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How writing technology shaped classical thinking

>>Stephanie Frampton’s new book explores the written word in the Roman world The Roman poet Lucretius’ epic work “De rerum natura,” or “On the Nature of Things,” is the oldest surviving scientific treatise written in Latin. Composed around 55 B.C.E., the text is a lengthy

DNA design that anyone can do

>>Computer program can translate a free-form 2-D drawing into a DNA structure   Researchers at MIT and Arizona State University have designed a computer program that allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA. Until now, designing such

A “pacemaker” for North African climate

>>Study shows the Sahara swung between lush and desert conditions every 20,000 years, in sync with monsoon activity The Sahara desert is one of the harshest, most inhospitable places on the planet, covering much of North Africa in some 3.6 million square miles of rock

Study offers new view of how cartels work

>>Less data-sharing among firms can actually lead to more collusion, economists find Suppose you were building a cartel — a group of business interests who coordinate to fix high prices that consumers must pay. How would you design it? Received economic wisdom says transparency among