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.
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.
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.
First 100 days are critical period for microbe exposure.
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.
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.
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.
Deaf children who learn to sign early may boost their brainpower in ways unrelated to language. “Most deaf children are born to hearing families, and most hearing parents do not sign with their newborn deaf children,” clinical neuropsychologist Peter Hauser, who is deaf, explained February 12. “The deaf children, as a consequence, have very limited exposure to sign language,” signed Hauser, of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.
Self-control is not just a puritanical virtue. It is a key psychological trait that breeds success at work and play - and in overcoming life’s hardships.
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.
Like a story by Victor Hugo as told to Neil Simon, the events leading up to the creation of the atomic bomb involved accidental encounters among larger-than-life figures, especially two who did not get along - but had to. William Lanouette profiles the disciplined Italian physicist Enrico Fermi and the brilliant but lackadaisical Leo Szilard.
Video games could transform education.
We haven’t stopped huge breaches. The focus now is on resilience, with smarter ways to detect attacks and faster ways to respond to them. In November 2014, an especially chilling cyberattack shook the corporate world - hackers, having explored the internal servers of Sony Pictures Entertainment, captured internal financial reports, top executives’ embarrassing e-mails, private employee health data, and even unreleased movies and scripts and dumped them on the open Web.
In this issue: "How Bad Will Trump Be for Climate Policy?" by David Victor; "Trump's Impact on Clean-Energy Businesses" by Peter Fairley; "Amazon's Next Big Move: Take Over the Mall" by Nicholas Carr; "Mark Zuckerberg Is Funding a Facebook for Human Cells" by Antonio Regalado; "Web Pioneer Tries to Incubate a Second Digital Revolution" by Tom Simonite; "The Decline in Chinese Cyberattacks: The Story Behind the Numbers" by Mara Hvistendahl; "On Patrol with America's Top Bioterror Cop" by Antonio Regalado; "Companies Bet on Designer Bacteria as New Way to Treat Disease" by Antonio Regalado.
A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security.
Studying how the mind and brain work sounds like it ought to be about as futile as trying to grab handfuls of air. Yet psychology, neuroscience and related fields have made amazing progress. This special issue of Scientific American reviews just a sliver of the discoveries that investigators from around the globe have made about the workings of our inner lives. The breadth of subjects tracks the vastness of thought.
"It was pretty good..."
A few Tesla drivers are rewriting the programming in the Model S to make the car do interesting new things.
When Southwest Airlines pilot Paul Watson lands in a new city, he often strikes out to visit the labs of local scientists studying Down syndrome. He likes to stay current because his 14-year-old son, Nathan, has the condition. And Watson can take some credit for one idea spreading among parents: that the drug fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, might actually treat Down syndrome.
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.