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The events of TetZooCon 2014

The events of TetZooCon 2014

The world's very first Tetrapod Zoology Convention - we're calling it TetZooCon - happened on Saturday 12th July, and what fun it was. Our venue: the London Wetland Centre, a Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust conservation park officially opened in 2000 and situated in Barnes, west London...

July 14, 2014 — Darren Naish

Why Is Namibia Killing Its Rare Desert Elephants?

On Saturday, June 21 one of the Republic of Namibia’s rare desert elephants was felled by a hunter’s rifle. Unlike most of the other elephants that die on any given day in Africa, this particular elephant was slain legally...

July 9, 2014 — John R. Platt
The Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope

The Most Colorful View of Universe Captured by Space Telescope

What do you get when you add a little ultraviolet to images captured by the Hubble Ultra Deep Field 2014? Some pretty amazing images. By utilizing a full spectrum of colour from ultraviolet to near infared, NASA astronomers have created the most colourful deep space images to date...

June 12, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Verizon Ad Warns Parents Not to Squelch Daughters' Interest in Science

At a time when we are still seeing subtle and not-so-subtle opposition to fostering young girls’ interest in STEM disciplines and to women’s mobility in professional science, it’s encouraging to see this ad from Verizon asking parents to not squelch their daughters’ natural curiosity...

June 12, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Acts of Kindness Explained [Video]

Acts of Kindness Explained [Video]

        // Editor's note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act.

June 10, 2014 — Ingrid Wickelgren
Wasps Are Our Friends: Part I

Wasps Are Our Friends: Part I

I’ve had about enough of people unfairly picking on wasps, so I’m fighting back with a series of photographs showing the bright side of these fascinating insects.

June 8, 2014 — Alex Wild

Model salamanders, in a cave

While on a family holiday recently I visited Dan yr Ogof, the famous National Show Cave for Wales. Besides being interesting for the expected geological and speleological reasons, Dan yr Ogof is set within landscaped gardens that, bizarrely, feature one of Europe's largest `dinosaur parks'...

June 6, 2014 — Darren Naish

We're All X-Men as Far as Genetic Mutations Go

"Mutants became objects of fear and hatred." — Kitty Pryde narrating in the story "Days of Future Past" found in The Uncanny X-Men #141 in January 1980 "In her DNA they found the key to her mutant power." — Professor X musing about how Mystique was used to derive special powers for the Sentinel army [...]..

June 5, 2014 — E. Paul Zehr

Darwin: the Movie

It’s true, Mr. and Ms. Hollywood Producer, Nash, Hawking, Turing were great and all, and their stories brought big bucks and a few Oscars rolling your way, but come on!

April 12, 2015 — Lawrence Rifkin

The Grand Texture of Planets

              In an idle moment, while staring at a set of solar system data, it occurred to me that it might be interesting to display a set of planetary surfaces on an equal footing, where the overall texture of these worlds was visible (although topography is probably a more [...]..

March 30, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf
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