Sid Perkins' Articles
- Reviews & PreviewsAnatomical displays sit alongside art depicting medical history at the International Museum of Surgical Science.
- Science VisualizedA river’s erosion downward and across a landscape is based on a variety of factors, including terrain steepness and the arrangement of tributaries.
- Reviews & PreviewsScott Weems, a neuroscientist, takes readers on a wide-ranging tour that explains what humor is and why readers should care.
- Society NewsA teenager’s computer analyses that identified six potential new flu-fighting compounds claimed first place at the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.
- Society NewsThe 40 young scientists will visit Washington, D.C., March 6–12 to tour the White House and other national landmarks, present their research to judges and the public in a poster session at the headquarters of the National Geographic Society and attend a black-tie awards gala at the National Building Museum.
- Reviews & PreviewsWhile most people think they’re good at spotting liars, the truth may come as a surprise. The vast majority can detect a lie only 54 percent of the time (barely better than flipping a coin). A tiny percentage, maybe one in 1,000 people, can discern a lie more than 80 percent of the time. These “truth wizards” are exceptionally keen at reading a person’s facial expressions and body language, among other clues.Hertenstein, a psychologist, chronicles research into what such nonverbal cues can reveal about a person.
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The challenge was to build a safe, mass-producible vehicle that can carry two people 100 miles using no more than the energy in a gallon of gas. In 2007, the X Prize Foundation offered $10 million to be shared by teams that could pull it off, and in 2010, three groups claimed the prize.
- Reviews & PreviewsComputers already make all sorts of decisions for you. Imagine if the machines controlled even more aspects of life and could truly think for themselves.
- PeopleAn enigmatic whale roams the North Pacific, and next year Bruce Mate will lead a monthlong expedition to find it.
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Stories of heroes are all over the news: First responders and even concerned passersby put themselves in harm’s way to help others, going against every instinct for self-preservation. What could explain such selfless acts? Even Charles Darwin struggled to understand the evolutionary upside of self-sacrifice.