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The War on Reason

Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.<p>Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating.<p>Part of the attack comes from neuroscience. Pretty, multicolored fMRI maps make …

Heroin Addiction's Fraught History

The United States has long condemned opiates and stigmatized those who use them, even when the drugs were as legal—and popular—as Tylenol.<p>Though the first autopsy proved inconclusive, let’s assume that Philip Seymour Hoffman did in fact die from a lethal heroin overdose. Let’s choose to believe …

Beautiful Science at the British Library – in pictures

A new exhibition at the British Library in London celebrates the ability of a gorgeous graphic to tell the story of data, revealing an important truth about our world. Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight – which runs from 20 February to 26 May – explores how scientific maps and …

First Study Of LSD's Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

Today <i>The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i> published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured …

Type 1 Diabetes Finally Explained

Let me say this with no exaggeration. My whole life, all day, all night, every day and each night is about keeping my blood sugar between the red and yellow lines. Whether I'm wearing, or not wearing, my continuous glucose monitor (CGM), screen pictured below.<p><i>(The little white dots between the red</i> …

Diabetes

Tiny Beauties: Life's Smallest Wonders As Seen Through a Microscope

Honorable Mention: Proboscis of a blowfly.<br>Michael Gibson—Olympus Bioscapes<p>1 of 20<p>The universe's wonders are all around us -- you just have to look …

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The 17 equations that changed the course of history

Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.<p>In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient table on Dr. Paul Coxon's twitter account by …

Mathematics

10 of the Maddest Scientists Who Ever Lived

From guzzling bacteria to dueling for mathematics, these scientists pulled some of the craziest stunts in the history of the profession.<p>What would you do for science? These scientists gave everything you had to achieve some of the most important advances we know today. From guzzling bacteria to …

Anatomical Collages by Travis Bedel | Colossal

<p>Mixed media artist Travis Bedel creates stunning collages that merge anatomical imagery with illustrations from science guides and textbooks. You …

No More Knife: The Stem-Cell Shortcut To Injury Recovery

Stephan Drake was halfway down a backcountry ski run in Alaska last March, filming with Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia, when he aired over a steep spine onto an unexpected wind crust. The snow grabbed his right ski and Drake felt the unmistakable <i>snap!</i> of his knee ripping apart as he rolled …

Stem Cells

The One Extraordinary Skill All Prodigies Share

Their working memory is much, much better than everyone else’s.<p>We all know a child prodigy when we see one. If you’d been there when Mozart composed his first piece of music at age 5, or when Picasso finished his first painting at 9, or when math genius William James Sidis entered Harvard at 11, …

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What are gravitational waves?

What does the apparent discovery of gravitational waves by the Bicep telescope say about inflation and the big bang?<p>What are gravitational waves?<p>Gravitational waves are ripples that carry energy across the universe. They were predicted to exist by Albert Einstein in 1916 as a consequence of his …

A New Material For Night-Vision Contact Lenses

The material is based on graphene.<p>Nobody has made night-vision contact lenses yet… but here's a glimpse at how that technology might work, if it ever comes to be.<p>University researchers have created a super-light, super-thin material that detects infrared light. Infrared includes the wavelengths of …

PTW Baxter obituary

My friend, the social anthropologist PTW (Paul) Baxter, who has died aged 89, made a significant contribution to western understanding of the Oromo peoples of northern Kenya and Ethiopia and championed their culture, which was frequently denigrated by colonial and local elites.<p>His work on the …

Strong Link Established Between Trust and Intelligence

If you don't trust this study's conclusions, you must not be smart. (Joking.)<p>Conventional wisdom has a few things to say about trusting strangers--all things being equal, it isn't generally considered a wise thing to do. Perhaps surprisingly, then, new research has found a strong link between …