In this issue: "The Exercise Paradox": Studies of how the human engine burns calories help to explain why physical activity does little to control weight. "Pop Goes the Universe": The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas. "High-Flying Microbes": Aerial drones and chaos theory help researchers explore the many ways that microorganisms spread havoc around the world. "Deep-Space Deal Breaker".
In this issue: "One Man's Quest to Hack His Own Genes" by Antonio Regalado; "Critics Blast Star-Studded Advisory Board of Anti-Aging Company" by Karen Weintraub; "Questionable 'Young Blood' Transfusions Offered in U.S. as Anti-Aging Remedy" by Amy Maxmen; "10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2016: Where Are They Now?" by Tom Simonite; "5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017" by Will Knight; "Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy’s Most Promising Year" by Antonio Regalado; "For $149 a Month, the Doctor Will See You as Often as You Want" by Rachel Metz; "The Man Selling Virtual Reality to China" by Yiting Sun; "One Startup's Vision to Reinvent the Web for Better Privacy" by Tom Simonite; "Poker Is the Latest Game to Fold Against Artificial Intelligence" by Will Knight; "Robot Cars Can Learn to Drive without Leaving the Garage" by Will Knight; "The Limits of Fact-Checking Facebook" by Matt Mahoney.
In this issue: "Lab-Built Brains": Scientists copy nature's most complex organ in the hope of solving the mysteries of brain disorders, from autism to Alzheimer's. "Tangled Up in Spacetime": The collaborative project "It from Qubit" is investigating whether space and time sprang from the quantum entanglement of tiny bits of information. "Heart Therapy": Harnessing the organ's own healing properties may help prevent heart attacks and lessen the painful effects of severely narrowed coronary arteries.
Winston Churchill steered Britain through its darkest hours during World War II. He was one of the 20th century's greatest orators, and the speeches that he painstakingly composed, rehearsed, and delivered inspired courage in an entire nation. Churchill's output was prolific; his complete speeches alone contain over five million words.
Shari S. Bassuk, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Timothy S. Church, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, and JoAnn E. Mason, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explain why being active is good for many reasons beyond the old familiar ones.
Have fun with Morse Code! Knowing Morse Code is no longer required to get an amateur radio license, but many hams are learning the code anyway.
Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.
All six volumes of The Essential Letters from America, brought together for the first time in this definitive chronological collection of Alistair Cooke's finest broadcasts. Alistair Cooke was the doyen of foreign correspondents and a radio legend, entertaining millions of listeners for over 50 years in his weekly Letter from America. It was the longest-running show in radio history, and every show was a virtuoso performance.
First 100 days are critical period for microbe exposure.
Biologists have solved the mystery of one of our most misunderstood, poorly recognized, and inadequately treated medical disorders. This article was published in the August 2008 edition of Scientific American.
In this issue: "2016 World Changing Ideas": 10 big advances with the potential to solve problems and improve life for all of us. "Solar System Smashup": Our neighborhood of planets was not created slowly, as scientists once thought, but in a speedy blur of high-energy crashes, destruction and rebuilding. "HIV's Achilles Heel": Investigators hope that a three-part protein that mimics a key part of HIV particularly well could lead to a long-awaited vaccine.
In this issue: "The Emptiest Place in Space": What first appeared as a strange cold spot in an image of the cosmos led to the discovery of something even odder. "Health Check for Humanity": A global effort to develop the most comprehensive picture of the world's health started with the curiosity of a young boy in Niger. "The Coding Revolution": From the White House to Silicon Valley, the call for all students to learn computer programming is growing louder. "The Secret to Speed": New insights into the biomechanics of sprinting could give athletes a leg up at the Olympics.
Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features?
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First, hear about fish-shaped reptiles that thrived in the oceans while dinosaurs ruled the land. Then, learn about the evolutionary history of whales, the mammals that conquered the seas. The most famous of all dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex, gets a fresh look as scientists re-examine fossil evidence for clues as to the tyrannosaur¿s actual behavior. Also, learn about some ancient Australian marsupials that were as ferocious as they were bizarre. Then, "Which Came First, the Feather or the Bird?", and more.
Biologists often emphasize how little anyone really knows about the brain, the genome, and the mechanisms behind effective drugs. But this year their tune changed as diverse technologies - gene editing, stem cells, cloning, and DNA databases - coalesced into an immensely powerful toolkit for manipulating life. The message in 2015 seemed to be: “We can do anything.”
It goes without saying that building a time machine wouldn't be easy. But according to author Paul Davies, it might actually be possible.
The asteroid strike was bad. The timing was worse.
Ask anyone who has succumbed to the office doughnut right after a tense meeting: Stress eating is real. Moderate stress crumples diet-related willpower by changing the behavior of the brain, a small study suggests.
DNA analysis shows Yersinia pestis strains infected people long before Black Death.
Chemical tags on DNA could one day help assess exposure risks.
Delve into the past with Johnny Beerling as he shares stories of awe and wonder from his time with Britain's favourite radio station. Learn how he gained musical identity, staged the first ever British Rock and Pop Awards, and toured the country with the Radio 1 Roadshow, the biggest daily audience show that the BBC ever initiated. You'll quickly deplore the fact that things just ain't how they used to be.
Enjoy the late Dave Cash and his silky smooth voice as he takes you on a trip down memory lane, where two fingers were raised to the establishment and history was made. Dave was part of the first real British Pirate Radio station, where he was treated like a pop star, dabbled with drugs and lived a life far richer in experience than most. Once onboard, Cash partnered with Kenny Everett for the Kenny & Cash Show, one of the most successful of all pirate radio programmes.
In this issue: "Procuring Innovation" by Fred Kaplan; "The Hole in the Digital Economy" by David Talbot; "Rejuvenating the Chance of Motherhood?" by Karen Weintraub; "The Cancer Lottery" by Stephen S. Hall; and "Google's Long, Strange Life Span Trip" by Antonio Regalado.