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The Surprising Science of Why It’s Dark at Night, Animated

We’ve already seen how mankind conquered the night, but why is the sky dark after nightfall in the first place? The real reason, like most of science, is far less obvious than it seems, and far more expansive. Count on the fine folks of MinutePhysics — who have previously explained why the color …

The Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

Fat-washing: it might sound like a process for getting rid of bacon grease on your shirt, but it's actually a clever cocktail technique that adds savory flavor to spirits. To fat-wash your alcohol, you just add a liquid like sesame oil or melted butter to a spirit at room temperature. Let it sit …

Women in Science: Einstein’s Advice to a Little Girl Who Wants to Be a Scientist

Although researchers have found that “psychological androgyny” is essential for creativity, the history of human creative and intellectual endeavor is strewn with gender imbalances — nowhere more so than in science. This systemic problem is solved not simply by putting more women in the Science …

Science Discovers the Truth About Blondes

Talk about blonde ambition: after more than a decade of research, scientists have isolated the gene that determines a person’s hair color. …

The Science Behind Graduating A Class With Majority Women Engineers

A few weeks ago at Harvey Mudd’s annual commencement, we broke a record: we graduated more female engineers than male. In the class of 2014, 56% of students receiving engineering degrees were women. This is certainly the first time in Harvey Mudd’s history that we’ve had a class with more women …

Why Facebook Is Blue: The Science of Colors in Marketing

<b>Why is Facebook blue?</b> According to The New Yorker, the reason is simple. It’s because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind. This means that blue …

Amanda Cook Doubles Down with Food Science and the Culinary Arts

"I think creating and making people happy is the most gratifying part of the job."<p>Amanda Cook was <i>so</i> not expecting a James Beard nomination in 2010 that when a friend texted, "Congratulations on your JB nomination," she assumed it was a local Washington DC award and texted back, "What's that?"<p>But …

The World’s Oldest Living Things: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy

<i>“Our overblown intellectual faculties seem to be telling us both that we are eternal and that we are not,”</i> philosopher Stephen Cave observed in his poignant meditation on our mortality paradox And yet we continue to long for the secrets of that ever-elusive eternity.<p>For nearly a decade, …

How Gross Is Your Phone? A Motherboard Science Experiment

Culturing bacteria in our office mortified a couple responsible scientists.<p>All images: Derek Mead<p>All I wanted to do was recreate a relatively simple study I had just written about. Instead, I ended up creating something vaguely dangerous, which mortified the director of a local DIY biology lab. …

The Science of Dreams and Why We Have Nightmares

<i>“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind,”</i> Freud argued in his influential treatise <i>The Interpretation of Dreams</i> in 1900. <i>“The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1940. <i>“In the olden days, people</i> …

Mary Roach on the Science of Masturbation and the Outrageous Vintage Pseudoscientific Techniques for Controlling It

Human sexuality has a long history of intellectual fascination, from the first ejaculation on Earth to Malcolm Cowley’s parodic vintage prediction for sex in the techno-future to Susan Sontag’s poignant meditation on the gap between love and sex. But the recent perusal of Mark Twain’s entertaining …

Best science photography of 2013

<b>FINALISTS FOR THE EUREKA</b> Prize for Science Photography have been announced for this year, and they are as captivating as ever.<p>The <i>New Scientist</i> Eureka …

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art …

Survival of the Prettiest: Harvard Cognitive Scientist Nancy Etcoff on the Science of Beauty

<i>“That is the best part of beauty, which a picture cannot express,”</i> Francis Bacon observed in his essay on the subject. And yet for as far back as humanity can peer into the past, we’ve attempted again and again to capture and define beauty. For Indian philosopher Tagore, beauty was the Truth of …

The 13 Best Science and Technology Books of 2013

On the heels of the year’s best reads in psychology and philosophy, art and design, history and biography, and children’s books, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continues with the finest science and technology books of 2013. (For more timeless stimulation, revisit the …

Science vs. Religion: 50 Famous Academics on God

The dialogue between science and religion is among humanity’s oldest and most controversial, drawing each era’s greatest thinkers into some of history’s most heated debates. We’ve previously looked at a BBC documentary on the complex relationship between the two and 7 essential books on the …

Cognitive Science Honors Its Pioneers And Leaders

Every year in mid- to late summer, cognitive scientists from around the world gather expectantly in a hotel foyer or a university courtyard, eager to learn that year's winner of the David E. Rumelhart Prize. Established in 2001, the yearly award honors "an individual or collaborative team making a …

Hay Festival: the science behind Star Wars

Author Mark Brake and astrophysicist Jon Chase explain why the unworldy planets depicted in the Star Wars films may not be light years away from the truth<p>Appearing at the 2014 <b>Hay Festival</b>, science enthusiasts Mark Brake and Jon Chase explained how some of the astrophysics and technology on show in …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Sales<p>Sweater season is coming.<p>18 Photos14 hours agoView More<p>Drinking<p>Say goodbye to the stuffy speakeasy.<p>By The Editors of GQ2 days agoView …

30 Days of “Quantum Poetry” Celebrating the Glory of Science

<i>“The ideal scientist thinks like a poet and works like a bookkeeper,”</i> the influential biologist E.O. Wilson said in his spectacular recent conversation with the former Poet Laureate Robert Hass, exploring the shared creative wellspring of poetry and science. A beautiful embodiment of it comes from</b> …

The Science and Philosophy of Friendship: Lessons from Aristotle on the Art of Connection

<i>“A principal fruit of friendship,”</i> Francis Bacon wrote in his timeless meditation on the subject, <i>“is the ease and discharge of the fulness and swellings of the heart, which passions of all kinds do cause and induce.”</i> For Thoreau, friendship was one of life’s great rewards. But in today’s cultural …

How To Be Sexy (According To Science)

<b>Get A Hot Mom</b><p>A group of horny mice moms (shut up, that's totally a thing) recently gave new meaning to the term "I got it from my mama" when …

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'Life Keeps Changing': Why Stories, Not Science, Explain the World

Author and journalist Jennifer Percy was a committed physics major until a Lawrence Sargent Hall story showed her a more satisfying way to approach life's complexities.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan</b> …

The science behind your everlasting tattoo

We rarely stop and think about the science of tattoos. In fact, some people don’t even stop and think before getting tattooed.<p>We <i>kind of</i> know the reason they last forever … because the ink goes so deep into your skin that it can never wash off … or something?<p>It’s not that simple. As this fascinating …

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Science Is Not Democratic

And it’s not supposed to be. When that happens we start burning books, burning witches and making some very bad decisions. We’re not there yet, but we are seeing a very worrisome trend.<p>President Obama touched on this very subject while speaking to the League of Conservation Voters’ Capital Dinner …