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Science past and present

  1. Francis Crick
    Science & Society

    Francis Crick’s good luck revolutionized biology

    Francis Crick, born 100 years ago, chose to study molecular biology first and then later tackled consciousness.

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  2. equations for circuitry of electronic combination lock
    Math

    Claude Shannon’s information theory built the foundation for the digital era

    Claude Shannon, born 100 years ago, devised the mathematical representation of information that made the digital era possible.

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  3. scene from Raphael's 'The School of Athens'
    Science & Society

    Physicist’s story of science breaks historians’ rules

    Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg says evaluating science’s past requires knowledge of the present.

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  4. Math

    Experts issue warning on problems with P values

    A report from the American Statistical Association warns against misinterpretation and misuse of a common statistical test.

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  5. illustration of gravitational waves from two black holes
    Physics

    Gravity waves exemplify the power of intelligent equations

    Discovering gravity waves confirms Einstein and illustrates the power of the human mind to discern physical phenomena hidden in mathematical equations.

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  6. gravitational waves illustrated
    Physics

    ‘Gravity waves’ is an OK way to refer to gravitational radiation

    There’s not lexicographical basis for complaints that ‘gravity wave’ is incorrect usage for gravitational waves.

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  7. entanglement experiment
    Particle Physics

    Entanglement is spooky, but not action at a distance

    Recent experiments on quantum entanglement confirm that it’s spooky, but it was not, as Einstein implied, action at a distance.

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  8. Particle Physics

    Quantum spookiness survives its toughest tests

    Recent experiments on quantum entanglement confirm that it’s spooky, but it was not, as Einstein implied, action at a distance.

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  9. Science & Society

    Happy Birthday to Boole, with 11001000 binary candles

    George Boole’s 200th birthday is occasion to celebrate the 1s and 0s of computer language.

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  10. Science & Society

    Unreliable science impairs its ability to serve society

    Science’s reproducibility problem impairs the ability of basic research to inform the search for better medicinal drugs.

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  11. Quantum Physics

    Quantum interpretations feel the heat

    Landauer’s principle shows a way to test competing interpretations about quantum physics.

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  12. subatomic particles captured in Brookhaven collider
    Particle Physics

    Top 10 subatomic surprises

    Nobel Prize–winning neutrinos rank among science’s most unexpected discoveries.

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