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Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram

A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The burden of thinking

Let me speak for gray. Not black or white. Good or evil. Truth or falsity. Yes or no. Let me speak for maybe. Sort of. More or less. I think so.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Cost of Olympics vs exploration of Mars

The $2.5 billion that it cost to launch Curiosity Rover may sounds like a lot, but a Facebook group  noted, that’s pocket change compared to the cost of the London Olympics. The group compared Curiosity’s $2.5 billion number from The New York Times and the Olympic’s $15 billion estimate from Forbes in a pie chart.

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Why our memories are not always our own

Without memories, we would be lost. Yet, in an extract from his new book,the psychologist Charles Fernyhough reveals that some of our most precious recollections are perhaps not ours at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Brains See Men as Whole and Women as Parts

Evolution might underlie the different processing of female vs. male bodies. Both genders do it.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Why willpower matters – and how to get it

Willpower is a mental muscle that you can train. Those who do so are more likely to lead happy and successful lives. Read the rest of this entry »

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What makes us laugh?

A simple question with a surprisingly complex answer – understanding laughter means understanding fundamental issues about human nature. Read the rest of this entry »

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