Scientific Theories aren’t Mere Conjecture – To Survive, they Must Work

There wouldn’t be statues acclaiming Darwin and his theory if it couldn’t stand up to decades of testing. CGP Grey By Dr. Tom Solomon / 03.07.2017 Professor of Physics and Astronomy Bucknell University “The evidence is incontrovertible. Global warming is occurring.” “Climate change is real, is serious and has been influenced by anthropogenic activity.” “The[…]

The Scientific Revolution Revisited, 1550-1700

The French Academy of Sciences was established in 1666. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Mikuláš Teich / 04.21.2015 Emeritus Fellow, History and Philosophy of Science Robinson College University of Cambridge Introduction I This is about interpreting the Scientific Revolution as a distinctive movement directed towards the exploration of the world of nature and coming into[…]

Shakespeare’s Astronomy

Portrait of William Shakespeare 1564-1616. Chromolithography after Hombres y Mujeres celebres 1877 / Barcelona Museum Lecture by Dr. Michael Rowan-Robinson, Museum of London / 11.30.2016 Emeritus Professor of Astronomy Gresham College ‘Shakespeare’s allusions to the planets are very often made astrologically.  In but few instances are they made from a purely astronomical point of view’[…]

‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’: Basic Transmission Genetics

Genetic transmission is the mechanism that drives evolution. DNA encodes all the information necessary to make an organism. Every organism’s DNA is made of the same basic parts, arranged in different orders. DNA is divided into chromosomes, or groups of genes, which code for proteins. Asexually reproducing organisms reproduce using mitosis, while sexually reproducing organisms[…]

The Science of Connection

By Fritjof Capra / 02.05.2017 Modern Science is Realising the World is a Living Network One Earth, One Humanity, One Future, is a concept that has been conveyed by poets, philosophers and spiritual teachers throughout the ages. One of its most beautiful expressions is found in the celebrated speech attributed to Chief Seattle of the[…]

SmallSat Revolution: Tiny Satellites Poised to Make Big Contributions to Essential Science

Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies. Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC By Dr. J. Vanderlei Martins / 01.26.2017 Professor of Physics University of Maryland, Baltimore County Tiny satellites, some smaller than a shoe box, are currently orbiting around 200 miles above Earth, collecting data about our[…]

Getting a Scientific Message Across Means Taking Human Nature into Account

Yeah, I’m not hearing that. / Shutterstock By Rose Hendricks / 01.10.2017 PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science University of California, San Diego We humans have collectively accumulated a lot of science knowledge. We’ve developed vaccines that can eradicate some of the most devastating diseases. We’ve engineered bridges and cities and the internet. We’ve created massive[…]

Languages Still a Major Barrier to Global Science, New Research Finds

Over a third of new conservation science documents published annually are in non-English languages, despite assumption of English as scientific ‘lingua franca’. Researchers find examples of important science missed at international level, and practitioners struggling to access new knowledge, as a result of language barriers. 12.29.2016 English is now considered the common language, or ‘lingua[…]

Would You Pay $30,000 to Have a Beer Tailored to Your DNA?

A London-based brewery has recently launched a unique service that uses cutting edge genetic profiling to create “the world’s most personalised beer”, based on the client’s DNA profile. And it “only” costs £25,000 ($30,550). Ciaran Giblin, the brewmaster of Meantime Brewery, was the world’s first brewer to have a beer tailored to his own DNA, and was so[…]

These Gamers Chase Atoms, Not Aliens

12.13.2016 Looking to help humanity explore the cosmos? Advance our knowledge in biology or brain science? How about quantum physics or nanotechnology? Grab your Playstation and get to work! By playing science-based video games online, nonscientists are accelerating research in all these fields and more. Researchers tap collective brainpower by designing video game challenges related to[…]

Catching Lightning in a Fossil – and Calculating How Much Energy a Strike Contains

Very powerful, try to avoid. / Shutterstock By Dr. Matthew Pasek / 12.08.2016 Associate Professor of Geosciences University of South Florida For most of human history, people have been terrified by lightning. Frightening bolts from above, lightning was a tool of the gods to smite mortals for their hubris (or their unfortunate penchant for seeking[…]

World’s ‘Smallest Magnifying Glass’ Makes it Possible to See Individual Chemical Bonds between Atoms

The presence of the sharp metal tip on a plasma sphere concentrates the electric field into its vicinity, initiating a spark. Credit: NanoPhotonics Cambridge Using the strange properties of tiny particles of gold, researchers have concentrated light down smaller than a single atom, letting them look at individual chemical bonds inside molecules, and opening up[…]

Peeking Between Memory and Perception

Harvard Junior Fellow Caroline Robertson is the lead author of a study that suggests a person’s brain constructs a 360º scene of his or her environment. / File photo Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Study zeroes in on how humans interpret visual environment By Peter Reuell / 09.28.2016 he human field of vision is only about[…]

How Intelligence is Inherited from Mothers

By Jennifer Delgado Suárez / 10.02.2016 Psychologist Can We Thank Our Mums For Our Brain Power? Smart people should thank their mothers because, according to researchers, their mothers are principally responsible for transmitting the intelligence genes. Perhaps this new information from science will begin to dispell stereotypes that have survived over centuries. Science shows that there[…]

Neurons Feel the Force – How Physical Interactions Help Control Brain Development

Researchers have identified a new mechanism controlling brain development: that neurons not only ‘smell’ chemicals in their environment, but also ‘feel’ their way through the developing brain.  09.19.2016 Scientists have found that developing nerve cells are able to ‘feel’ their environment as they grow, helping them form the correct connections within the brain and with[…]

Quadruple Helix Form of DNA May Aid in the Development of Targeted Cancer Therapies

Researchers have identified the role that a four-stranded version of DNA may play in the role of cancer progression, and suggest that it may be used to develop new targeted cancer therapies. 09.12.2016 Scientists have identified where a four-stranded version of DNA exists within the genome of human cells, and suggest that it may hold[…]

Hydrothermal Vent Hypothesis on Abiogenesis (Origin of Life)

NOAA Photo Library/Flickr By Dr. Arunas L. Radzvilavicius / 08.15.2016 Theoretical Biologist University College London For nearly nine decades, science’s favorite explanation for the origin of life has been the “primordial soup”. This is the idea that life began from a series of chemical reactions in a warm pond on Earth’s surface, triggered by an[…]

The Biology of Love

  By Dr. Bruce Lipton and Dr. Deborah Sandella What can our cells tell us about the importance of love? Dr. Bruce Lipton sat down with Dr. Deborah Sandella to reveal how cells hold profound secrets of the heart. What do your cells have to do with love? Molecular biology and romance seem unlikely bedfellows, but[…]

Plate Tectonics: New Findings Fill Out 50-Year-Old Theory That Explains Earth’s Landmasses

Satellite image of California’s San Andreas fault, where two continental plates come together. NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team By Dr. Phil Heron / 07.04.2016 Postdoctoral Fellow in Geodynamics University of Toronto Fifty years ago, there was a seismic shift away from the longstanding belief that Earth’s continents were permanently stationary. In 1966, J. Tuzo[…]