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The Light Stuff Aug 24, 2015
The Light Stuff
An illuminating show.
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The light bulb needs changing.  Edison’s incandescent bulb, virtually unaltered for more than a century, is now being eclipsed by the LED.  The creative applications for these small and efficient devices are endless: on tape, on wallpaper, even in contact lenses.  They will set the world aglow.  But is a brighter world a better one?

Skeptic Seth Aug 17, 2015
Skeptic Check: Skeptic Seth
A day of critical thinking.
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Are you skeptical?  Sure, you raise an eyebrow when some Nigerian prince asks for your bank numbers, or when a breakfast cereal claims that it will turn your kid into a professional athlete overnight.

Solar System Vacation Aug 10, 2015
Solar System Vacation
Get away from it all.
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Ever gone bungee jumping on Venus?  Of course not.  No one has.  However your great-great-great grandchildren might find themselves packing for the cloudy planet … or for another locale in our cosmic backyard.  That’s what we picture as we accelerate our imagination to escape velocity and beyond – and tour vacation spots that are out of this wor

The Fix is In Aug 03, 2015
The Fix is In
The science of self-repair.
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The moon jellyfish has remarkable approach to self-repair.  If it loses a limb, it rearranges its remaining body parts to once again become radially symmetric.  Humans can’t do that, but a new approach that combines biology with nanotechnology could give our immune systems a boost.  Would you drink a beaker of nanobots if they could help you fig

Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You're Sure? Jul 27, 2015
Skeptic Check: Are You Sure You're Sure?
Our ignorance about our own ignorance.
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ENCORE  Nuclear fission powers the Sun. Or is it fusion? At any rate, helium is burned in the process, of that you are certain. After all, you read that article on astronomy last week*.

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