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Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation? - The New York Times
Meanwhile, in the U.S., two visionaries were also campaigning for a greater collaborative relationship between modern art and science: Gyorgy Kepes, who founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. in 1967, and the artist Robert Rauschenberg, who, around the same time, co-founded E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) with the engineers Billy Kluver and Fred Waldhauer and artist Robert Whitman, to initiate and support collaborations between artists and scientists. (Their most publicized project was a series of installations, including a water-vapor sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya and physicist Thomas Mee, made for the dome at the 1970 world’s fair, Expo ’70, in Osaka, Japan.) Two years later, NASA invited Rauschenberg to witness the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon — an experience that resulted in ‘‘Stoned Moon,’’ a remarkable series of lithographic prints.
art  technology  science  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Promethea Unbound — The Atavist Magazine
A child genius raised in poverty, she wanted to change the world. Then a horrific act of violence nearly destroyed her.
theatavist  crime  science  children  poverty  genius 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can a Giant Science Fair Transform Kazakhstan’s Economy? - The New York Times
With Expo 2017, the former Soviet Republic is trying to wean itself from oil and create a new global financial hub.
Kazakhstan  economy  science  expo2017  nytimes 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Prairie Dogs Talk? - The New York Times
An Arizona biologist believes that their sounds should be considered language — and that someday we’ll understand what they have to say.
animals  science  nature  language  communication  nytimes  nytimesmag  prairiedogs  biology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
When the Lab Rat Is a Snake - The New York Times
Why Burmese pythons may be the best way to study diabetes, heart disease and the protective effects of gastric-bypass surgery in humans.
burmesepythons  burmesepython  snakes  pythons  medicine  lab  science  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Of Mice and Mindfulness - The New York Times
Mice do not, so far as we know, practice meditation. But in order to study how that activity affects human brains at the cellular level, researchers at the University of Oregon managed to put murine brains into a somewhat equivalent state. Their experiments, reported in March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest new ways of investigating how a person’s brain can constantly reshape itself.
mice  meditation  mindfulness  science  technology  nytimesmag  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.) - The New York Times
A new initiative to beam messages into space may be our best shot yet at learning whether we’re alone in the universe. There’s just one problem: What if we’re not?
nytimes  nytimesmag  science  outerspace  lifeonotherplanets  extraterrestrials 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe - The New York Times
As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.
nytimes  nytimesmag  voyager  nasa  science  technology 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Great A.I. Awakening - The New York Times
How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.
machinelearning  artificialintelligence  ai  nytimes  google  nytimesmag  googletranslate  technology  science 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
New Purple Pig-Nose Frog Found in Remote Mountains
The striking species lives underground and comes out to mate only when it rains.
science  nationalgeographic  animals  purplepignosefrog  westernghats  india 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is There a Giant Planet Lurking Beyond Pluto? - IEEE Spectrum
A race is on to discover Planet Nine using classical astronomy and new computational techniques
solarsystem  planets  pluto  astronomy  spectrum  science 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How to safely enjoy the 2017 solar eclipse, a buyer’s guide for normal people
On August 21, 2017 across the entire United States, the Moon will move in front of the Sun, partially blocking it from our view. For those on the path of totality, the Moon will entirely block out the Sun for more than 2 minutes. I’ve been looking forward to seeing a total solar eclipse since I was a little kid, so I’ve been doing a lot of research on what to buy to enjoy the eclipse safely. Here’s what I’ve come up with
science  kottke  eclipse  events 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? Italian Farm Acts as a Lab to Find Out - The New York Times
After a series of powerful earthquakes struck Italy last year, Martin Wikelski rushed here to test a hunch that has tantalized scientists and thinkers for millenniums: Can animals anticipate natural disasters?
science  technology  earthquakes  naturaldisasters  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Botanist in Swedish Lapland - The New York Times
On the trail of Carl Linnaeus the Swedish scientist who gave names to much of the natural world nearly 300 years ago.
sweden  science  botany  carlinnaeus  nytimes  lapland 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Goodbye, Columbia - Washington Monthly
The Columbia shuttle was to be a revolution for NASA. But a year before its first launch, the shuttle was several years behind schedule, had cost $1 billion, and wasn’t guaranteed to ever get off the ground.
nasa  spaceshuttle  spacetravel  outerspace  science  technology 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Atomic John - The New Yorker
A truck driver uncovers secrets about the first nuclear bombs.
thenewyorker  nuclearbomb  nuclear  history  johncostermullen  science 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Inside America’s Premier Psychedelics Conference - The New York Times
In a packed, cavernous space one weekend late in April, a crowd of thousands was becoming increasingly amped up. Rainbow hair was commonplace, purple silk pants were sighted, and the smell of marijuana drifted in from a designated smoking area nearby. Audience members watched the stage with avid interest, leaping to occasionally shoeless feet to applaud and cheer.

