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Geek Tragedy: A New Doc Explores The Bright Life And Sudden Death of Aaron Swartz

By Hugh Hart5 minute Read<p>Documentary maker Brian Knappenberger would have been more than happy to tell both sides of the story surrounding the bright …

Heil Hipster: The Young Neo-Nazis Trying to Put a Stylish Face on Hate

It’s a rainy Sunday evening in May, in the town of Weiden, in northeastern Bavaria, and Patrick Schroeder, whom the German press has dubbed the …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Learning a second language at any age may slow the brain's decline

Bilingual education in schools has long been a political hot potato -- it was banned in California by a 1998 ballot measure, which the state Senate is now asking voters to repeal. But politics aside, there's an increasing amount of scientific support for the benefits of knowing (at least) two …

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

You can't just open up a living brain and see the memories inside.<p>So Roberto Malinow, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent years trying to find other ways to understand how memories are made and lost. The research — right now being done in rats – should lead to a …

Rise, O Machines: Why Hollywood's Best Robot Stories Are About Slavery

<i>Almost Human</i> wasn’t great television. But the short-lived series—it was cancelled this week by Fox after a single season—had its moments.<p>The pilot showcased the casual murder of an android cop by the show’s human protagonist, and his sneering disgust towards the robot replacement assigned to him. …

Meet The Man Who Wants To 'Grow' The Blackest Color In The World

Imagine the color black. Perhaps you envision a piece of coal, the ebony stripes of a zebra or the depths of outer space. Now imagine a color darker than black. Darker than that piece of coal, that stripe or the mysterious corners of the world beyond our planet.<p>This color -- a hue absent of all and …

QBism: Is quantum uncertainty all in the mind?

It’s not quantum theory that’s uncertain <i>(Image: Matt Murphy)</i><p><i>The microscopic world described by quantum theory seems a strange, confusing place</i> …

Scientists Just Created The Best Simulation Of The Universe Ever

A new simulation of the evolution of the universe is one of the most accurate ever created. The model, developed by a team of scientists led by Mark Vogelsberger at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, traces the history of the universe from shortly after its birth to present day and captures …

How the Blind Dream

Science & InnovationOnly Human<p>Most of my dreams are boring. I’m typically talking to someone I know, either on the phone or in person, in a familiar place. The conversations tend to include ideas that I’ve read about or experienced recently in my waking life. Some of my dreams don’t even have the …

New to nature No 119: Osperalycus tenerphagus

An odd, worm-like species of mite uses hydraulic pressure to stretch and contract its body<p>Even knowing that mites are one of our world's hyper-diverse taxa with seemingly endless anatomical and life-history variation, I cannot help but be surprised when I learn about a species like the newly …

Cold Vs. Flu: Which Do You Have?

Illustrated By Sydney Hass.<p>Cold and flu season is upon us. And, while we can all agree that having those germs attack from every angle is <i>the worst</i>, …

5 Classic Men's Shoes For Work And Play

Durand Guion, vice president and men's fashion director at Macy's Inc., explains the difference between men's shoe styles and how to get beyond wearing just black or brown.<p><i>Produced by Alana Kakoyiannis. Additional camera by Justin Gmoser.</i><p><b>Keep up with BI Video on Facebook and YouTube</b>

Proof That Black And White Will Never Go Out Of Style

There's just something about the classic black and white combo. It gives off a suit-and-tie vibe that makes an outfit feel more dressed up than usual.<p>This week on Instagram, we've been seeing all things black and white, whether they were mixed and matched or simply worn as a head-to-toe solid …

The future of particle physics?

Just over a year ago I was up a mountain, in fog and hail, at the South-Western tip of Sicily. Along with about fifty other delegates, I was discussing the future of particle physics. This was the Erice meeting where we drafted the update of the European Strategy for particle physics. Although the …

Your Next Cooking Oil Could Come From Hemp

A new strain of hemp produces oil with all the qualities needed for fine frying.<p>Agricultural hemp produces strong and decay-resistant fibers, a versatile oil, and requires little in the way of herbicides, since it outcompetes weeds. Hemp oil isn't widely used for cooking, though, partially because …

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar

A British professor's 1972 book about the dangers of sugar is now seen as prophetic. So why did it lead to the end of his career?<p>A couple of years ago, an out-of-print book published in 1972 by a long-dead British professor suddenly became a collector's item. Copies that had been lying dusty on …

I don't know what I think

When I was about half way through Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking Fast and Slow</i>, a meticulous and perturbing dissection of the ease with which our capacity for making judgements can be… well, perturbed, it suddenly occurred to me to wonder whether the expert psychologist had been canny enough to write …

The Science of Stupid: Galileo is Rolling Over in His Grave

So here’s a fine howdy-do for Galileo Galilei: Exactly one day—<i>one flipping day</i>—after the great man’s 450th birthday, on Feb. 15, 2014, a study by …

Why Does White Noise Help People Sleep?

A white noise machine is the simplest solution to blocking out noise.<p>On its face, flipping on white noise before hitting the sack must be the most counterintuitive idea out there. Want to sleep better? Simple solution: make a bunch of noise. Sweet dreams ahoy.<p>And yet, not only do some people swear …

What Should You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser? Study Proteins, Naturally

Forget about making James Bond wince or shooting down drones, scientists have found a much more appropriate use for the world’s most powerful laser — …

Scientific knowledge is as much about culture as education | Sylvia McLain

One in four Americans doesn’t know that the Earth revolves around the Sun, but this says much more about culture than it does about education<p>A recent US National Science Foundation Study of more than 2,200 randomly sampled American adults suggests that a quarter of Americans do not know that the …

From tides to the colour of spinach: your science questions answered

<b>Q Each evening on our local Meridian TV, high tide times are given for resorts on the south-east coast. Occasionally a single resort may have just one, by contrast with those around it. Why is this?</b> asks Barry Walshaw<p>A On the face of it this seems like quite a puzzle, but a little scientific …

Uzbekistan Will Test Kids' Genes To Find Future Olympians

The (controversial) plan will go live in early 2015.<p>To spot future olympians, it's common practice to wait to see if youngsters are actually good at any given activity. But the central Asian country of Uzbekistan will begin testing the genes of kids as young as 10 to try and find future champion …

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Interactive Infographic: The Search For Other Earths

Here are all the planets outside our solar system.<p>Astronomers announced they had discovered planets around other stars—the first so-called extrasolar planets—in 1992. Other discoveries came a few years later, one by one at first and then in a steady stream by the mid-2000s. The Kepler mission …

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Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …