Stuart Firestein

Jun. 01, 2012

Why Ignorance Trumps Knowledge in Scientific Pursuit

Neuroscientist Stuart Firestein discusses why ignorance is key to scientific discovery.

research, scientific method, curiosity, ignorance, neuroscientist, Stuart Firestein

Aug. 27, 2010

The Science of Smell

What goes on in the nose and brain when we smell a smell?

smell, aroma, scent

Mar. 19, 2010

New Play Lays Lenin to Rest

A new play looks at two scientists charged, on Stalin's orders, with a serious task -- finding a way to preserve Lenin's corpse for posterity.

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\tIn 2011, comet Lovejoy traveled through the sun’s corona and lived to tell the tale. But its tail was the most telling. Reporting in the journal Science, Cooper Downs, an astrophysicist at Predictive Science Inc. in San Diego, Calif., says that the wiggly path of the comet’s tail helps explain the sun’s magnetic field. \t 

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