Science and Religion, Genome Cryptography, and the Coolest Science Fact

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Science and Religion, Genome Cryptography, and the Coolest Science Fact

David is the Online News Editor of Science.

Last week, thousands of scientists gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to share their latest research with the world. Here are some of our favorite stories from the meeting, held each year by AAAS, which publishes Science.

What Is the Coolest Science Fact You Know?

Science’s news team grabbed researchers, students, and even celebrity science advocate Alan Alda in the hallways and asked them to tell us the coolest science fact they knew. Some of the answers really shocked us.

Seeing the Skies Through Galileo’s Eyes

When Galileo peered up at the heavens hundreds of years ago, his observations revolutionized our understanding of the solar system. But what exactly did he see? Scientists may finally be able to figure that out, thanks to the most extensive online database of early refracting telescopes, revealed at the meeting.

How to Hide Your Genome

Want to have your genome sequenced, but don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands? Cryptographers have your back. In a session at the meeting, researchers described a new way to encrypt the sensitive data stored in our DNA.

What Would You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser?

That’s the question we asked a group of physicists during a roundtable interview. The query, spurred by the announcement last week that the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California had reached an important milestone on the road to fusion energy, elicited some fascinating responses.

Finding Common Ground Between Science and Religion

Can science and religion coexist? What might the cities of the future look like? And what does 29 years in solitary confinement do to your brain? Science attempted to answer those questions in a series of live video chats from the meeting.

For more stories, see our full coverage of AAAS 2014.

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