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    A Mind That Unraveled DNA & Chased Consciousness

    In his most recent book, Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist, Christof Koch wrote that he has known only one genius: Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule. “In a lifetime of teaching, working and debating with some of the smartest people on the planet, I’ve encountered brilliance and high achievement, but […]

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    What If the Universe Didn’t Start With the Big Bang?

    Last week, researchers using the Planck spacecraft to study the skies announced that the polarization of light spotted by the BICEP2 experiment could be entirely explained by dust swirling around the Milky Way. This news was a bucket of cold water on the theories of many cosmologists: It meant that BICEP2 might not have been […]

  • Lightman_4

    Ingenious: Alan Lightman

    The physicist on writing, the writer on physics.

  • Sapolsky_HERO

    Ingenious: Robert Sapolsky

    The primatologist and neurologist talks turbulence—teens, stress, and the information age.

  • Dedeo_HERO

    Ingenious: Simon DeDeo

    Cosmic microwaves and crime.

  • Savin_HERO

    Ingenious: Daniel Wolf Savin

    Illuminating the birth of the stars.