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Science past and present

  1. illustration of nerve cells
    Neuroscience

    There’s a long way to go in understanding the brain

    Neuroscientists offer multiple “perspectives” on how to plug gaps in current knowledge of the brain’s inner workings.

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  2. surfer on a wave
    Science & Society

    Top 10 discoveries about waves

    Another gravitational wave detection reaffirms the importance of waves for a vast spectrum of physical processes and technologies.

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  3. Saturn
    Science & Society

    The first Cassini to explore Saturn was a person

    Cassini, the spacecraft about to dive into Saturn, was named for the astronomical pioneer who first perceived the gap between the planet’s famous rings.

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  4. Jocelyn Bell Burnell
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries of 2017

    2017 offers an abundance of scientific anniversaries to celebrate, from pulsars and pulsar planets to Einstein’s laser, Einstein’s cosmos and the laws of robotics.

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  5. Andromeda galaxy
    Science & Society

    Einstein’s latest anniversary marks the birth of modern cosmology

    A century ago, Einstein gave birth to modern cosmology by using his general theory of relativity to describe the universe.

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  6. Andromeda galaxy
    Astronomy

    In 20th century, astronomers opened their minds to gazillions of galaxies

    Telescopes in the U.S. West opened astronomers’ eyes to a vast, expanding universe containing countless galaxies.

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  7. dendritic spines
    Neuroscience

    Health official calls on neuroscience to fight mental illness

    When it comes to mental health, all countries are developing countries, WHO official says, appealing to neuroscience for help.

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  8. Steven Weinberg
    Quantum Physics

    Why quantum mechanics might need an overhaul

    Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg says current debates in quantum mechanics need a new approach to comprehend reality.

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  9. two babies chatting
    Humans

    Tom Wolfe’s denial of language evolution stumbles over his own words

    Tom Wolfe’s book denies that language evolved and attacks Darwin and Chomsky with smugness lacking substance.

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  10. illustration of the distance to Proxima Centauri
    Planetary Science

    Visits to Proxima Centauri’s planet are probably millennia away

    A trip to Proxima Centauri’s planet would take millennia, even with alpha particle propulsion.

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  11. illustration of a wormhole
    Quantum Physics

    A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold key to quantum gravity

    A new Einsteinian equation, ER=EPR, may be the clue physicists need to merge quantum mechanics with general relativity.

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  12. lawyer presenting evidence to a jury
    Math

    Courts’ use of statistics should be put on trial

    Bayesian statistics offer a useful tool for avoiding fallacies in legal reasoning.

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