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A Minimalist Explaination of How DNA works

BBC Knowledge and Learning is exploring a wide variety of topics from social history to science in a series of three-minute online Explainer documentaries, and commissioned Territory Studio (territorystudio.com) to produce an animated film on the subject of DNA. As Will Samuel, lead designer and animator on the project explains, the approach taken wasn’t just Read MoreRead More

Why We Love Beautiful Things

Lance Hosey discusses the science behind why we’re attracted to beautiful things. GREAT design, the management expert Gary Hamel once said, is like Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of pornography — you know it when you see it. You want it, too: brain scan studies reveal that the sight of an attractive product can trigger the part Read MoreRead More

Who Has The Best Mathematical Models For Predicting The Oscars?

Forget what movie you actually liked. And forget the experts. The hot new way to predict winners is by using quantifiable data and rigorous statistical analyses. As one quantitative Oscar-predictor wrote in the Huffington Post, “This method is entirely mathematical: no personal hunches are taken into account.” A little impersonal, but hey. This is life in the Read MoreRead More

First Ever Video Of A Thought Taking Shape Captured

For the first time, a thought in the brain of a zebrafish is captured on video. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Genetics believe they’ve captured a world first video — images of a thought making it’s way through the brain of a zebrafish. It’s not a particularly complicated thought — essentially ‘Hey, that looks Read MoreRead More

A Tour of the International Space Station

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for Read MoreRead More

Artificial Photosynthesis Could Convert Sunlight and Carbon Dioxide into Alcohol

An Artificial Photosynthesis System developed by Panasonic could solve global warming and energy issues. Efficiency levels on a par with plants have been achieved, with CO2 being converted into useful organic substances. In the future, Panasonic hopes to operate artificial photosynthesis plants, which would absorb CO2 from factories and produce ethanol.  Read More

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