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The Biggest Cosmological Problem Is…

The Biggest Cosmological Problem Is…

…living in a place that makes doing cosmology hard. Let’s backtrack a little. Unless you’ve been living under a particularly thick and insulating rock you’ll know that in recent months the world of experimental cosmology (what would have previously been called observational cosmology, or just plain old astronomy) has been on tenterhooks waiting to see [...]..

September 22, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Crab Moves in Under Chrysler Building; Refuses to Budge

Crab Moves in Under Chrysler Building; Refuses to Budge

Japanese artist Aki Inomata created a series of 3D-printed hermit crab homes after learning that the land under the French Embassy in Tokyo changed from being French to being Japanese in 2009 and would subsequently change back in 2059...

September 21, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Under the Deep Sea (A Little Mermaid Parody)

Under the Deep Sea (A Little Mermaid Parody)

Those of you following this blog know that I love me a great science music video parody. This awesome one from College Humor does not disappoint!

September 18, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Journey Through the Brain: MIT Neurotech

Editor's note: This is the first installment in a series about emerging neurotechnologies. Join a pilot class of 12 PhD students at MIT as we explore how neuroscience is revolutionizing our understanding of the brain...

September 18, 2014 — Amy Robinson

An Efficient Process for Recycling Rare Earth Elements

A student team from the University of Houston swept this year's U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. With their innovative (and proprietary) approach to recycling a pair of critical rare earth materials, the REEcycle team introduced the energy industry to an innovative way to turn waste into a domestic stream of rare [...]..

September 18, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
In Case You’re Tempted to Think 3D Modeling All Looks the Same

In Case You’re Tempted to Think 3D Modeling All Looks the Same

I initially contacted Bryan Christie to request permission to feature his spectacular cheetah illustration in this year’s blitz. He agreed, and so here it is, in all its glory: But he also tipped me off to his fine art work that is equally worthy of note: How could two such disparate styles emanate from the [...]..

September 17, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Data show that Germany's grid is one of the world's most reliable

Data show that Germany's grid is one of the world's most reliable

As the share of enewables in Germany's electricity mix approaches 30%, the country's power grid appears to be going strong. According to data released Friday by the Bundesnetzagentur (Germany's grid regulator), the country's power grid remained one of the world's most reliable in 2013...

September 16, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Will Solar Float to the Rescue in Japan?

Will Solar Float to the Rescue in Japan?

Land-constraints and a massive nuclear shutdown have intensified the debate over where to put new electricity generation capacity in Japan.

September 15, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
The Long Shadow of Fungal Networks

The Long Shadow of Fungal Networks

I’ve heard it said that if you removed everything from the forest except for fungi you would still be able to discern outlines of trees and leaves because of the vast fungal networks of pervading everything...

September 9, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Ebola – the World’s Katrina

Ebola – the World’s Katrina

To anyone who follows infectious disease outbreaks, it is no great surprise that the most immediate, looming threat, Ebola, has received scant attention until recently.

September 9, 2014 — Judy Stone

GM Focuses on Safety in Driverless Vehicle Announcement

Driverless cars came to the forefront of transportation discussions this weekend when General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced her company's plan to add "hands-free and feet-free" driving capabilities to some 2017 models...

September 9, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Satirists as a Source of Science News

Satirists as a Source of Science News

This week’s video comes from a post on the PsiVid blog by Joanne Manaster. According to Joanne: How many times have you read a science-themed article from The Onion or watched a science-themed segment on The Daily Show (TDS) or The Colbert Report (CR) and remarked at how "spot on" they are?...

September 8, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Is Data Really Changing the Nature of Wearable Technology?

Do you have a FitBit story? Last November, S came home with a Fitbit Flex. For those of you who don’t have one of these increasingly ubiquitous devices, it’s a small, plastic band that you wear on your wrist (there are other tracker options as well)...

September 8, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
The real Delving of the Dwarves

The real Delving of the Dwarves

“You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep“ In European folklore dwarves are often associated with mines and underground treasures, a myth also popularized by author J...

September 5, 2014 — David Bressan

Could Deep Brain Stimulation Fortify Soldiers' Minds?

As many as 20 percent of war veterans return from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression, according to a 2008 report from the RAND Corporation...

September 4, 2014 — S. Matthew Liao
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