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The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math
Steven Strogatz
Aug. 6, 2014
Viewed through the right lens, the universal language of math connects to literature, philosophy, law, medicine, art, business, and even pop culture and current events. It underpins every aspect of our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works. Yet few of us understand math well ...
Is Time Travel Possible? Testing the ‘Grandfather Paradox’
Seth Lloyd
July 16, 2014
Time travel is a science fiction staple, inspiring the plots of countless books, movies and Star Trek episodes. But while basic physics allows for the possibility of moving through time, practical concerns like the “Grandfather Paradox,” in which a traveler jumps back in time, kills his grandfather and therefore prevents ...
The Fabric of our Lives: Cities, Slums, Neighborhoods, People
Luís Bettencourt
June 23, 2014
What is a city, and what makes Chicago so different from Los Angeles? Luis Bettencourt peers inside the city, down to the data describing its neighborhoods and its people. He shows how a city is less a place than a fabric, weaved from the threads of the individual lives interacting ...
Whiskey is for Drinking; Water is for Fighting Over
Christa Brelsford
June 2, 2014
The phrase “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over,” often misattributed to Mark Twain, succinctly describes how water is thought about in the western United States. As urban populations grow, water managers are becoming increasingly concerned about water scarcity because their traditional tools for managing growing demand for ...
The Biodistribution of Iron in the Metallome as Time's Arrow
Al Crumbliss
May 22, 2014
The evolution of the biogeochemistry of iron through geological time is a useful example of the adaptation of single cell organisms to environmental change. Life has evolved such that iron is an essential nutrient for virtually every living cell. As the earth’s atmosphere changed from an anaerobic reducing atmosphere to ...
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