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The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize has again been awarded to sophisticated mathematical speculation disconnected from experimental evidence. The 2012 Fundamental Physics prize was shared among nine physicists, most of who were string theorists. String theorists continue to dominate the awardees of this year’s New Horizons and Frontiers in Physics prizes...

November 18, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Scientists Find First Neutrinos from Distant Space [Video]

The world has heard the first faint whispers of the most powerful cataclysms in the universe. Scientists working on the IceCube experiment in Antarctica report that they have found 28 neutrinos that must have come to earth from explosions in the distant universe—the first time scientists have found neutrinos coming from outside our own solar [...]..

November 21, 2013 — Michael Moyer
Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

Finally! A Science-Themed Miley Cyrus Parody…

Those of you familiar with my blog here at SciAm will know that I’m a little obsessed with science-themed music videos. When I saw the ‘Wrecking Ball’ masterpiece of Ms...

January 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Cosmic Solitude, Exoplanets, and Books

Earlier this week I had the very great pleasure of catching up with Lee Billings, the author of Five Billion Years of Solitude, a beautifully written and provocative new book about the quest to find other Earths, other life in the universe...

January 10, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
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
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
Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Summer Vacation! – Best of the Blogs #7

Video of the Week #105, August 14th, 2013: From: #SciAmBlogs Thursday – glass sponges, dog sounds, sharks friends, med school interviews, and more.

August 14, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

5 Amazing Exoplanets – The Countdown, Episode 33

  More to explore: Exoplanet colour confirmed for first time: it’s blue, but not pale — and nothing like Earth (Scientific American Blog Network) http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/b… Diamond ‘Super-Earth’ May Not be Quite as Precious (University of Arizona) http://uanews.org/story/diamond-super… Strange Exoplanet’s ‘Backwards’ Orbit Explained by Extra Star, Planet (Space.com) http://www.space.com/19421-backward-a… Astronomers Find Most Ancient Planet Yet (Scientific [...]..

October 18, 2013 — Eric R. Olson
Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

Putting the Illustrations Before the Text

We’re wrapping up the daily sciart posts today. We hope you’ve enjoyed them! Stay tuned tomorrow for a round-up of the month’s artists and images.

September 30, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Miniature Big Bang Created in Ultra-Cold Lab, and More – The Countdown, Episode 30

Miniature Big Bang Created in Ultra-Cold Lab, and More – The Countdown, Episode 30

More to explore: Earth life ‘may have come from Mars’ (BBC News) Maybe Mars Seeded Earth’s Life, Maybe It Didn’t (Scientific American Blog Network) China Plans Its First Unmanned Moon Landing This Year (New York Times) China to launch lunar probe for landing mission (Xinhua) NASA Data Reveals Mega-Canyon under Greenland Ice Sheet (NASA) Space [...]..

September 6, 2013 — Eric R. Olson
My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

My God, Man! XPRIZE Unveils Medical Tricorder Teams

In the Star Trek universe, handheld medical tricorders became standard issue for Starfleet vessels as early as the mid-22nd century. Here in a little place we like to call “reality,” a competition seeks to help deliver such all-in-one health analyzers at least 100 years ahead of schedule...

November 4, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier
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