Seeing swirling snakes

Brain scientists watch the eyes of people watching an optical illusion These circles seem to squiggle perhaps because of blinks and tiny eye movements called microsaccades, say scientists in a new study. Credit: Akiyoshi Kitaoka You’ve got [...]

Stuart Firestein – “The Values of Science: Ignorance, Uncertainty, and Doubt” – TAM 2012

Dr. Stuart Firestein of Columbia University discusses the value of “thoroughly conscious ignorance” in propelling scientific advancement. Live on stage from TAM 2012. With a special musical introduction from TAM emcee George Hrab.

Stuff You Should Know's First-ever Crowd-sourced Quiz

Sure, Josh and Chuck know a lot of trivia gleaned from past Stuff You Should Know episodes, but so do SYSK listeners. To give you guys a shot, we’ve compiled this quiz made up entirely of questions posed by @SYSKPodcast followers [...]

Tiny fossil tells big tale

Scientists use a single finger bone from ancient, humanlike Denisovans to study their connection to modern people and Neandertals The Denisova Cave, in Siberia, is home to the only remains of the ancient Denisovans. Credit: Max Planck Institute [...]

Learning in your sleep

Sleeping and learning go hand in hand, studies have shown for years. Even a brief nap can boost your memory and sharpen your thinking. But the relationship goes deeper than that. In a new study, scientists report that the brain can actually [...]

Fooling the mind’s eye

If you’ve been to a magic show, you’ve almost certainly witnessed the mesmerizing trick in which a showman saws his female assistant in half. The woman lies down, her body seeming to extend the length of the table or some box. The magician [...]

Gender Equality in Elected Office: Applying the Six Step Action Plan to the Egyptian case

Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School This session asks participants to consider applying the Six Step Action Plan to a country in the midst of revolutionary change as one specific case study — Egypt. In particular, participants [...]

Gaia:#06: Gaia Payload Module Integration Completed

Integration of the Flight Model of the Gaia Payload Module has been completed. It has undergone acceptance vibration testing; thermal balance and thermal vacuum testing will be carried out towards the end of this year. Gaia Payload [...]

Hip hop and spoken word at Harvard

Harvard Law School graduate Bryonn Bain brings his dynamic teaching style to campus this fall with his new course “Hip Hop and the Spoken Word: Theater Performance Laboratory.” An author, actor, poetry champion, prison activist, [...]

Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post-Disaster Recovery | Post-Disaster Japan

Program on US-Japan Relations / Edwin O. Reischauer Insitute of Japanese Studies Speaker: Daniel P. Aldrich Associate Professor of Political Science, Purdue University Moderator: Susan J. Pharr Director, Program on US-Japan Relations; Edwin [...]