Understanding Magnetite: More Complex Than Anyone Thought

Just in case anyone’s New Year’s resolution involves continuing education, here is a much-anticipated guide to Fe3O4, magnetite, the lodestone, the most magnetic natural material on earth, and one with a bright future in science. by Victoria Martinez We’ll never know exactly when humans first began to use magnetite as compasses but we do know [...]

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Hey Science! Try Checking the Historic Record

by Sarah Boon, Our long observation of the natural world has yielded many interesting secrets, enhancing our scientific knowledge and leading to changes in policy and legislation. For example, measurements of CO2 concentrations at Mauna Loa since 1958 have shown a steady increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, while satellite images of Arctic regions since [...]

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Gained in Translation: What simultaneous interpreters have taught us about the human brain

By Allison MacLachlan  Modern life without language is impossible to comprehend, or rather, just impossible. Language and speech are central to how we convey information and emotion, form bonds, conduct business, and organize ourselves into productive societies. To communicate ideas, facts, and feelings – and understand what others mean when they speak – is a [...]

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