Big Idea Wednesday

NewScientist writes about "seven questions that keep physicists up at night." For example, will sting theory ever be proven correct?

I have not read it, but Total Engagement is a book about putting games to work in business, a continuation of the theme that serious problems can be solved in a gaming environment.

A variation on an existing technique may allow astronomers to continue the search for Earth-like planets orbiting other suns.

The "naked mole rat has never been found with tumors of any kind—and now biologists think they know why." An expressed gene may inoculate them against cancer.

Computer scientists and immunologists are collaborating to learn nature's algorithms to protect against pathogens.

Johnnie Moore quotes one the world's leading thinkers on the psychology of creativity, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, about the role of management in business. It may not be what you think it is.

The curious behavior of beads in a box could lead to a better understanding of convective patterns in our atmosphere.

Strangely, parents are more comfortable talking to their children about drugs than science. The National Math Science Initiative wants to change that. And related, check out "Why Johnny Can't Hypothesize," a look at an emerging and important national dialog.

Finally, if you're in the mood for some industrial strength reasoning, read this: How, if at all, can we think about "impossible worlds"?