Michael E. Roman

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Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control

We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have …

During a 1994 blackout, L.A. residents called 911 when they saw the Milky Way for the first time

More like the City of <i>Too Much</i> Light…<p>In 1994, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rumbled through Los Angeles at 4:30 a.m. The shaking woke residents, who …

Five technologies that will change how we live | Financial Times

1. Biotech<p>Since the early 2000s, the cost of sequencing a human genome — determining the precise order of nucleotides within DNA molecules that …

The New Face of American Unemployment

As the U.S. labor force crests again, a new complex of problems locks many Americans out of the workplace.<p>By Jeanna Smialek and Patricia …

Eating Toward Immortality

Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.<p>Knowing a thing means you don’t need to believe in it. Whatever can be known, or proven by logic or evidence, doesn’t need to be taken on faith. Certain details of nutrition and the physiology of eating are known and knowable: the …

Apparently most of us are cooking rice wrong and it could be harming our health

You think you’re a pro at cooking fluffy, light rice. You simply add two cups of water to every cup of rice. Hell, you even add special seasoning to …

Quantum Loopholes And The Problem Of Free Will

Last week’s post about dark matter and ordinary atoms was prompted by a question from a colleague in the psychology department. That question, in turn, originated in an argument he was having with someone else, who was arguing that exotic physics could provide justification for “free will.” This is …

Pope's economic ideas rattle GOP

He draws crowds like a rock star, was named “Person of the Year” by Time as well as a gay rights magazine, and drew the ire of Rush Limbaugh for his criticism of “trickle-down” economics. Pope Francis has dramatically shifted the message and tone of the Vatican in the last nine months, and he’s …