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Your Friendly Neighborhood Asteroid Swarm

Your Friendly Neighborhood Asteroid Swarm

The solar system is full of bits and pieces, remnants of its heyday of activity 4.5 billion years ago. Planets are the most noticeable fossil leftovers, with giant Jupiter being two and a half times more massive that the sum total of the other major worlds...

February 24, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

5 Strange Methods to Combat Space Junk - The Countdown #42

According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris are tracked as they orbit the earth. Individual pieces can travel at speeds of up to 28,000 kilometers per hour, creating a potentially dangerous situation for both satellites and astronauts alike...

February 21, 2014
5 Strange Ways to Clean Up Our Space Junk – The Countdown, Episode 42

5 Strange Ways to Clean Up Our Space Junk – The Countdown, Episode 42

According to NASA, more than 500,000 pieces of debris are tracked as they orbit earth. Individual pieces can travel at speeds of up to 28,000 kilometers per hour, creating a potentially dangerous situation for both satellites and astronauts alike...

February 20, 2014 — Eric R. Olson
On making mistakes

On making mistakes

In the latest issue of the New York Review of Books, Freeman Dyson has a nice review of Mario Livio’s readable book on scientific blunders committed by great scientists.

February 20, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Every so often, Seth Baum heads out to meet Ins Garca, a video director and actress, at her Manhattan apartment. While hes there, he helps out in whatever way he can holding a microphone for hours on end, carrying heavy equipment and running to the local computer store to get an extra memory card [...]..

February 19, 2014 — Naveena Sadasivam
Mystery of Mars ‘Doughnut’ Rock Solved

Mystery of Mars ‘Doughnut’ Rock Solved

About a month ago an intriguing pair of images from NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars showed a curious rock that had seemingly appeared our of nowhere during the course of 12 days.

February 18, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

The body of men and women who built the atomic bomb was vast, diverse, talented and multitudinous. Every conceivable kind of professional – from theoretical physics to plumber – worked on the Manhattan Project for three years over an enterprise that spread across the country and equalled the US automobile industry in its marshaling of [...]..

February 18, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
Bacteria in space!

Bacteria in space!

Where humans travel, bacteria will follow. If people are in space for any amount of time, bacteria are sure to thrive there so it’s good to know that there are already researchers looking at how the environment within spaceships affects bacterial populations...

February 16, 2014 — S.E. Gould
Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Mustain’s post on the Food Matters blog: We like big fish. And thats a problem, according to Andy Sharpless, CEO of the ocean conservation organization Oceana, and co-author (along with Suzannah Evans) of the book The Perfect Protein...

February 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

ByStijn van Ewijk In an ever changing world, technological innovation allows us to adapt, survive and thrive. Innovation can impact us adversely as well – the steam engine brought the industrial revolution and with it economic growth and prosperity as well as environmental pollution and inequality.In order to reap innovation’s full benefits, we should try [...]..

February 11, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
40 years ago: our sister planet revealed

40 Years Ago: Our Sister Planet Revealed

On February 5, 1974, NASA’s Mariner 10 returned this surprising image of Venus. The photograph was the first to record our neighboring planet’s clouds in such detail, polar vortex and all...

February 5, 2014 — Alex Wild
The Top 5 #SciamBlogs Posts for 2013

The Top 5 #SciamBlogs Posts for 2013

In this month’s instalment of ‘Best of the Blogs’, I have a look at the top 5 posts from our network bloggers. I’m so proud to be a part of such a diverse and talented group of people, here’s to continued success and awesome blogging for 2014!...

February 2, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Falsification and its discontents

Falsification and its discontents

One of the answers to Edge.org’s question “What scientific idea is ready for retirement”? is by physicist Sean Carroll. Carroll takes on an idea from the philosophy of science that’s usually considered a given: falsification...

January 24, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
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Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Self-Awareness or Illusion?

Solving the “Hard Problem”