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Science Corner: Theoretical Tinker Toys

This would normally be my longer end-of-month post, but I’m switching things around during this Lent season. For the following 5 weeks, I’ll be ruminating on the topic of miracles and how they interact with our understanding of nature and science.Read more…

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Science Corner: Dancing in the Sunshine

The second law of thermodynamics gets trotted out all the time, especially in conversations about evolutionary biology. Less familiar are principles of maximum entropy production, which deal specifically with systems that are not in equilibrium (everything the same temperature). Most ofRead more…

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Science in Review — Movie Magic

Hollywood loves the idea of a genius. Amadeus, The Social Network, A Beauiful Mind, to name but a few cinematic portraits of brilliant men, men who apparently have a direct line to the rarified realm of mathematics and music, perhaps evenRead more…

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Science Corner: All the Brilliant Ladies

It is both conventional wisdom and a statistical reality that gender representation is not equal in all STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) disciplines. When I enrolled at Carnegie Mellon, a school known for its STEM programs, nearly twenty (!)Read more…

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Science In Review — Christmas Craft

At a neighborhood Christmas party, I had a lively and stimulating conversation about some of the technical elements of filmmaking–editing, cinematography, action choreography, and the like. Neither my neighbor nor I work in the field, and we don’t have seriousRead more…

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Science Corner: Good Grief! Even My Dogma Has Gone Commercial!

Well, this is interesting. Over in Science, we have the headline “Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions.” Meanwhile, the Huffington Post’s science blog says religious believers will become a world minority, and ultimately perhaps disappear entirely, thanksRead more…