This wasn’t Coachella, taking place the same weekend some 500 miles south, or any other music festival, but a five-day convention of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), its first in four years. Rather than rock stars, scientists from schools like Johns Hopkins and N.Y.U. were the main attraction, bringing evidence to the medical case for psychedelics like psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) to assuage end-of-life anxiety, to help deepen meditation practices, to search for the shared underpinnings of spiritual life, and — in a new study — to explore a possible treatment for severe depression.
nytimes  psychedelicdrugs  therapy  science  health  mentalheath  psychedelicstudies  psychotherapy 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What the Octopus Knows - The Atlantic
A scuba-diving philosopher explores invertebrate intelligence and consciousness.
theatlantic  science  octopus  intelligence  philosophy 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Time Travel Therapy - The Atlantic
Can Building a Fake 1950s Downtown Help Dementia Patients?
dementia  alzheimers  theatlantic  science  therapy 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Pleistocene Park - The Atlantic
In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.
environment  russia  climate  science  theatlantic  pleistocenepark  climatechange 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How One Man’s Face Became Another Man’s Face
Patrick Hardison’s face was not always his own. Three months ago, it belonged to a young Brooklyn bike mechanic.
newyorkmagazine  science  medicine 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Blue Zones: What the Longest-Lived People Eat (Hint: It's Not Steak Dinners)
On April 7th, the book “Blue Zones Solutions” will hit the shelves. In it, Dan Buettner, CEO of the eponymous organization describes his work over the last decade visiting and studying populations throughout the world where people live extraordinarily long, healthy, and happy lives.
diet  lifestyle  science  nutrition  bluezones  danbuettner  ScientificAmerican 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.
cocacola  health  nytimes  science  obesity 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
LeBron James' Unfathomable Workload
Last Tuesday a group of leading sports scientists gathered in Northern England to watch the NBA Finals. That wasn't the intended reason for the gathering. The idea was for top trainers and scientists, from teams like the Premier League's Southampton and Manchester United along with England, Scotland and Welsh rugby clubs, to hear from Michael Young, noted expert from the Athletic Lab. They wanted to learn what the latest research said about keeping highly paid athletes healthy and at their competitive best.
lebronjames  basketball  sports  science  conditioning  fitness  espn  stress 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Dropping in on the 'Door to Hell'
Forty years ago, a vast molten cavity known as the Darvaza crater – nicknamed the "door to hell" – opened up in the desert of north Turkmenistan, and has been burning ever since. Now, Canadian explorer George Kourounis has become the first to make the descent into the fiery pit to look for signs of life
turkmenistan  doortohell  theguardian  science  geology 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
My Great-Great-Aunt Discovered Francium. And It Killed Her.
Just after Christmas of 1938, a young woman named Marguerite Perey — then 29, with a plain, open face, her eyes intent upon her work — sat at a bench in the Radium Institute of Paris, a brick mansion near the Jardin du Luxembourg....
nytimes  nytimesmag  francium  science  chemistry  history 
december 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Great Forgetting
On childhood amnesia, or why we don’t remember much before age seven.
childhood  memory  neurology  science  aeon 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Mind Readers
Thousands remain trapped between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them
dreams  science  neurology  medicine  mosaic 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Sexy Beast
The Mysteries of the Giant Pacific Octopus
thestranger  science  octopus  animals  biology  octopuses 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Masters of Love
Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.
theatlantic  relationships  love  marriage  science 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Porklife: building a better pig
How have the farm animals of today been shaped by centuries of domestication and selective breeding? Sujata Gupta investigates.
agriculture  farming  science  technology  pigs  mosaicscience  breeding 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden

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