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Battleships and Diplomacy, 1914

Battleships and Diplomacy, 1914

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 5, 1914 Two ships from the German navy had an outsize part in the history of the First World War: the Goeben and Breslau...

December 5, 2014 — Dan Schlenoff

Bhopal at 30: Lessons Still Being Learned

In 1989, I was working as an at editor at IEEE Spectrum when I was assigned to write a feature on Bhopal. The thirtieth anniversary of that industrial disaster that killed thousands is tonight...

December 2, 2014 — Gary Stix

Intel Upgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver his groundbreaking insights into the nature of black holes, space and time...

December 2, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

Neutrinos on Ice: How to Keep Cool in Thin Air

Editor's Note: Welcome to ANITA, the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna! From October to December, Katie Mulrey is traveling with the ANITA collaboration to Antarctica to build and launch ANITA III, a scientific balloon that uses the entire continent of Antarctica for neutrino and cosmic ray detection...

December 1, 2014 — Katie Mulrey

British Bus Turning Feces Into Fuel

Humans produce around 360 pounds of poo over the course of a year - and the United Kingdom's "Bio Bus" is taking this poo on the road. This 40-seater, single-decker bus now runs the 20-mile stretch between Bath and Bristol Airport in southwest England...

November 30, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
German company wants to turn cloud computing into distributed heating

German company wants to turn cloud computing into distributed heating

A German company wants to turn server farms into “distributed cloud heaters.” By spreading computing power across a number of buildings, the company believes that it can provide reliable computing services while increasing the energy efficiency of these notoriously wasteful centers...

November 30, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

Alien Yet Familiar: Following Curiosity Across Mars

822 Martian days after landing, NASA’s Curiosity rover, carrying the Mars Science Laboratory, continues on its extraordinary journey across landscapes that are both utterly alien, and remarkably familiar...

November 28, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Battleship Disaster Coverup, 1914

Battleship Disaster Coverup, 1914

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: November 28, 1914 On this date 100 years ago Scientific American reported on the sinking of HMS Audacious, one of the British Royal Navy's most modern "dreadnoughts"—the largest and most powerful battleships in existance in 1914...

November 28, 2014 — Dan Schlenoff
A Paper Puppet Homage to Microbes

A Paper Puppet Homage to Microbes

The amazing power duo of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck (Sweet Fern Productions) has come out with a new animated short on the discovery of microbes.

November 25, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Call of the Orangutan: A Camera Trap Menagerie

In order to get more information about the forest here at the Sikundur research station in North Sumatra, I've set up four camera traps, which I'm using to get a better look at the wildlife around the site...

November 25, 2014 — James Askew
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