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The Flea

The Flea

Image of the Week #102, July 31st, 2013: From: How the Fleas’ Next of Kin Ended up Living on a Liverwort in Alaska by Jennifer Frazer at The Artful Amoeba.

July 31, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic
Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Texas is well-known as the home of the oil and gas industry. Over the last decade it has also become the nation’s wind power leader. Today, it is poised to be America’s testbed for energy storage technologies...

June 23, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Does the scientific journal have a future?

Does the scientific journal have a future?

This summer, scholars will use the break from teaching to submit manuscripts, review papers and develop new ideas. But even as the major functions of scholarly publishing march on, scholars, publishers and librarians start to ask, "What does the future of the scholarly journal look like?" Perhaps we should be asking a different question...

June 18, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

If you wish to make a gene from scratch

According to the New York Times, synthetic biology is creating DNA out of thin air. A recent article about synthetic biology and consumer goods describes DNA synthesis as a process where “DNA is created on computers and inserted into organisms.” Computers are pretty cool and really useful in synthetic biology labs, but it takes a [...]..

June 14, 2014 — Christina Agapakis

Exoplanet Size: It’s Elementary

Since quite early in the history of the discovery of planets around other stars it’s been apparent that the likelihood of certain types of planets around a star is related to the abundance of heavy elements in that system...

June 3, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Remembering a Great Science Educator

Seventeen years ago, Phil Yam, then news editor (now managing editor, online), was looking for a rent-a-kid to test out the newly opening physics playground at the New York Hall of Science...

May 21, 2014 — Gary Stix

The Psychedelic ROOMBA Experience

There is something about a ROOMBA, the robotic floor cleaning device, that inspires us to put things atop of them for a ride for our entertainment, including babies, cats in shark costumes, and my favorite, prairie dogs!...

March 29, 2014 — Joanne Manaster
Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

Self-Driving Cars Are a Modern Miracle Waiting to Happen

When Bran Ferren was 9 years old his parents took him to the Pantheon in Rome. He looked around  at the marble and sculptures, which seemed typical in the ancient city, and then he looked up at the ceiling, which didn't seem typical at all...

March 18, 2014 — Fred Guterl
Why is the grass always greener on social media?

Why is the grass always greener on social media?

Are you on social media? I’m willing to bet you’re on at least one channel (and it’s probably Facebook). In December 2013, 73% of adults online were using a social networking site of some sort...

July 23, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
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Memorial Day Flash Sale

Memorial Day Flash Sale

How Smartphones Affect Mental Health