly) barbershop sounds recorded with a special microphone that made the sounds appear as if in 3-D, to demonstrate how the brain localizes sounds. Although Read More

Insects Conquered a Watery Realm With Just Two New Genes

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From Quanta Magazine (find original story here). Ever since Darwin articulated his theory of natural selection, the question of evolutionary novelties has intrigued biologists. It’s relatively easy to understand how natural selection can reshape an existing trait — to make antlers bigger, legs longer or wings more colorful. But sometimes a fully Read More