2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal Winner: Lotfi A. Zadeh

The 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering is presented to Lotfi Zadeh for his invention and development of the field of fuzzy logic, a mathematical system that captures aspects of the ambiguity of human language and thought, which has solved problems in areas such as artificial intelligence and the automated control of machines.

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Naps and Creativity

Telling your boss you need a nap might not be the smartest thing to do at work, but scientific evidence is now on your side. As this ScienCentral News video explains, sleep researchers just released a new study that says naps over an hour long may boost creative problem solving.

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Street Corner Science with Stephen Benkovic

ScienCentral is taking science back to the people with our second installment of “Street Corner Science,” the radical yet-simple concept in which a film crew and a renowned scientist are plunked down amidst a busy city center, and an impromptu Q&A session with the public ensues.

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Girls Vs. Boys at Math

Are men naturally better at math than women or is that just an out-dated stereotype? When former Harvard president Larry Summers said publicly in 2005 that men are innately better at math, many women were outraged. So a couple of women scientists decided to research it. This ScienCentral News video explains their report published this week.

Unfiltered: Girls Vs. Boys At Math

“Unfiltered” is a recurring series where ScienCentral reporters give their personal thoughts on the stories they produce. This installment is based on the news story “Girls Vs. Boys At Math.”

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2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal Winner: Stephen Benkovic

The 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science is presented to Stephen Benkovic for his groundbreaking contributions to our mechanistic understanding of enzymes, and for helping to unravel the complexities of the enzymes involved in DNA replication. This ScienCentral Video Profile explains.

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As Goes GM

I know a woman who is relentlessly, ridiculously optimistic. Everything is always for the best.

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Reports From the River

A new blog just debuted that we thought was worth sharing.

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Thin Brains and Depression

It’s well known that depression in your family puts you at high risk of depression. Now researchers have found a structural difference in the brain that could explain why.

Animation: 3-D brain scan, the cortex layer peels away, courtesy Bradley Peterson

2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal Winner: Ruzena Bajcsy, Ph.D.

As one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology awards programs in the world, The Franklin Institute Awards Program presented the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medals in six fields of science and engineering. In addition to the Benjamin Franklin Medals, two Bower Awards were presented for achievements made in science and business leadership.

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