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Sex makes babies
As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?
Let’s Fact-Check The Lion King
Does the wildlife in Disney’s masterpiece actually hold up against real African biology?
Dracarys: How Would A Dragon Fare On A Modern Battlefield?
Every week, we get to see dragons dominate the battlefields of Westeros. But how would they fare against modern armies?
The structure of evolutionary theory — in pictures
Evolutionary theory is unlike any theory in the rest of the natural sciences because it not only has but celebrates the utility of multiple…
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What the Stars Have to Teach Us About Communication
An astronomer turned data scientist’s perspective
Quantum Computing: A Primer (A16z mini-moocs notes)
Here’s the summarizing key points from A16z’s Frank Chen and the things that he had learned in doing field research on Quantum Computing. I…
Can Hackers Save This Man’s Hearing and Eyesight?
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Who will use the open data?
Data labs, and the scant motivations for sharing data in basic science
Are new meat substitutes truly better than the real thing?
You Probably Won’t Get A Chance To Design Your Baby And That’s A Good Thing
We’re getting close to casually tinkering with our genomes, but some very important limitations to this ability
Let us breathe
An allegory for physicists
The Science Behind: A Sweet Tooth
I am part of the 51% of Americans who consider themselves to have a sweet tooth. This lovely little bastard is the reason why I stuff my…
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Ask Ethan: What’s the quantum reason that sodium and water react?
Drop a chunk of sodium metal into water, and a violent reaction ensues. But it’s more than just chemistry at play.
Why Researchers Are Figuring Out How to Hack Climate Change with Solar Shading
Starting with the Industrial Revolution (or perhaps even earlier), humanity began an unintentional manipulation of the climate of planet…
Scott K. Johnson
How Geoengineering Really Works & Why It Isn’t Terrifying
Learning From the Feynman Technique
They called Feynman the “Great Explainer.”
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As drought looms, could this team of scientists prove cloud seeding works?
With drought parching the West, seeding clouds for snow is more important than ever.
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When is stress good for you?
The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime
Humanity needs science to survive and thrive
The greatest advances in human history have come from science and scientific knowledge. Don’t stop now.
If Your Doctors Can’t Cure Your Cancer, Maybe You Can
Hit with a rare disease, Onno Faber formed a startup to hack it. He’s taking on conventional medicine in the process. Part 1 of a series.
Audiocast: Synthetic Biology: Our Salvation or Annihilation?
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The corruption of modern academic medicine — How your doctor was bought
Many doctors are genuinely puzzled why much of the general public does not trust what they say. For example, there’s the GOOP story…
Dr. Jason Fung
The Search for the Battery of Tomorrow
Battery advances might not move as fast as those for computer chips, where the 50-year-old principle known as Moore’s law holds that the…
How Batteries Work & Why They’re So Frustrating
The Science of Going All-In
Research has found that having a backup plan might actually sabotage your efforts toward Plan A.
How 8th Grade Detention Led to a Google Partnership
Were you a troublemaker in school?
Black Holes and Big Bang are the Old Stories
Are you a fan of old stories? Old stories are very interesting, and often can give inspirations. For example, the story of Prometheus…