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The Last Man on the Moon

The Last Man on the Moon

It’s no secret, I’m a space geek. And the other non-secret is I love when a good space travel book is turned into a movie. Astronaut Gene Cernan is known for being “The Last Man on the Moon” as he was the last man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission...

May 22, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
Truth and beauty in science

Truth and beauty in science

Philip Ball who is one of my favorite science writers has a thoughtful rumination on the constant tussle between beauty and truth in science.

May 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

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

Genes and Race: The Distant Footfalls of Evidence

A review of Nicholas Wade’s book, “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History“. In this book NYT science writer Nicholas Wade advances two simple premises: firstly, that we should stop looking only toward culture as a determinant of differences between populations and individuals, and secondly, that those who claim that race is only a [...]..

May 13, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The Expanding Earth

The Expanding Earth

The prevailing geological model of the early 19th century was characterized by an almost static earth, maybe slowly cooling and shrinking, until the molten interior would eventually be completely frozen and solidified...

May 12, 2014 — David Bressan

Science in the Abstract: Don't Judge a Study by its Cover

A competition for attention lies at the heart of the scientific enterprise. And the abstract is its “blurb.” A scientific abstract is a summary used to attract readers to an article and to get a piece of research accepted for a conference presentation...

May 12, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

This week’s video comes to us from Joanne Manaster‘s post over at PsiVid. According to Joanne: How does a mouse build a burrow, and do genes help control this behavior?

May 6, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Cloud Bound for Milky Way's Black Hole Puzzles Astronomers

For the past year, astronomers around the world have been watching the center of the Milky Way in anticipation of a once-per-eon event. Right around now (or, technically, 24,000 years ago--that's roughly how far away the galactic center is in light years), a cloud of gas and dust plummeting toward our galaxy's supermassive black hole, [...]..

May 2, 2014 — Seth Fletcher
The structure of DNA, 61 years later: How they did it.

The structure of DNA 61 years later: How they did it.

  This month marks the sixty-first anniversary of the publication of the landmark paper on the structure of DNA by Watson and Crick, which appeared in the April 25, 1953 issue of the journal Nature...

April 29, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Because, Science.

Because, Science.

I've been enjoying NOVA's online series `The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers'. These short videos depict some lesser known aspects of the lives of cutting-edge scientists, their hobbies, passions and pastimes outside of the lab...

April 25, 2014 — Carin Bondar

(Don't) Mind the Gap: Manufacutring Costs and Drug Prices

Misleading statements and conclusions regarding drug costs and prices are again being thrown around. It started with a post right here on Scientific American Blogs with the title “The Quest: $84,000 Miracle Cure Costs Less Than $150 to Make”...

April 24, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Y Combinator and biotech: The wave of the future?

Y Combinator and biotech: The wave of the future?

Y Combinator is the well-known startup incubator that picks promising computer technology startup ideas from a competition every year and seeds them with a few tens of thousands of dollars and dedicated space in Silicon Valley in return for an equity stake...

April 24, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Snapshots from Space [Video]

Today, Chris Hadfield shared in social media a previously released video, Chris Hadfield’s Snapshots from Space! “Throughout his ISS mission, CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been taking some of the most incredible photos of Earth ever seen...

April 24, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World