An NBER paper from 2015 tracks the decline in corporate spending on basic science in R&D, which has become a practical, application-focused line-item in corporate budgets, creating a safe, predictable, and slow cycle of innovation.
Deepmind’s AlphaGo Zero — which taught itself to play a remarkable game of Go in just 72 hoursRead More
The field of epigenetics continues to make interesting discoveries about environmental effects on genetic material. A team led by Thomas McDade found that children’s experiences affected their DNA, which in turn affected suscepitability to certain diseases. Via Smithsonian:
Their investigation followed more than 500 children in the Philippines and found that certain childhood situations canRead More
FRB 121102, a fast radio burst signal first picked up in 2012, was just observed emitting many new bursts of energy. Scientists from SETI and Breakthrough Listen were both very excited by the new findings.
ZME Science quotes Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and of the Breakthrough Listen program,Read More
In 1971, astronomer Frank Drake, the father of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, drew a map pinpointing Earth in our galaxy. That diagram, a “pulsar map,” was etched on a plaque designed by Frank and Carl Sagan and first carried into space in 1972 by the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. In 1977, the pulsarRead More
In this TEDx Talk, science writer and umbraphile (an “eclipse chaser”) David Baron emphasizes the importance of witnessing a total solar eclipse firsthand (eye?) at least once in your lifetime.
In 1998, Baron traveled to Aruba to experience his first one:
Well, about 10 minutes before the total solarRead More
A scrap dealer cleaning out a deceased engineer’s basement in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania found two massive 1960s computers, magnetic tape data storage systems, and hundreds of tape reels, all of which was marked as the property of NASA. The scrap dealer called NASA to report what he found and the agency’s Office of theRead More
Soaring to a millions views in a matter of hours, this video (permalink) illustrates the trials and tribulations of science. Come for the experiment, stay for the peer review.
report this ad There’s something magical about this 2014 video, which very suddenly goes from one YouTube genre (the intringuing at-home science experiment) to anotherRead More