Jaws : Classic Film, Crummy Science

the blockbuster film jaws s'been a perennial favorite here on martha’s vineyard since its release 45 yrs ago. the epic 1975 feature film, shot onna vineyard in iconic places like the picturesque fishing village of menemsha, pits a fictional seaside…

When Math Gets Impossibly Hard

we like to say that anything is possible. in norton juster’s novel the phantom tollbooth, the king refuses to tell milo that his quest is impossible cause “so many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re…

The astrophysicist Françoise Combes receives the CNRS 2020 Gold Medal

this yr’s cnrs gold medal s'been awarded to françoise combes. her work as an astrophysicist has enabled her to identify molecules inna far reaches of the universe and unveil the secrets of galaxies and dark matter, making her 1-odda leading…

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

as a high school student inna mid-1990s, pace nielsen encountered a mathematical ? that he’s still struggling with to this dy. but he doesn’t feel bad: the problem that captivated him, called the odd perfect № conjecture, s'been round for…

Why Trump-Favoring Voters Ignored a Deadly Hurricane Warning

pplz who livin' the southern u.s. are used to evacuating when severe hurricanes are headed their way. yet inna case of 2017’s hurricane irma—which was the costliest tropical cyclone ever to hit florida and caused $50 billion in damages inna…

Hormonal treatments for prostate cancer may prevent or limit COVID-19 symptoms – Harvard Health Blog

men ‘ve roughly twice th'risk of developing severe disease and dying from covid-19 than women. scis say this is in pt cause women mount stronger immune reactions to the disease’s microbial cause: the infamous coronavirus called sars-cov-2. now research with…

The Warped Epistemology of Conspiracy Theories

the novel coronavirus pandemic has spawned numerous conspiracy theories, sometimes replicating faster than the virus itself. some pplz ‘ve ru+d that sars-cov-2 was engineered in a chinese lab as an act of biological warfare, others insist that the vaccine against…

Black holes of the third kind

virgo and ligo ‘ve just anncd the detection of gravitational waves produced by the oldest and most massive src ever envisaged. the discovery reveals the existence offa class of black holes that had never b4 been detected, and ‘d explain…

Reducing inequalities to save the planet

the economist and cnrs senior researcher gaël giraud offers a sobering assessment of the global trend towards privatisation and its dangers for the environment, along witha new perspective onna concept of common wealth. several studies in recent yrs ‘ve highlited…

An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence

it’s time to feed the blob. seething and voracious, it absorbs 8 dinner-pl8-size helpings every few 2nds. the blob is a cloud of turbulence na'large wata tank inna lab of the university of chicago physicist william irvine. unlike every other…