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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

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
Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately, II

Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately, II

Last month, in an effort to make this blog more upbeat, I started a monthly column called “Cool Sh*t I’ve Read Lately.” My stated intention was to draw attention to “well-written articles about compelling topics.” In this second installment, I’m breaking that rule by mentioning not only articles but also books, including a novel...

April 30, 2014 — John Horgan

Catfishing: The Truth About Deception Online

The growing popularity of online dating The dating scene has been changing over the last decade. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, approximately 6% of Internet users who are in a marriage or other committed relationship met online, compared to 3% who reported this in 2005...

April 25, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
Photo Friday: 220KV Oil Circuit Breakers at Redondo Steam Plant, 1948

Photo Friday: 220KV Oil Circuit Breakers at Redondo Steam Plant, 1948

The first Redondo Beach Steam Power Plant came online in 1907. This $1.25 million power plant was operated until 1933 – it was then taken offline, dismantled, bought/sold, and rebuilt, coming online again in 1948 as a part of Southern California Edison’s power fleet...

April 25, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

Winter Is Coming... So Wear the Right Clothes

The April 6th Game of Thrones episode, "Two Swords," eased the HBO series out of the gate and into its fourth season. With this Sunday's episode, "The Lion and the Rose," and King Joffrey's Purple Wedding, things picked up speed considerably...

April 17, 2014 — Matthew Timothy Bradley

Frustration of the day: unclear article numbers

Over the past couple of days, I have been reviewing some citations for student projects.  Several of the students submitted citations in which they expressed confusion over what page numbers to include...

April 9, 2014 — Bonnie Swoger

The Day the World's ATMs Stood Still--or Didn't

You're probably on tenterhooks wondering what will happen to your reliable, convenient ATM on April 8, the day Microsoft officially sticks a fork in its hugely popular Windows XP operating system...

April 7, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
ZappyLab: Using technology to make DOING science research easier

ZappyLab: Using technology to make DOING science research easier

With only one day left and less than $2,000 to go, I want to see this science app company Kickstarter campaign make it! ZappyLab offers what they call Bench Tools – a suite of research tools for those who do laboratory life science research.  Nice idea and I love reserach tech, especially those that can be used on mobile devices.  My [...]..

March 14, 2014 — DNLee
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Scientific American Health & Medicine

Scientific American Health & Medicine