The Reading Revolution

For years scientists have asserted that language is the one characteristic that sets humans apart from animals. The ability to speak and communicate is believed to have emerged around 50,000 years ago, along with the development of tools, and the increase in brain size. Scientists have identified the Broca’s and…

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MIT Scientists Produce Hybrid Material

According to a paper published in Nature Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists recently have incorporated inorganic matter with living cells to develop a material that has properties of living and non-living things using E.coli bacteria. Led by Timothy Lu, a professor of electrical engineering and biological engineering, MIT…

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Curing the Silicon Addiction

Every few years, we demand that the next iteration of phones, computers, and tablets be faster than the last. What we fail to think about is that each new iteration requires a technological innovation, someone in a research lab has to create a new and better way of making CPUs.…

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Reconstructing Memories

On September 11, 2001, when I was seven years old, I sat in an elementary school classroom, watching footage of a plane crashing into the Twin Towers on a small television screen. My mother tells me she also remembers exactly what she was doing when the world found out about…

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Evolution and Consciousness

Archaeopteryx, found in 1861, was the first transitional fossil discovered that suggested intermediate forms between feathered dinosaurs and modern birds. Unearthed just years after Darwin published “On the Origin of Species”, Archaeopteryx seemed to support Darwin’s theories about evolution. Since then, 28 other transitional species between birds and dinosaurs have…

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