Friday Roundup: Asteroid Almost Hits Earth, AI Beats Doctors, and Plants Reject Mutated Genes?

I talked about why it’s easier for us to recognize something than it is to remember it, even though the information is clearly sitting in our brain somewhere. A 13-story asteroid passed closer than our satellites today. Biotechnology transforms a bacterium into a living computer. Are we witnessing the birth of a black hole first [...]

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Friday Roundup: 17 Billion Earth-Like Planets, Bionic Eyes, Wind Cheaper than Coal, and Suicidal Tumors

Earth-like planets are everywhere. Kepler discovers another 461 potentially habitable planets, bumping the total count up to 2,740, and estimating a total 17 billion of them in the Milky Way. Australian wind energy is now cheaper than coal. African physicists develop the world’s first digital laser, which would allow the manipulation of laser beam shapes without additional lenses and [...]

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Friday Roundup: Quantum Smelling, Evolving Solar Cells, and Magnetic Transistors

Featured Science Book This Week:

The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos (CBC Massey Lecture)

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Friday Roundup: Medical Tractor Beams, Glowing Tumors, and DNA Computer Files

Tons of breakthroughs in genetic science this week, possible new physics, astronomers getting ready to snap a picture of our galaxy’s black hole, and more.

This Week’s Science Book:

Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind

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Burnt Out: What Spit Tests and Brain Scans Tell Us

Some estimates put the number of North Americans and Europeans suffering from burnout at about ten percent. The word “burnout” might sound like flimsy psychobabble, but science is showing us differences between the brains of people suffering from it, and those who don’t.

Some call it exhaustion depression, and others call it work stress, but what is really happening, and what can we do about it?

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Friday Roundup: Commercially Scalable Nanotubes, Solar Powered Vertebrates, and a Breakthrough for Biofuels

Yet another series of shocking discoveries this week:

This Week’s Featured Book:

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World

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