Marcia Connor

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Read This Before Zapping Your Brain

Have you bought your transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) head-set yet? You've heard of this, right? It's a device with electrodes that zap …

When it comes to calculating pi, two wrongs might make a right

A great deal of time has been spent working out the facts about pi. At one point, the "facts" were wrong. And a mathematician caught the error by …

The Quantum Mechanics of Fate - Issue 9: Time

“The objective world simply <i>is</i>, it does not <i>happen</i>,” wrote mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl in 1949. From his point of view, the universe is …

Infographic: The Worst Place To Live In The U.S. If You Hate Crappy Weather

The East Coast sustained YET ANOTHER gross winter storm yesterday. Clutching umbrellas and swaddled in scarves, those of us stuck in this bitter weather started fantasizing about up and leaving for anywhere that’s not here (even–gasp–Florida). So where should we all go? A new visualization by …

Weather

Why Watson and Siri Are Not Real AI

Douglas Hofstadter is a cognitive scientist at Indiana University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. While the face of the artificial intelligence field today is IBM's Watson or Apple's Siri, Hofstadter says these have nothing to do with thinking …

How Nutrition In One Generation Can Change The Genetics Of The Next

A Cambodian case study finds that people developing diabetes today have parents who went hungry in the 1970s.<p>So many adults in Cambodia are getting diabetes at such a young age, it's unbelievable. "You can go to every village with me and see it," endocrinologist Lim Keuky told PRI. "When I go …

Pesticides are everywhere, and more dangerous than you realize

They're sprayed in abundance, but research on these chemicals remains surprisingly scarce<p>Most of us think we're protecting ourselves from noxious chemicals with half-superstitious gestures: filtering the water we drink a pitcher at a time, or confining ourselves to the organic aisles of …

The Art of Science: Hiroshi Sugimoto Gets Right to the (Infinity) Point

Hiroshi Sugimoto, <i>Mathematical Model 009, Surface of revolution with constant negative curvature</i>, 2006<p>Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is best known …

How the Seashell Got Its Stripes

By Elyse Graham<p>January 23, 2014<p>Scientists have long suspected that the stripes, zigzags, and spirals on mollusk shells have a neurological origin, …

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

The astonishing story of Nick Brown, the British man who began a part-time psychology course in his 50s – and ended up taking on America's academic establishment<p>Nick Brown does not look like your average student. He's 53 for a start and at 6ft 4in with a bushy moustache and an expression that …

The Scientific Complexity in a Seemingly Simple Snowflake - The Crux

By Daniel Tammet | January 21, 2014 12:19 pm<p>Outside it is cold, cold — ten degrees below, give or take. I step out with my coat zipped up to my chin …

The Mind-Blowing Mathematics of Sunflowers

Why do the number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34, 55, 89 and 144—numbers found in the famous Fibonacci sequence? <i>Scientific</i> …

Q: If you flip a coin forever, are you guaranteed to eventually flip an equal number of heads and tails?

<i>The original question was</i>: Lets say we have a fair coin that is flipped a hundred times and at the end of the trial there have been 40 tails and 60 …

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever …

Nanotech

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 …

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Constructing the Sierpinski triangle<p>Throughout my years playing around with fractals, the Sierpinski triangle has been a consistent staple. The …

Top Picks for Smart Watches and Fitness Bands | Electronics For You

Wearables entered the Indian market with hopes to make them an “essential’ product for most smartphone users. This was initially not the case and …