Yonck: Is Intelligence Inevitable?

Yonck: Is Intelligence Inevitable?

In his new book, Future Minds: The Rise of Intelligence from the Big Bang to the End of the Universe, Richard Yonck asks: Is intelligence the natural result of progress? Or an inevitable property of the universe? If you’re a reader of Stephen Hawking, Richard’s books...
Yan: Park and Swab

Yan: Park and Swab

In a dispatch for the New York Times, direct from COVID-19 ground zero in Seattle, Wudan Yan reports on drive-through SARS-CoV-2 testing at the University of Washington. UW Medicine, Wudan writes, has been running sample collection in a campus parking garage since...
Scigliano: Farming Inky

Scigliano: Farming Inky

Demand for octopus is rising, Eric Scigliano writes in National Geographic, in part for use in Italian, Japanese, and Spanish cuisine. As wild populations decline, aquaculture is an option. But many people object for ecological and ethical reasons, and because of our...
Berkowitz: Neon Goes Wild

Berkowitz: Neon Goes Wild

Neon is usually such a quiet element. Don’t be fooled, Rachel Berkowitz explains in Physics Today (subscription required). The nobel gas has a wild side. It may drive stellar explosions that lead stars to become supernovas, avoiding the usual gravitational collapse...
Gibbs: Hot Zone Podcast

Gibbs: Hot Zone Podcast

For the Scientific American “Science Talk” podcast, Wayt Gibbs is giving weekly reports on COVID-19, from Kirkland, Washington, the original U.S. epicenter of the disease. In each episode, Wayt (@WaytGibbs) talks to experts to learn what we know about...
Arnold: Transgender Topics

Arnold: Transgender Topics

For researchers studying transgender communities, we’ve got a guide for you, writes Catherine Arnold for Continuum from the University of Minnesota (@umnlib). Catherine describes how resourceful university librarians, seeing a need for reliable scholarly...