Sleights of Mind

What the neuroscience of magic reveals about our brains Neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the exciting new discipline of NeuroMagic — and also members of the Magic Castle, Magic Circle, International [...]

From cancer to quantum, teens’ scientific feats celebrated

Winners of the 2012 Intel ISEF show the promise of science for improving the world New ways to detect cancer, search online social networks and link atoms using quantum physics took the highest honors this week at the 2012 Intel International [...]

Young scientists, inventors and mathematicians score big

Cancer sensor, a better way to search tweets, and quantum teleportation are among research highlights at a global high-school-science competition Gordon E. Moore Award winner Jack Andraka is flanked by Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award [...]

Nanosilver, away!

Adam Noble, a 12th-grader from Lakefield, Canada, has developed a process to remove nanosilver, a potentially harmful pollutant, from waste water. Credit: Patrick Thornton, SSP A new way to treat municipal wastewater uses microorganisms to [...]

Chillin’ in the desert

Simple, inexpensive and eco-friendly fridge keeps fruits and veggies fresh for days Fawzi Al-Mitwalli (left) and Nour Maraqa have developed a low-cost, solar-powered desert cooler that can prevent spoilage of fruits and vegetables for more [...]

Trilayer graphene exhibits quantum effect

Three could be the magic number for making spintronic devices from thin carbon sheets When stacked like lasagna noodles, the thinnest material on the planet changes what it can do — and what those trying to make devices out of it might do [...]

A result of zero doesn’t always mean zero results

Forlorn graduate students sometimes turn to a publication called The Journal of Negative Results.* In graduate student mythology, it’s the repository for toiled-over experiments that produced nothing — no effects, no detections, no differences, [...]

UK company to build Sun satellite

Ralph Cordey from Astrium UK explains how the craft will be built to survive its mission to the Sun British industry will lead the production of Solar Orbiter (SolO), a spacecraft that will travel closer to the Sun than any satellite to date. SolO [...]

Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins chat God, politics in final interview

British-born journalist and atheist intellectual Christopher Hitchens, who made the United States his home and backed the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, died on 15 December 2011 at the age of 62. Hitchens died in Houston of pneumonia, a complication [...]

Richard Dawkins: Illness made Hitchens a symbol of the honesty and dignity of atheism

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011): Christopher Eric Hitchens was an English author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career spanned more than four decades. He was a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, [...]