Friday, April 3, 2009

Science Friday 040309

Hal, Call Your Office: Computers That Act Like Physicists By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
Theoretical physicists are not yet obsolete, but scientists have taken a couple of steps toward replacing themselves.

The Biggest of Puzzles Brought Down to Size By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes
With a bit of reasoning (and a cocktail napkin), you too can crack math’s imponderables.

Interactive: Quiz: Test Your Estimation Abilities, NYTimes
How many times a year does the average American teenager say the word “like”?

A Census Taker for Penguins in Argentina By CLAUDIA DREIFUS, NYTimes
Dee Boersma, a University of Washington conservation biologist, is the Jane Goodall of penguins.

The Cosmos, Surveyed By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN, NYTimes
At the Franklin Institute, instruments of exploration and investigation are on display, in the important exhibit “Galileo, the Medici and the Age of Astronomy.”

A New Look at Race and Natural Selection By NICHOLAS WADE, NYTimes
A team of geneticists has identified many fingerprints of natural selection in the human genome. More Articles in This Series

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