NASA’s rover Curiosity touched down deep in a Martian crater early Monday after a picture-perfect descent and landing, beginning what promises to be the most ambitious planetary mission in history.
via NASA mission to Mars: Rover Curiosity touches down – The Washington Post.
Fascinating… asking test subjects to think more globally (in terms of the relationships between the parts that make the whole) reduced the bias that makes people think of women as body parts.
People were also better at discerning women’s individual body parts than they were at men’s individual body parts, further confirming the local processing, [...]
The other day, my wife suggested a Carnegie Science Center-related post. Only once before — in 2003 — has she volunteered a topic like that, so I took her up on the offer.
I’ve noticed that, on every trip to the CSC, my wife slips away to browse the museum store while I’m watching the [...]
Why don’t states require students to take four years of English and math, and three or four years of science? Why isn’t there a class dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of writing? For that matter, why don’t we require more than two years of history or social studies and foreign language? The students want it—69 [...]
July 20, 1969: astronauts from Apollo 11 visited the lunar surface.
Yes, the Mars rovers are cute and wonderful, but I do feel bad that my kids didn’t have the space shuttle program to look forward to, as I did.
Okay, the dramatic music and the studio lighting on the talking heads may be a notch or two over the top. But there’s no argument from [...]
Imagination is a powerful social tool. The novel provides us with a sustained window into another world, while still exercising the creative faculties that make us co-creators of the worlds we read about. Having said all that, I am aware that there may be some confirmation bias operating, as I here introduce an article that [...]
Good example of journalistic storytelling, delaying the ending of the story a bit to keep you reading, without appearing to be deliberately coy. (We know from the headline that the story ends happily.)
This is a medical container. Inside is a trachea, a carefully constructed human windpipe, seeded with 60 million stem cells from a [...]
In November of 1964, Frank Plaskon, of McKeesport, was a 24-year-old Special Forces Ranger out of Fort Bragg, N.C.
Frank was part of a team dispatched to the USS Requin now berthed on the Ohio River at the Carnegie Science Center.
“And I can’t believe that 48 years later it’s right here in my hometown,” [...]
This is not encouraging.
The scientists tested three types of soap dispenser, in both lab and real-world settings. Of the three variants, the dispensers that were refillable from a giant bottle of liquid soap were by far the filthiest, leading to a 26-fold increase in handwashers’ bacteria levels. –Health – Brian Fung – Soap: How [...]