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    Five Veteran Scientists Tell Us What Most Surprised Them

    Fifty years ago, who knew we’d learn to clone genes and find water on Mars?

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    What Would You Put in a Science Time Capsule?

    It’s 2014: Sixty-one years since the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA. Four hundred seventy one years since Copernicus published the heliocentric model of the universe. And one year since the Higgs Boson was discovered. In 100 years, how will we look back on today’s science? We’re building a scientific time capsule—a collection of […]

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    How Science Helped Write the Declaration of Independence

    On July 4, 1776, representatives of thirteen colonies on the eastern shores of North America signed a Declaration of Independence from England. Winning independence was still a bloody war ahead, an unlikely outcome. Declaring independence was rashness, potentially carrying a death sentence for treason. Not, perhaps, what you would expect of well-educated men, many of […]