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Books of the year 2015 - a scientist's reading list

Here continueth a tradition I started way back in 2013, having resolved at the beginning of that year to read less internet and more books. I present a review of the twenty-three titles that I got though in 2015, in the order in which they were read.<p>As in 2013 and 2014 my predilection for …

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Scientists invent the world's first microchip powered by biological systems

Researchers at Columbia University have successfully created the world’s first computer chip powered by an isolated chemical biological process. …

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

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How It Works: Death By Black Hole

A quantum quandary<p>As you fall feet first across an event horizon—the point where nothing can escape the black hole’s gravitational pull—you don’t feel anything change. But eventually, gravity is so much stronger at your feet than your head that you’re stretched apart, like Play-Doh, until you snap. …

Quantum Mechanics

New York state approves $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

New York state will gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour — the first time any state has set the minimum that high.<p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration formally approved the increase Thursday, a move the Democratic governor announced at a labor rally with Vice …