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Ben Alford

Ben Alford works in Indiana Public Media's online dimension and holds an M.A. from Indiana University Bloomington's History and Philosophy of Science department. When not vegetating in front of a computer screen or geeking out over a good book, he can be found outside exploring.

Recent posts by Ben

January 3, 2012

 

headphones

Your Sense Of Hearing Could Use A Vacation Too

Do your ears a favor in 2012 and resolve to turn down the volume.

December 23, 2011

 

EARTHCORE

Between A Hard Place And A Hard Place

Scientists armed with diamond anvils are pushing their investigations deeper and deeper into the center of Earth without actually having to go there.

December 13, 2011

 

abacus little girl

Women Are As Naturally Good At Math As Men

New research shows it's high time to trash the long-held notion that women are biologically determined to be worse than men at math.

December 8, 2011

 

christmas lights

Why the Penguins And Polar Bears Don’t Like Your Lights

No extra coal for the fire, no lights: maybe old Ebenezer Scrooge had it right -- environmentally speaking, at least.

December 7, 2011

 

Roundworm

C. elegans Casts Doubt On Kurzweil’s Impending Singularity

What the connectome of a humble nematode has to say about a futurist's prophetic vision.

December 6, 2011

 

Clock

The Extreme Powers of Ten, Temporal Edition

Femto and Attosecond sciences are investigating time scales more fleeting than we can possibly comprehend.

November 22, 2011

 

Colorful Brain

Hyperactive Neurons To Blame For Unusual Sensory Melding

Some people report seeing colors when they read text or tasting flavors when they listen to music. Elevated neuronal responsiveness could be to blame.

November 21, 2011

 

Morus Alba

Can’t Hold Still: A Showcase Of Tropisms And Rapid Plant Movement

From subtle tropisms to blazing fast pollen release mechanisms, plants are moving constantly.

November 17, 2011

 

Nobel Medal

Older Scientists Not Disadvantaged In Nobel Contest

Over the last century, Nobel Prizes in the sciences have increasingly been awarded to older researchers.

November 16, 2011

 

Hubble Space Telescope

Nope, Still No Aliens

The Obama administration offers some hope but no change on the matter of extraterrestrial contact.

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