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Annedroids: A New Science Program for Kids

Annedroids: A New Science Program for Kids

Are you looking for an entertaining program for your kids to get them excited about science and engineering with role models their own age?

July 25, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
Forbidden Fruit: What’s Up With Durian?!

Forbidden Fruit: What’s Up With Durian?!

Banned from some fancy hotels, offensive to many–durian just might be the Ozzy Osbourne of the fruit world. Grown primarily throughout southeast Asia, it's said to be the king of fruits...

July 23, 2014 — Layla Eplett

Is Dog Training Scientific?

Dog owners seem pleased when they meet me because they can talk about their dog with someone who is truly interested. Sometimes they share intricate descriptions about something interesting that their dog does (often followed with the question, "Why does she do that?"), and other times, owners have a question like, "How do I get [...]..

June 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht
Mmph — a Suggestion for North Carolina Frackers

Mmph — a Suggestion for North Carolina Frackers

MMph. Fnmn, nng, mmmmm, knknknnk. DAYUM, it’s hard talking with tape over your mouth. And now that I’ve ripped the tape off (about the tape more later), I can’t even talk about what I want to talk about...

June 3, 2014 — Scott Huler

The Emerging Mosquito

Image Credit: © Alex Wild Source: Recipe For A Photograph #4: The Emerging Mosquito, on Compound Eye As the weather warms and spring marches into summer, mosquito pupae are shedding their skins and emerging from stagnant pools to search for warm mammalian blood...

May 28, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

A DIY Fossil Hunting Activity for Pre-K Classrooms

The following project constitutes a half-hour activity for 3-, 4-, or 5-year olds. It includes the entire process from finding fossils to putting the recovered pieces together like a puzzle to drawing our best guess at what it looked like in life...

May 23, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Monitoring the Many Faces of Monitors

Monitoring the Many Faces of Monitors

Artist: Darren Naish Source: Monitor musings, varanid variables, goannasaurian goings-on... it's about monitor lizards, by Darren Naish on Tetrapod Zoology If you’re not a herpetologist, you may be of the mindset that lizards all look the same, but that would only expose you for what you are: a human primate, finely attuned to the faces [...]..

May 22, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Can Machines Produce Art that Moves Us?

This happens more often than you’d think: You tell someone you are an illustrator. They ask you a few questions and then get to what’s really on their mind: “So, do you do all your work on the computer or do you draw everything by hand?” When you respond that you do some (or all) [...]..

May 19, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

For Admirers of Audubon and Sibley, Two Recurring Art Exhibits

If you appreciate John J. Audubon’s exacting detail and beautiful compositions and you marvel at the encyclopedic knowledge and delicate illustrations in the famous Sibley Bird Guides you may be interested to know that there are many contemporary masters following in their footsteps today...

May 14, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Annalee Newitz: Where did io9 get its name?

Today is Annalee Newitz‘s birthday (well, it’s still today in the most relevant time zone – uh, hers not mine). Annalee has been writing about the intersection of science and technology and culture for many years...

May 8, 2014 — Brian Malow
Investigating the Cheese Microbiome

Investigating the Cheese Microbiome

Last week was a monumental one for me – I said goodbye to my old lab, where I’ve worked for the past 5 years. It was harder than I thought it would be to leave.

May 6, 2014 — Kevin Bonham
Music Steeped in the Wilds of Canada

Music Steeped in the Wilds of Canada

Eighteen years ago this July, a group of 14 adventurers unloaded tents, gear, food, canoes, and two guitars from the back of a big old bus and loaded them into 7 canoes in a nondescript boat launch outside of Yellowknife, NWT...

April 25, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
The Perfect 46: The Future is Near

The Perfect 46: The Future is Near

Visit theperfect46.com, and it looks like any business web page. The Perfect 46 purports to be a company that uses the power of genomics, the information stored in the entirety of your DNA–your genome–to determine if you are with “the one” for you...

April 21, 2014 — Joanne Manaster

How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain

BROOKLYN--It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker. On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at Brooklyn College, showed me around his lab spaces--from where they build mobile robots to where they keep their axolotls and fiddler crabs to the crown jewel: [...]..

April 3, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage
‘Cosmos’ and ‘Your Inner Fish’ Pack the 1-2 Punch

‘Cosmos’ and ‘Your Inner Fish’ Pack the 1-2 Punch

Two weeks from today, on April 9th, PBS will air the first of a three-part series adapted from Neil Shubin’s popular book, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year-History of the Human Body...

March 27, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Snake vs. Croc in Real and Hyper-Real Versions

Snake vs. Croc in Real and Hyper-Real Versions

When illustrators embark upon a new illustration, hours of research and work go into constructing a scene that is believable, powerful, and informative.

March 13, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

This Is What We Don’t Know About The Universe

In recent days I’ve had some interesting conversations. There’s a giddiness going around, related to an outpouring of science love – the kind you get from President Obama introducing TV science shows, the kind that has wonderful visuals, but is, well, a wee bit simplistic (a sin that none of us could ever, ever be [...]..

March 12, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

Will Enjoying ‘Cosmos’ Depend On If You Liked Science In School?

Tonight’s TV line-up has science enthusiasts quite excited. Of course I’m talking about Cosmos as presented by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, produced by Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) and written by Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow and co-creator of the original series...

March 9, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
Tools Change But Creative People Are a Constant

Tools Change But Creative People Are a Constant

Once upon a time, I wrote about five reasons your camera won’t steal my job. In short, the reasons were: 1. Photography cant capture small things 2.

February 3, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
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