Exploring Unknown Tibet

A painting of Shakyamuni Buddha featured in the Unknown Tibet exhibit at the Asia Society in New York City. Image of the Museum of Civilisation-Museum of Oriental Art “Giuseppe Tucci,” Rome. The Asia Society’s exhibit delves into Italian scholar Giuseppe Tucci’s expeditions and the vivid Buddhist thangka paintings he collected. By Anne Doran On eight expeditions to Tibet between 1926 and 1948, Italian scholar and explorer Giuseppe Tucci (1894–1984) collected more than 200 portable paintings, or thangkas, from every part of the country and from every historical period between the 13th and 19th centuries. His collecting was informed by his background as … Continue reading Exploring Unknown Tibet

“Pop, Pop, Pop.” She Heard Her Brain in Action

ILLUSTRATIONS BY EMILIANO PONZIAPRIL Brain-computer interfaces are opening new possibilities. BY RICHARD MARTIN In November of 2012, Jan Scheuermann did something she never thought she would do again: She fed herself a piece of chocolate. For the last decade Scheuermann, 54, has been a prisoner in her own body. She suffers from a mysterious degenerative disorder that attacks the nervous system, severing the connections between the brain and muscles. Now a quadriplegic, Scheuermann has no movement below her neck. She can’t move her limbs, let alone grasp, move, or hold anything. Until she’s hooked up to a brain-computer interface (BCI). BCI … Continue reading “Pop, Pop, Pop.” She Heard Her Brain in Action

What is good science?

Uranus photographed by Voyager 2 in January 1986. Photo courtesy NASA Demanding that a theory is falsifiable or observable, without any subtlety, will hold science back. We need madcap ideas by Adam Becker is a writer and astrophysicist. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Office for History of Science and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley. His writing has appeared in New Scientist and on the BBC, among others. He is the author of What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics (2018). He lives in Oakland in California.  Edited by Sally Davies  The Viennese physicist Wolfgang Pauli suffered from … Continue reading What is good science?