Carissa Strickland

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How art helped me see the beauty in loneliness

Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City explores the connection between isolation and creativity. In this extract she examines its role in the work of Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol and others, and suggests we should all be a little less frightened of being alone…<p>Q&A: neuroscientist John Cacioppo on science of …

Andy Warhol

Why an American Spacecraft Is Almost at Jupiter

No matter how much traveling you did in the last five years, it’s a good bet you haven’t done as much as the Juno spacecraft. Launched from Cape …

Astronomy

7 Times Mathematics Became Art And Blew Our Minds

So pretty.<p>While maths might seem like a purely formulaic pursuit, the patterns and ratios it produces can help create some of history's most striking …

Artist Pairs Wildlife With Geometry to Create Stunning, Lively Drawings

We don’t always appreciate how much geometry can be found in nature. The golden ratio, which is related to the Fibonacci Sequence, influences the …

Five-dimensional black hole could 'break' general relativity

Researchers have shown how a bizarrely shaped black hole could cause Einstein's general theory of relativity, a foundation of modern physics, to …

Black Holes

NASA Gets Serious About Its Next Big Telescope

With a view 100 times larger than Hubble's, the WFIRST scope could discover thousands of exoplanets and millions of galaxies<p>With the James Webb Space Telescope finally looking like it might meet its 2018 launch deadline, NASA is already looking ahead to the next great telescope.<p>The space agency is …

Why do our cell's power plants have their own DNA?

It’s one of the big mysteries of cell biology. Why do mitochondria—the oval-shaped structures that power our cells—have their own DNA, and why have …

Biology

Astronomers think this could be the key to finding alien life

Astronomers presumed that many of the other stars in the night sky had planets too, but this was sheer speculation.<p>We could never know for sure, the thinking went, because such planets were ridiculously small and faint. To ever see or study them seemed a complete impossibility.<p>"Extrasolar planets," …

Astronomy

Photograph Of Arctic Polar Bear Starved By Retreating Sea Ice Shows Impact Of Climate Change

Arctic photographer Sebastian Copeland captured this remarkable image showing the savage impact of climate change one of the region's most iconic …

Global Warming

Top Wonks Take Aim At Sanders Economic Estimates

Recent claims about Bernie Sanders' economic proposals are hurting the Democratic Party, say four former White House economists.<p>In an "open letter" posted Wednesday morning, former Council of Economic Advisers chairs blast a recent analysis from UMass-Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman …

Middle-class

These Beautiful Paintings Turn Depressing Climate Change Graphs Into Art

These might look like cute watercolor paintings, but Jill Pelto’s art is based on hard data. Literally–the paintings are constructed around graphs showing climate change data. It’s like a deluxe, artisanal Excel chart.<p>Pelto describes herself as both an artist and a scientist, and her paintings draw …

The Clintons really don’t get it: False attacks and failed strategies as Hillary repeats 2008

They’re distorting Sanders’ plans and ham-handedly using Obama and race. It’s a dangerous game and a losing plan<p>The 2016 New Hampshire presidential primary was the most significant in the 64-year history of that venerable institution, surpassing even the mythic 1968 battle by which Gene McCarthy …

Middle-class

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

LIGO

Why I Choose Optimism Over Despair: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

"We can be pessimistic, give up and help ensure that the worst will happen," says Noam Chomsky. "Or we can be optimistic, grasp the opportunities …

Computer Science

Einstein's weirdest prediction is true, and will soon radically transform our understanding of the universe

NASA<p>Have no doubt: Gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, are real and undulating across the universe at incredible speed — …

Breathtaking Bronze Sculptures Celebrate the Visual Poetry of the Human Form

Michael James Talbot is a master at creating breathtaking bronze sculptures that venerate the gentle tension and balance of the female form. The London-based artist is well known for his exquisite pieces that are intricate celebrations of the human body. Reminiscent of classic Greek and Roman style …

Art

NASA Heralds a New Age of Space Travel With These Fantastical Posters

Visit Venus, Jupiter and even Earth in this voyage through space.<p>Having enticed potential spacefarers with a glimpse of the future of space travel to exoplanets in this previous series of posters, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory once again fleshes out the vacation of the distant future with the …

Say "Hello" to the Spaceship That Will Bring Humans to Mars

NASA — It sent men and women to the moon, it safely carried them back to Earth and now it has its sights on its most ambitious target yet: Mars.<p>But …

Space Exploration

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Religion

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

There’s no space for today’s young Einsteins

The gravitational waves theorist saw physics as no one else did, but if he was around today his time would be spent chasing grants or tenures<p>The discovery of gravitational waves has been hailed as yet another vindication of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, unveiled a century ago. …

Physics

The phony in American politics: how voters turn into suckers

History tells us that the skeptical American people are easily conned when confronted with the promises of politicians. In 2016, the hairstyles may have changed but the schtick remains the same<p>Donald Trump recycles the hits in arena gig to the Tampa thousands<p><i>Then I’ll get on my knees and pray</i><i>We</i> …

Baton Rouge

North Korea has a strange and surprisingly effective campaign in Africa

For the antagonists of the Cold War, Africa was a political canvas. Conflicts both rhetorical and military could be waged in proxy across the old colonial heartlands without temperatures rising to a dangerous degree in Washington or Moscow.<p>Yet for some the canvas that the continent offered was also …

North Korea

“They’re all corruptions of American democracy”: Race, vote buying and the insidious new assault on the poor

Five dollars and a pork chop sandwich for your vote? That’s the going rate in Louisiana. A famed historian explains<p>Mary Frances Berry is one of America's most prominent civil rights and social justice activists, as well as a distinguished historian, author and academic administrator. Although she …

Government

Photos: Artist Ai Weiwei has draped Berlin’s concert hall with 14,000 refugee life jackets

Ai Weiwei has been a harsh critic of Europe’s response to its refugee crisis.<p>He recently set up a studio on the Greek island of Lesbos, the main entry point for tens of thousands of refugees who make the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey. He is working on several projects that highlight the …

North Africa

26 years ago, Carl Sagan gave us an incredible perspective on our planet

As NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Sagan, who was a member of the mission's imaging team, pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system.<p>The resulting image, with the Earth as a …

Space

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