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Storm Packing Hurricane-Force Winds Hits Western Europe

What's being described as the worst storm in years hit Britain before moving across the English Channel to lash the Netherlands, France and Germany. It's claimed as many as 13 lives, The Associated Press reports, and has caused flooding as it whips the region with wind gusts of nearly 100 mph.<p>The …

Falling Into The Sky And Other Tales Of Gravity

For most of us, gravity is the tug that pulls us home.<p>Every time we slip off a ladder or somersault into a swimming pool, we feel the planet pulling us back. Austrian stuntman Felix Baumgartner took this notion to a crazy extreme last year when he stepped off a platform attached to a helium balloon …

The Beautiful and Frightening Experience of How Science Is Done: Richard Feynman’s Letter to James Watson about The Double Helix

In February of 1967, <b>Richard Feynman</b> — champion of scientific culture, graphic novel hero, crusader for integrity, existential sage, secret artist — visited the University of Chicago and ran into DNA godfather James Watson, also visiting at the time. Watson, who had met Feynman while guest-lecturing …

14 YouTube Tutorials for Science Experiments

YouTube Tutorials for Science Experiments<p>1. Make glass invisible.<p>2. Get an egg through a bottleneck.<p>3. Cook an egg without fire.<p>4. Make waterproof …

What is school science for? Who is it for?

If a curriculum is an expression of what we value, why teach something called ‘physics’ instead of climate change?<p>What is school science for? It’s one of those philosophical sounding questions which can seem unhelpfully abstract. But it is worth asking because choices we make about school science …

When technology – and time – overtake research

For the past three decades, I have been a psychological test subject. Not in a creepy NSA-and-tin-foil-hat kind of way, but as part of a long-term …

Sen. Franken Frets Over Apple’s Fingerprint Technology

It's one thing for a hacker to get your digital password and impersonate you on the Internet; you can easily change your password. But your …

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New Technology Allows the Mind to Control Prosthetic Limbs

Our brains, which control our movements, may soon be able to control the movement of prosthetic limbs as well.<p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects …

Hurricane Sandy Recovery, One Year Later

A year after Hurricane Sandy, recovery efforts are still ongoing, and questions remain about how to rebuild and prepare the coastlines for the next storm. A group of experts discusses rebuilding and protective options — from sea walls to "oyster-tecture" — and considers calls for a "managed …