The placebo effect is not the "power of positive thinking." The fact that it is getting stronger is not a good development.
The following is an excerpt from Viruses, Pandemics, and Immunity by Arup K. Chakraborty and Andrey S. Shaw. Reprinted with Permission from The MIT PRESS. Copyright 2021. Koch’s Postulates, Anthrax, […]
Paintings played an important role in these ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, pigment is not nearly as durable as marble.
Roger Penrose used mathematics to show black holes actually exist. Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel helped uncover what lies at the center of our galaxy.
An article in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry raises questions about the goal of these advocacy groups.
Congratulations to Penrose, Ghez and Genzel, and to black hole enthusiasts everywhere. On October 6, 2020, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded towards research in black holes. 50% of […]
The attack on the Capitol forces us to confront an existential question about privacy.
This image is a composite of the Ring Nebula (Messier 57). This combines new Hubble Wide Field Camera 3 data with observations of the nebula’s outer halo from the Large […]
The study provides initial evidence that open, strong postures can improve children's mood and self-esteem.
Hoag’s object is a bizarre and unusual ring galaxy, with an old population of stars in the central nucleus well-separated from a younger, bluer population of stars in an outer […]
Some intellectuals use charisma and deception to obscure the holes in their arguments. Here is how to see through their smokescreen.
Signals from across the universe point toward a fascinating possibility.
Most of us will never run a 4 minute mile. But on a bicycle, almost anyone can do it. As human beings, we often take for granted how our bodies work. […]
Aerial view of the Virgo gravitational-wave detector, situated at Cascina, near Pisa (Italy). Virgo is a giant Michelson laser interferometer with arms that are 3 km long, and complements the […]
As electromagnetic waves propagate away from a source that’s surrounded by a strong magnetic field, the polarization direction will be affected due to the magnetic field’s effect on the vacuum […]
In the Standard Model, the neutron’s electric dipole moment is predicted to be a factor of ten billion larger than our observational limits show. The only explanation is that somehow, […]
Scientific surprises are often how science advances. But more often than not, they’re just bad science. When you’re a scientist, getting an unexpected result can be a double-edged sword. The best […]
In 1946, Albert Einstein gave a talk at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania: the United States’ first degree-granting historically black college or university. Fostering a sense of belonging in a supportive […]