This is an excerpt from The Cosmic Machine: The Science That Runs Our Universe and the Story Behind It By Scott Bembenek, PhD Democritus (c. 460 BC–c. 370 BC) was a native of Abdera in Thrace, located in present-day Greece. He traveled widely, perhaps spending time in Egypt and Persia. He also spent time in Athens: “I … Continue reading Speculations of Atoms: Democritus’ Atom
The engagement between Nature and human expression stretches back millenia. From Timpuseng cave to Walden, the relationship between the two has borne substantial fruit. The Living Forest (Timber Press), a collaboration between Joan Maloof and Robert Llewellyn belongs to this rich tradition and represents a valuable contribution to it. It's pages teem with life. Appalachian … Continue reading A Guided Journey Into the Living Forest
Evan Daniel is an artist and he is obsessed with π (pi). He's memorized that famous, non-repeating constant up to digits most people wouldn't even dream of and has incorporated it into his visual visual and performance art in novel and unexpected ways. It's pretty safe to say that π has become a part of … Continue reading Real and Irrational: Evan Daniel and the art of π
Yuri Kovalev is an astrophysicist with the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He also heads the Laboratory of Fundamental and Applied Research of Relativistic Objects of the Universe at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). Much of his research has focused on the study of active galactic nuclei. … Continue reading The Big Question with Yuri Kovalev, astrophysicist
Until recently, the evolution of early modern humans in Asia has received less popular attention than their African and European counter parts. The trend is beginning to change, particularly with the blossoming of scientific research in China. Melinda Yang is playing her part in illuminating the story of how modern Asians emerged after the African … Continue reading Conversations with Melinda Yang: Asia, evolution, and modern man
Associate Professor Wang Qing, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Engineering and his group focus their attention on understanding everything from "charge propagations in mesoscopic energy conversion and storage systems, to the development of new approaches for advanced electrochemical/photoelectrochemical energy conversion and storage." That places them in the … Continue reading The Big Question with Wang Qing
Brigitte Caramanna’s etchings range from intimate cellular landscapes to vast, otherworldly stretches of rocky terrain. Other times, she draws on organic bursts embodied by the branching of a tree or the budding of a cell. Her prints can feel unsettling, the way film negatives do. Their inversion of colors suggest a phantasmagorical alternate reality. Yet, … Continue reading The Patterned Landscape: Brigitte Caramanna’s nature etchings
Surviving a critical illness is no small feat, but it's only half the battle for many patients. Serious complications can still result after an illness appears to have cleared. One of those resulting dangers is brain dysfunction. "Many will experience cognitive impairments or emotional difficulties that are equivalent to mild traumatic brain injury and can … Continue reading Can gut bacteria be responsible for certain brain dysfunctions?
Youth sports has experienced a paradigm shift over the past 15 to 20 years. Gone are the days filled with pick-up basketball games and free play. Kids are increasingly specializing in sports. New research from two studies presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) demonstrated the substantial psychosocial … Continue reading More kids are focusing on one sport and that’s a bad thing
Bone measurement analysis indicates that the remains found on a remote island in the South Pacific were likely those of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, according to a UT researcher. Richard Jantz, professor emeritus of anthropology and director emeritus of UT's Forensic Anthropology Center, re-examined seven bone measurements conducted in 1940 by physician D. W. … Continue reading Bone analysis confirms bones belong to Amelia Earhart
The immune cells douse the bacteria with a toxic cocktail that contains, among other things, chlorine bleach. This leads to the oxidation of proteins inside the bacterial cell within seconds, resulting in bacterial death. The researchers published their report in the journal E-Life from 6.3.2018. White blood cells devour bacteria When bacteria enter the blood … Continue reading Immune cells engage in chemical warfare to kill bacteria
Immune systems that develop only partial immunity to a bacterial pathogen drive the evolution of more potent strains of the bacteria, a new study in house finches reveals. The results demonstrate how, even though the immune system is meant to protect its host, it can sometimes inadvertently help the "enemy" become stronger (by selecting for … Continue reading Sometimes an immune system response only makes things worse
Assistant Professor Ngai-Man (Man) Cheung is a researcher with the Information Systems Technology and Design Pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. His research interests are image / signal analysis, computer vision and machine learning with applications to health care. His team has invented an early skin cancer detection technology using computer vision … Continue reading The Big Question with Cheung Ngai-Man
The first decades of the 20th century saw a raft of psychological terms fall into popular usage. Freudian notions of ‘denial’ and ‘displacement’, ‘projection’ and ‘transference’, were the first to become part of everyday language; thanks to Alfred Adler, feelings of ‘inferiority’ and ‘superiority’ (and the forms of compensation that accompanied the former) were soon … Continue reading What was the beguiling spell of Jung’s ‘collective unconscious’?
Information scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Michigan have borrowed from the popular game "20 Questions," to make an important step towards helping robots maintain continuous and purposeful conversation with humans. They have developed an optimal strategy for asking a series of yes/no questions that rapidly achieves the best answer. … Continue reading This is 20 Questions, AI-style
Biochemists have made a discovery that sheds light on the molecular machinery that allows some cells, such as immune cells or even malignant cancer cells in humans, to wiggle their way through tissues like organs, skin or bones. The work, conducted in the University of Oregon laboratory of Brad Nolen, a professor in the Department … Continue reading Scientists figure out how cells take a walk
Stephen Hawking passed away last night. The following statement was released. Hawking's 1988 book, A Brief History of Time, introducesd the masses to black holes, thermodynamics, and quantum gravity.