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Science past and present

  1. Rudi Mandl
    Science & Society

    The amateur who helped Einstein see the light

    With help from Science News Letter, eccentric amateur Rudi Mandl persuaded Einstein to explore the phenomenon of gravitational lensing.

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  2. Hippocrates engraving
    Math

    Evidence-based medicine lacks solid supporting evidence

    Saving science from its statistical flaws will require radical revision in its methods

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  3. graph of p value
    Math

    Top 10 ways to save science from its statistical self

    Saving science from its statistical flaws will require radical revision in its methods.

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  4. statue of Achilles
    Math

    Science is heroic, with a tragic (statistical) flaw

    Science falls short of its own standards because of the mindless use of ritualistic statistical tests.

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  5. John Nash
    Science & Society

    Nash’s mind left a beautiful legacy

    The death of game theory pioneer John Nash ends a dramatic story of genius.

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  6. core theory
    Physics

    Nobel laureate foresees mind-expanding future of physics

    A Nobel laureate forecasts deeper understanding of physics and new powers for the human mind in the century to come.

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  7. Charles Janet's left-step periodic table
    Science & Society

    Old periodic table could resolve today’s element placement dispute

    A little-known genius figured out where all the elements in the periodic table should be placed long before some of them were discovered.

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  8. Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries of 2015

    From genes and dreams to gravity and Kevlar, 2015 offers plenty to celebrate.

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  9. Math

    P value ban: small step for a journal, giant leap for science

    Peer-reviewed journals have largely insisted on P values as a standard of worthiness. But now the editors of one journal have banned the statistical tool.

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  10. poker table
    Life

    Life’s origin might illustrate the power of game theory

    Game theory math can describe molecular competition and cooperation, perhaps providing clues to the origin of life.

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  11. Iraq banknote featuring Alhazen
    Science & Society

    Islamic science paved the way for a millennial celebration of light

    Ibn al-Haytham’s book on optics from a millennium ago serves as a good excuse to celebrate the International Year of Light.

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  12. Arecibo Observatory
    Astronomy

    Top 10 messages to send to E.T.

    Fears that sending signals to alien civilizations would provoke an invasion shouldn't prevent transmitting important messages.

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