Earliest known piece of polyphonic music discovered
New research has uncovered the earliest known practical piece of polyphonic music, an example of the principles that laid the foundations of European musical tradition.
The most influential scientist you may never have heard of
Gaze at Alexander Von Humboldt's 1814 self-portrait and you peer into the eyes of a man who sought to see and understand everything. By this point in his life, at age 45, Humboldt had tutored himself in every ...
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Canada scientists bargain for right to speak out
A union representing 15,000 Canadian government scientists said Wednesday their right to speak publicly about their work regardless of what they discover should be addressed in contract negotiations.
Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize
Russia's richest man says he is returning a Nobel prize he bought at auction for $4.7 million just days ago to the man who put it on the block: controversial American geneticist James Watson.
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In Mississippi, education money gap grows to $1.5B
In a state with a long history of lousy education, and a bad habit of not paying for it, nowhere is the problem more profound than in this tiny town in the middle of Mississippi.
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape
The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study.
'Text overlap' clutters scientific papers, arXiv analysis finds
Computer text analysis of a huge database of scientific papers shows a large amount of "text overlap," where authors use text from previous papers of their own and others, not always with attribution. This ...
Can anyone be a journalist? Researcher examines citizen journalism
A new article detailing the relationship of two U.S. Supreme Court cases and how they work together to uphold freedom of expression has been published in the Georgia Law Review by William E. Lee, professor of journalism in ...
The dark side of research – when chasing prestige becomes the prize
I love my job. I'm trying to understand how plants build themselves out of thin air. It's exciting, it's creative, it's beautiful and on top of all that it's important and useful. I like working with other ...
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Colin Firth the neuroscientist? Real-life role reveals ethical dilemma in science
As you snuggle by the fire this holiday season to watch Love Actually, you should know that you're also viewing the work of a published academic neuroscientist. That's right – actor Colin Firth is cited ...