How do I know that I know something?

Every day we hear new shocking stories in the media and from people we know, but it's hard to judge quickly whether they're true. Is there a universal rule that could help us in such dilemmas?

Milan Vidmar (1885–1962)

A renowned expert in electrical engineering and one of the best chess players in the world.

A critical review of science in Slovenia

A detailed discussion of some of the key factors that have had a significant impact on the development of the Slovenian scientific community.

SARS global outbreak of 2003

On February 28, 2003, the local office of the World Health Organization in Hanoi, Vietnam, received a call from a small private hospital with a capacity of no more than 60 beds. Two days before, its staff admitted a patient showing symptoms of atypical flu. To rule out a potential case of “bird flu” they requested the help of WHO’s experts to try and determine what the disease really was.

Conquering Absolute Zero

At a time when adventurers were still competing to conquer the ice-cold vastness of the North and South Poles, scientists were running a tight...

What is randomness?

You might think it must be easy to define randomness, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is it difficult to create random events or sequences of numbers, verifying whether something that we have produced really is random is no easy task either.

The Power of Uncertainty

Humans generally try to avoid the feelings of uncertainty and ambiguity. We are naturally inclined towards resolving ambiguous situations asap. When we are put...

Why does digital music only make sense to a human ear?

German acoustics professor Eberhard Zwicker spent years studying the ways humans recognise sounds. After conducting a number of experiments, he reached an important conclusion:...

CRISPR – Biotechnology of the Future

In 1987, Japanese scientists from Osaka University reported an unusual occurrence they had observed in a strand of E. coli bacteria. A strange part...

When our sense of probability deceives us

The influence of numerous columns published in popular newspaper supplements where so-called “experts” shower us with all kinds of advice is not to be...

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