videoJul 24, 2014 8:24 pm
videoJul 18, 2014 3:12 pm
The stereotypes around homelessness can often lead to people passing judgment and sending us in the wrong direction when dealing with this issue. Fortunately, science LOVES challenging our preconceived notions about anything and everything. And in this case, it’s challenging us on homelessness.
quoteJul 09, 2014 3:34 pm
"So what is causing autism in these children? The real answer is: We just don’t know. Not yet, at least. “There is no known single cause for autism,” explains the Autism Society’s website. And while scientists around the world are working to find a link, each time a new finding suggests possible contributing factors, what tends to proceed is an immoderate response that forgets that age-old dictum: Correlation does not equal causation. And that’s important, because in the past we have been wrong about autism, and sometimes with deadly consequences."
videoJun 20, 2014 8:50 pm
photoJun 12, 2014 1:15 pm
He’s right on, and while there are many deniers out there right now, they’ll have to concede as the world around us changes in dramatic ways.
photoJun 11, 2014 1:15 pm
Lego to launch female scientists series after online campaign
Science-themed project was submitted to Lego Ideas by Dr Ellen Kooijman, who recognized a gender gap in toy sets.
videoJun 03, 2014 9:23 pm
We’ve been explorers since the beginning. Probably something in our DNA. Let’s take the ol’ genetic code to the stars instead of murdering each other here on earth.
photoMay 30, 2014 11:38 am
Experience the darker side of evolutionary theory. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck’s theory of evolution (you can pass down traits that you pick up during your own lifetime) was largely considered to be completely bogus until some fast-evolving frogs gave it a second wind. Then things got really intense.
photosetMay 13, 2014 6:40 pm
Scientists at MIT have developed a new simulation that traces 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. They start the simulation shortly after the big bang with a region of space much smaller than the universe (a mere 350 million light years across). Still, it’s big enough to follow the forces that helped create the galaxies we see today, and correctly predict the gas and metal content of those galaxies.
At first, we see dark matter clustering due to the force of gravity (first two GIFs). Then we see visible matter — blue for cool clouds of gas where galaxies form, red for more violent explosive galaxies (second two GIFs).
Super massive blackholes form, superheating the material around them, causing bright white explosions that enrich the space between galaxies with warm but sparse gas (fifth GIF).
Different elements (represented by different colors in the sixth GIF) are spread through the universe.
We arrive at a distribution of dark matter that looks similar to the one we see in our universe today (seventh GIF).
The simulation is so complex it would take two thousand years to render on a single desktop. And it’s kinda beautiful.
Image Credit: MIT and Nature Video
videoMay 08, 2014 4:31 pm
Using 5,000 “Jeopardy” contestants as test subjects, researchers uncovered an interesting trend? It’s called “uptalk”? And while they observed both men and women speaking in uptalk, the difference in which gender used it more and why is actually fairly disappointing? Right? Right.