Ode to a Dreamer of Dreams

Dear Dr. Sacks, Like the late Carl Sagan, you have a gentle way of magnifying everything into brilliant resolution and reminding us of our place in the universe. I always look forward to reading your books and opinion pieces, as you put which things matter into perspective. Last month, I was quite delighted to read …

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Top Ten Favorite Scientists

I was recently asked to make a list of my top ten favorite scientists, and after some deliberation, these are the people I chose: Richard Feynman: While Feynman made outstanding contributions to our understanding of quantum physics and to the Manhattan project, he is perhaps most remembered for his teaching as evidenced by the still-beloved …

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The Creative Power of Destruction

Today, I ran into a beloved biochemistry professor of mine at the groundbreaking ceremony for UGA's new Science Learning Center. I told him about a book I'm reading called Life Unfolding: How the Human Body Creates Itself by Jamie Davies and about how Chapter 17 began with a quote off a car bumper sticker: "Support bacteria--they're the …

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Through the Looking Glass of Science

  "The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes." ―George Sand "To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." ―William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" "If you're …

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Happy 104th Birthday, Dorothy Hodgkin!

Today, Google celebrates the legacy of British chemist Dorothy Hodgkin with a doodle on its homepage. Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, born May 12, 1910 in Egypt but raised in England, was fascinated by crystals from a young age and received a book authored by Nobel Prize-winning physicist William Henry Bragg on her 16th birthday, sparking her …

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Suspended in a Sunbeam: On Being Awestruck

Lately, I have been discovering many stories on awe-inspiring phenomena and the benefits of experiencing such phenomena. Just a few days ago, The Huffington Post shared a video showcasing the wonders of the universe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4obs0h-p9v4 A year ago, performance philosopher Jason Silva created a video discussing psychologist Nicholas Humphrey's thoughts on the biological advantage of  being awestruck: Jason Silva now hosts a webseries …

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New Element Confirmed!

The periodic table has just received a recent addition in the form of super-heavy element 117. A US-Russian collaboration first announced the creation of the new element, temporarily being named ununseptium, in 2010. In a press release, Professor David Hinde of the Australian National University Nuclear Physics Department, one of the authors of a paper published today in …

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