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  • Science Visualized

    Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

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    Scribes usually have pretty good handwriting. That’s not the case for one prolific 13th century writer known to scholars only as the Tremulous Hand of Worcester. Now scientists suggest the writer suffered from a neurological condition called essential tremor. Neurologist Jane Alty and historical handwriting researcher Deborah Thorpe, both of the...

    10/06/2015 - 16:03 Science & Society
  • Feature

    Using general relativity to magnify the cosmos

    One of the most powerful known magnifying lenses isn’t found on Earth. The lens is built from stars, gas and dark matter and lies about 4 billion light-years away. As astronomers peer through it, they are finding the seeds of galaxies that were scattered around the universe more than 13 billion years ago.

    The lens is known as Abell 2744, a cosmic pileup where four groups of galaxies are...

    10/06/2015 - 12:38 Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics
  • It's Alive

    What really changes when a male vole settles down

    Bachelor prairie voles can’t tell females of their species apart. Yet the clueless fellows can change, forming pair-bonds for life with the opposite sex and even distinguishing between two female strangers. 

    Bachelors aren’t blind or stupid; they recognize individual males among their fellow short-tailed Microtus ochrogaster rodents scurrying through old fields in the center of...

    10/05/2015 - 15:28 Animals
  • Reviews & Previews

    Centennial books illuminate Einstein’s greatest triumph

    You don’t need an anniversary as an excuse to write a book about Albert Einstein. But the centennial of his general theory of relativity has nonetheless provided an occasion for several new entries in the Einstein library. And even though general relativity — Einstein’s theory of gravity — has been thoroughly explored many times, some 2015 publications do offer new twists and insights.


    10/04/2015 - 07:00 History of Science, Science & Society, Physics, Cosmology
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    Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity

    Albert Einstein opened humankind’s eyes to the universe.

    Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two centuries earlier. And time, Newton declared, flowed at its own pace, oblivious to the clocks that measured it. But Einstein looked at space and time and saw a single dynamic stage — spacetime — on which matter and energy strutted,...

    10/04/2015 - 05:30 Astronomy, Physics, History of Science
  • 50 Years Ago

    Early satellite TV predictions highlighted instant communication potential

    Satellite TV predicted — Thirty-thousand-watt satellites transmitting radio and television directly into homes without the need for ground stations are the prediction of Radio Corporation of America board chairman David Sarnoff…. Such satellites...

    10/01/2015 - 08:00 Technology, Science & Society
  • Feature

    Meet 10 scientists who are making their mark

    Just as in baseball, politics and Hollywood, science has its up-and-coming stars. They just don’t always get as much publicity as, say, Bryce Harper or Lupita Nyong’o. Most scientists are lucky to get a media mention as a name attached to a discovery. But their personal stories and change-the-world goals are worth some attention.


    09/22/2015 - 11:02 Science & Society
  • Feature

    William Detmold: Looking deep into atoms' hearts

    William Detmold, 40
    MIT | Nuclear Physics
    Graduate school: University of Adelaide, Australia 


    09/22/2015 - 11:00 Particle Physics, Computing, Science & Society
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    Benyam Kinde: Gene expression and Rett syndrome

    Benyam Kinde, 27
    Harvard/MIT | Neurobiology
    Graduate school: Harvard

    Many people view the brain as the last frontier of human health research, says Benyam Kinde. “We still don’t know very much about how...

    09/22/2015 - 10:59 Genetics, Science & Society, Neuroscience
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    Isaac Kinde: Finding cancer via altered genes

    Isaac Kinde, 31
    Papgene, Inc. | Biotechnology
    Graduate school: Johns Hopkins

    Isaac Kinde became interested in medicine in elementary school. On Sundays, his father, a large-animal veterinarian, brought...

    09/22/2015 - 10:58 Cancer, Science & Society, Genetics