Jake Bowman

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Challenging Mainstream Thought About Beauty’s Big Hand in Evolution

Not long ago, a physicist at Stanford posed a rhetorical question that took me by surprise.<p>“Why is there so much beauty?” he asked.<p>Beauty was not what I was thinking the world was full of when he brought it up. The physicist, Manu Prakash, was captivated by the patterns in seawater made as starfish …

University of Michigan

A 22-year-old has raised $30M to trap plastic floating in the great Pacific garbage patch

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the most polluted areas of the ocean. 22-year-old Boyan Slat has a potential cleanup solution.<p>The Ocean Cleanup uses a boom to capture plastic and keep it in areas where a boat can come and periodically pick it up. The pipe moves with the waves and uses …

Mexican Journalists Lose Another Colleague to the Drug War

In his last public remarks, made on a live television show, “El Almohadazo,” on Monday morning, the Mexican journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas spoke by Skype with the show’s presenter, Fernanda Tapia. Their conversation dealt with issues pertaining to Mexico’s decade-old drug war, in which at least …

Mexico

The Dark Ages Provide Clues for New Antibiotics

Scientists look to medieval history in the search for new medicine.<p><b>By Erin Connelly, University of Pennsylvania</b><p>For a long time, medieval medicine has …

Bacteria Use Electricity To Communicate With Other Species

New research in the field of microorganisms has revealed that bacteria are much more advanced organisms than we thought before. Up to now, research …

Microbiology

508-Million-Year-Old Sea Monster Had 50 Legs and Giant Claws

A 508-million-year-old critter — one that looks like a weird lobster with 50 legs, two claws and a tent-like shell — is the oldest known arthropod …

Hasselhoff-bot stars in AI-scripted film

Self-learning algorithms provide the dialogue in this surreal short science-fiction film, starring David Hasselhoff as the Hoffbot.<p>First the algorithms came for our jobs, then our pickup lines and now they're writing screenplays.<p>An artificial intelligence that named itself Benjamin wrote David …

Artificial Intelligence

China takes a key step toward building a large space station

A new spacecraft will make three docking attempts with the Tiangong-2 space station.<p>On Thursday, a Chinese Long March 7 rocket successfully lifted …

Space Exploration

Kindred skies: ancient Greeks and Aboriginal Australians saw constellations in common

Look up on any clear night and you can see myriad stars, planets, and the Milky Way stretching across the sky. The chances are that you know some of …

How to Build an Astrolabe Like John B. McLemore From 'S- Town'

It's the universe in the palm of your hand.<p>John B. McLemore restored antique clocks in Woodstock, Alabama — or Shit Town, as he liked to call it. …

In His Own Words, Eric Ripert Shares How a Buddhist Nun Became One of His Most Important Mentors

<i>As editors, w</i><i>e strive to celebrate extraordinary people doing ordinary things and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. In keeping with that</i> …

Time I

Space Tourism Posters

Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of …

Seaweed Farming May Be the Prescription for Troubled Waters

Even in the dead of winter, the Gulf of Maine is a vibrant place. Birds, crabs, and fish abound. Tiny plumes of smoke rise from the homes of Mainers living along the well-populated Southern coast.<p>But the sea is changing. The Gulf has warmed faster than any body of water in the world, with climate …

New England

Are We Ready for an Ag Tech Revolution?

The technology has been ready for decades, but the time is finally ripe for the world to take a new approach to agriculture, says entrepreneur Randy Komisar.<p>Komisar is a founding director of TiVo, a partner at venture capitalist firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a lead investor in Nest—a …

Farming

Bitcoin is a currency, the EU admits

When it comes to bitcoin, Europe’s highest court and the US’s major tax agency don’t agree on exactly what it is.<p>In a decision last week, Europe’s Court of Justice effectively decided that bitcoin is a currency, and therefore transactions in which bitcoins are exchanged for other currencies are …

Bitcoin