The Struggle to Predict—and Prevent—Toxic Masculinity

Since that 1993 paper, hundreds of studies have tested pieces of Moffitt’s idea. Moffitt herself has worked on a few prospective studies, following kids through life to see if they fall into her categories, and then trying to figure out why. For example, she worked with the Dunedin Study, which followed health outcomes for more […]

There’s No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

There’s No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

Let’s be clear—airplanes are complicated. Sure, it’s entirely possible to get a piece of paper and fold it in a particular way so that it flies. But the physics of flight isn’t trivial. It’s even harder to give an explanation of the forces on a flying aircraft in a short video—which is what I did […]

Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses

Inside the Panoptic Studio, the Dome That Could Give Robots Super-Senses

In a chilly basement room at Carnegie Mellon University sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment, part that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in. Wires and electronic boxes stud the walls, which curve nearly 14 feet in the air. But this space wasn’t built for subatomic particles, and it wasn’t built for […]

Permafrost Experiments Mimic Alaska’s Climate-Changed Future

This story originally appeared on High Country News and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Struggling to keep my balance, I teeter along a narrow plankway that wends through the rolling foothills near Denali National Park and Preserve. Just ahead, Northern Arizona University ecologist Ted Schuur, a lanky 6-footer, leads the way to Eight Mile Lake, his research […]

You Don’t Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

The online storefront for the consumer genetics company Orig3n features an image of a young woman facing toward a sepia horizon. Her tresses are wavy, her triceps enviably toned. Her determined stance complements the copy floating beside her: “Take charge of your future,” it reads. “Orig3n DNA tests uncover the links between your genes and […]

Snakelike Skin Gives a Robot the Power to Crawl

Snakes, serpents, danger noodles. Whatever you call them, you’ve gotta respect them. I mean, have you tried getting around without any arms or legs? (Also, they can bite you.) The snake’s ambulatory secret is its special belly scales, which grip a surface like cleat spikes to help the reptile push forward. And now that secret […]

Solve Genomics with the Blockchain? Why the Hell Not

Scientists lust after genomes like the wolf from a Tex Avery cartoon, heart pounding in throat, tongue lolling, fist pounding on the table, submarine-dive-ahOOOgah!-alarm sounding—all out of desire for the hot, hot data curled coaxingly inside every one of your cells. Think of all the information tucked into those sinuous DNA spirals—and the life-saving discoveries […]

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off Boston Dynamics’ Door-Opening Robot Dog

Watch a Human Try to Fight Off Boston Dynamics’ Door-Opening Robot Dog

Hey, remember that dog-like robot, SpotMini, that Boston Dynamics showed off last week, the one that opened a door for its robot friend? Well, the company just dropped a new video starring the canine contraption. In this week’s episode, a human with a hockey stick does everything in his power to stop the robot from […]

Winter Olympics 2018: The Physics of Blazing Fast Bobsled Runs

I don’t know very much about bobsleds—but I know quite a bit about physics. Here is my very brief summary of the bobsled event in the winter Olympics. Some humans get in a sled. The sled goes down an incline that is covered in ice. The humans need to do two things: push really fast […]

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