Revolutions in Science – Scientific American

Introduction Science, Upendedby Andrea Gawrylewski Section 1: Biology & Evolution 1.1    Life Springs          by Martin J. Van Kranendonk, David W. Deamer and Tara Djokic 1.2    The True Colors of Dinosaurs          by Jakob Vinther 1.3    The New Origins of Technology          by Kate Wong 1.4    The Meaning of Lichen          by Erica Gies 1.5   … Read more

Sometimes Science Is Wrong – Scientific American

In 1996 scientists announced the astonishing news that they’d discovered what they believed might be signs of ancient life inside a meteorite from Mars. In 2014 astrophysicists declared that they’d found direct evidence at last for the “inflationary universe” theory, first proposed in the 1980s. What these assertions had in common was that they were based on research by … Read more

What Causes Alcohol-Induced Blackouts? – Scientific American

One minute you’re enjoying a nice buzz, the next your brain stops recording events that are taking place. The result can mean having vague or no memory of a time period ranging anywhere from a few minutes up to several hours. Scary—isn’t it? Unfortunately, alcohol-induced blackouts aren’t a rarity, either. A 2015 survey of English … Read more

Family Traditions Boost Happiness – Scientific American

Some people go home for the holidays hoping just to survive, burying their attention in their phones or football to avoid conflict with relatives. Yet research now suggests that is the wrong idea. Family rituals—of any form—can save a holiday, making it well worth the effort of getting everyone in the same room. In a … Read more

James Webb Space Telescope: The scientific mysteries no other observatory could unravel

When scientists planned and designed the Hubble Space Telescope, the most groundbreaking astronomical observatory of its era, there were many things about the universe they didn’t know. One of these unknowns was that stars and galaxies existed already a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, Mark McCaughrean, senior advisor for science and exploration … Read more

Embracing the Mess – Scientific American

Individuals often overestimate how harshly others judge a messy, chaotic life Credit: Scientific American MIND, Jan-Feb 2022 Advertisement The pandemic has been a hard time for most people, even if not everyone is struggling in the same way. Families, for example—mothers in particular—had to shift their routines drastically to accommodate remote schooling schedules for kids, … Read more

Scientists Say We Should Rethink Moons as Planets… And Reinstate Pluto

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has a very strict definition of the word “planet”. According to the definition – drafted, tweaked, and agreed upon in August 2006 – an astronomical body is officially a planet if it orbits the Sun, has sufficient mass to be spherical, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit.   … Read more