August 30th, 2012 Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) was a aerospace engineer, Navy pilot, test pilot, university professor and did something else I’m not sure of. Oh right, he was an astronaut and was the first human to set foot on the moon! Silly me. I’m sure you’ve all read many tributes and better-written obituaries to this great man, so I’ll just be brief. In my opinion the most impressive thing about Armstrong was his humility. NEIL ARMSTRONG: A giant among men
Can Playing the Computer Game “Tetris” Reduce the Build-Up of Flashbacks for Trauma? A Proposal from Cognitive Science
Screenshot of a tetromino game. People who play video puzzle games like this for a long time may see moving images like this at the edges of their visual fields, when they close their eyes, or when they are drifting off to sleep. Tetris effect
Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation
To Predict Dating Success, The Secret's In The Pronouns : Shots - Health Blog hide captionPeople who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says. iStockphoto.com People who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says. On a recent Friday night, 30 men and 30 women gathered at a hotel restaurant in Washington, D.C. Their goal was love, or maybe sex, or maybe some combination of the two.
Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses Photos via GoogleGoogle showed off its first venture into wearable computing, called Project Glass. FacebookTwitterGoogle+SaveEmailSharePrint If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry.
Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool. A few seconds later, you reach into the box and pull out a full-size footstool: The sand has assembled itself into a large-scale replica of the model. That may sound like a scene from a Harry Potter novel, but it’s the vision animating a research project at the Distributed Robotics Laboratory (DRL) at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Self-sculpting sand
The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson
How the Potato Changed the World | History & Archaeology When potato plants bloom, they send up five-lobed flowers that spangle fields like fat purple stars. By some accounts, Marie Antoinette liked the blossoms so much that she put them in her hair. Her husband, Louis XVI, put one in his buttonhole, inspiring a brief vogue in which the French aristocracy swanned around with potato plants on their clothes. The flowers were part of an attempt to persuade French farmers to plant and French diners to eat this strange new species. Today the potato is the fifth most important crop worldwide, after wheat, corn, rice and sugar cane.
Back in August, I reported on an ACMD study buried in the back of a UK government report. The study gave strong evidence that the current drug classification scheme in the UK was fundamentally flawed and was not based on the actual danger of a given drug. The study has now been published in this week’s issue of The Lancet . Study Finds Alcohol and Tobacco More Harmful than Marijuana, LSD, or Ecstasy (Revisited) : The Scientific Activist
homepage.psy.utexas.edu/homepage/group/busslab/pdffiles/Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism - Final Published 2011.pdf
When Truisms Are True Is there any psychological truth to such metaphors for better thinking? Our research suggests that the answer is yes. When people literally — that is, physically — embody these metaphors, they generate more creative ideas for solving problems. Recent advances in understanding what psychologists call “embodied cognition” indicate a surprisingly direct link between mind and body.
Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011
SExpand IBM's "neurosynaptic" chips are the closest thing to a synthetic brain yet
I've had such a problem with the way the news outlets have covered this so far. So I wrote a little note: Dear Media, Online gamers have managed to solve a decade-old scientific puzzle. In three weeks.
Where did all the nothing go? | Sci-ence! A Skeptical Comic and Blog. Nothing used to be intuitive. I mean the concept of ‘nothing’.
ROBO-ONE 13: Taekwon-V vs. Garoo
When we think of life on Earth, most of us think of multicellular organisms, like large mammals or massive trees. Researchers evolve a multicellular yeast in the lab in 2 months
Are smart people ugly? The Explainer's 2011 Question of the Year Illlustration by Charlie Powell. It's been a few weeks since we posted the questions that the Explainer was either unwilling or unable to answer in 2011. Among this year's batch of imponderables were inquiries like, Are the blind sleepy all the time?
BBC Nature - Chimpanzees consider their audience when communicating 29 December 2011Last updated at 17:01 By Victoria Gill Science reporter, BBC Nature
Cagebreak! Rats Will Work To Free A Trapped Pal
Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time
Does taking medication for cold symptoms delay your body's ability to fight the illness? : askscience
List of common misconceptions
Blindness eased by historic stem cell treatment - health - 25 January 2012
Features of a successful therapeutic fast of 382 days' duration -- Stewart and Fleming 49 (569): 203 -- Postgraduate Medical Journal
Fecal Transplants: They Work, the Regulations Don’t | Wired Science
HIV Treatment as Prevention
My Man, Sir Isaac Newton
NASA Beams Beatles' 'Across the Universe' Into Space