The way science is represented to the public can influence understanding and expectations, frame policy debates, and affect the implementation and use of emerging technologies.
NASA's chief scientist recently announced that "…we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years." Such a discovery would clearly rank as one of the most important in human history and immediately open up a series of complex social and moral questions.
Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ. Like a colourful quilt laid over the cortex, the atlas displays in rainbow hues how individual words and the concepts they convey can be grouped together in clumps of white matter.
Dr Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes.
The universities will work with NASA on a research and development project to improve two prototype robots, who could demonstrate humanoid robots' use for space missions.
What are the odds that intelligent life evolved on Earth and nowhere else among the 20 billion trillion stars in the observable universe across 13.8 billion years of cosmic history?
For a scientist and the mathematician, the question of ‘what is real’ is very strongly linked to proof. In his Faraday seminar last month, “Is There a Place at the Science-Religion Table for Mathematics,” the mathematician and philosopher P. Douglas Kindschi, pointed out that proofs are the building blocks of mathematics so, historically, maths has had the strongest claim on what is real. Great scientific and mathematical minds of the past have been quoted saying similar things.
A madman dreams of tuning machines : the story of Joseph Weber, the tragic hero of science who followed Einstein’s vision and pioneered the sound of space-time
Considered by conservatives to be one of postmodern society’s greatest threats, moral relativism may now be a relic of the past.
The Universe is staggeringly huge. This is where we sit in a map of more than 100,000 galaxies.