Esquire’s star writer Tom Junod and senior editor Mark Warren have teamed up to put a good deal of NMA hardware on the shelf. In the latest issue of the Hearst monthly, they combined to write a mondo story, “Patient Zero,” about one scientist, Eric Schadt, and his attempt to use Big Data to save the life of a woman diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, Stephanie Lee. Many were impressed. Paul Raeburn was not.
Taking a bite out of a delicious Oreo stimulates the brain in the same way that doing a line of cocaine or taking a shot (a shot?) of morphine will, according to a new study. So that explains why Cookie Monster is so desperate for his next fix.
Popular Science is showing a more personal side.
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If you have trouble getting to work on time, perhaps instead of being a standard issue lazybones you are afflicted with Chronic Lateness Condition, which is actually a real disorder. The Evening Telegraph reports that one man named Jim Dunbar, who has been late for practically everything for his entire life, was officially diagnosed with the condition at an appointment for which he showed up an hour and a half late.
There’s something about the motion of the ocean that can evoke the need to pee–or it could just be all those High Lifes you crushed while soaking up the rays. Peeing in the ocean is pretty nasty, though beachgoers tend to operate on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” pee policy.
Tonight the moon will come 15,000 miles closer to the Earth and will be full. This combination of proximity and brightness results in a phenomenon known as the supermoon–by far the brightest and largest full moon we’ll see all year. As we are still primitive beasts loping madly across the plains and will surely be at each others’ throats as soon as the moon is closest to us (11:35 p.m. E.T.), the Associated Press has taken it upon themselves to soothe the cresting tides of madness to come–with science!
The relatively-elusive novelist Cormac McCarthy has deviated from his job as novelist from time to time, and whenever he does—whether a rare appearance for press duties on his book, or a project that isn’t a novel—it usually makes a fuss. This one’s no exception. Cormac McCarthy, copy-editor, has emerged, and with him are some strong ideas about punctuation.
Science vs. Art
Say what you will about investment banking as a benefit to and/or plague on the finance sector, economy, New York City, and the universe in general. Now there’s science to back the idea that, yes, investment banking is actually, medically ‘bad’ for one’s health. How bad? Try “insomnia, alcoholism, heart palpitations, eating disorders and an explosive temper” or at the very least “a stress-related physical or emotional ailment within several years on the job.” Science!
God is not Great
The New York Hall of Science was home to the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire this past weekend, which is like a grown-up version of your middle school science fair, but much, much cooler. Robot drummers! Super-fast dancing crutches! Glasses that let you visualize sounds as double rainbows! DIY comfy wheelchairs! Most importantly, there was a Waterfall Swing, created by Dash 7 Designs. Watch it in action:
Yesterday, The Times of London printed excerpts from Stephen Hawking’s new book The Grand Design — excerpts in which the renowned author and physicist casually called God “redundant” and explained how his existence is not essential to explaining creation. This caused quite the commotion among some members of God-centric religions. And as it often does, Read More