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NASA Mission Captures Orbital Waltz of Pluto and Charon

After a ten year journey, NASA’s New Horizons mission is still 420 million kilometers from the Pluto system – but that’s close enough to begin to see the orbital dance of an icy world and its major moon...

August 8, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Get Beer Off Oil – A Visit With Hermit Thrush Brewery

Get Beer Off Oil – A Visit With Hermit Thrush Brewery

Beer off oil? Sounds like a great idea to me! This week’s video comes from Kevin Bonham over at the Food Matters blog. According to Kevin: I had the pleasure of visiting the (still under construction) brewing operations of a new startup nestled in the southern green mountains of Vermont, that is running a kickstarter [...]..

August 7, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Brain-Inspired Computing Reaches a New Milestone

For the past few years, tech companies and academic researchers have been trying to build so-called neuromorphic computer architectures—chips that mimic the human brain's ability to be both analytical and intuitive in order to deliver context and meaning to large amounts of data...

August 7, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

Why Digital Education Means Reimagining Individual Agency

Scientific American's August supplement takes a look at the changing landscape of education in the face of emerging technology, and asks the question, how do we increase interest and engagement in STEM initiatives?...

August 6, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa

How to Manage Death in a World of Social Networks

A good friend of mine passed away in June. John had cancer. Before you offer condolences, you should know he did not want to be mourned. It’s been a hard request to follow, but he felt he had lived a full life...

August 5, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
The Water Intake Crib: A Primer

The Water Intake Crib: A Primer

So Toledo and environs goes through a terrible water crisis when nutrient-rich water from farms, lawns, and other nonpoint sources flows into Lake Erie.

August 5, 2014 — Scott Huler

The Copernicus Complex: A Primer

In a month’s time, the end result of two-and-a-half years of research, thinking, writing, re-writing, re-re-writing, editing, mulling, puzzling, coffee-drinking, beer-swilling, swearing, and tweaking will hit the shelves in the form of my new book The Copernicus Complex...

August 5, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Essential Social Media Sites for Science Illustrators

During my recent talk at the AMI conference about social media and illustration, I skimmed this slide near the end. Talks were intended to be 20 minutes long and I don’t like to rehearse too much: I don’t read off of my slides so I tend to remind myself of the critical points and fret [...]..

August 4, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Top 10 (Transport) Sights in Paris

Few tourists travel explicitly to see a city’s or country's mode of transportation, but I dare say that besides transport nerds such as myself, there are examples which qualify as must-see, including Japan's Shinkansen high-speed train, Lisbon's old tram system, and the streetcars of New Orleans, among others...

August 1, 2014 — Tali Trigg

The Secret to Successful Science Photography: Access

If you spend time reading online photography fora, which you do because you’re here, you will already know the key to great photos is owning the Canikon Extended 15-1000mm F1.2 Stabilized Howitzer XL III...

July 31, 2014 — Alex Wild
Cool Sh*t I’ve Been Reading This Summer

Cool Sh*t I’ve Been Reading This Summer

I’m on vacation, in an island paradise, and I’m sorely tempted to skip my end-of-the-month “Cool Sh*t” post. I want to just hang out on the beach and watch the waves roll in...

July 31, 2014 — John Horgan
Summer Shorts: A Record 25 Miles On Mars

Summer Shorts: A Record 25 Miles On Mars

It's summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4 billion orbits of the same small, damp, planet...

July 31, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Home ExpeRiments With Your Kids

Home ExpeRiments With Your Kids

This week’s video comes from a post by Joanne Manaster on the PsiVid Blog. According to Joanne: Perhaps you've reached that point in the summer where your kids might be sitting around the house saying "I'm bored!" or perhaps you want them to be more engaged with the world around them...

July 30, 2014 — Carin Bondar
Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?

Why Isn’t More Botanical Art Like This?

Botanical art has some conventions that have helped the practice remain accurate and disciplined: portions of the plants painted in isolation on white backgrounds; often 1:1 in size with the real plant; typically in watercolour for the range of colours (Opera Pink, anyone?) and known factors in preservation...

July 29, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

101 Geysers Point To Enceladus' Deep Ocean

It's summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4 billion orbits of the same small, damp, planet...

July 29, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Summer Shorts: A Cometary Rubber Duck

Summer Shorts: A Cometary Rubber Duck

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4 billion orbits of the same small, damp, planet...

July 27, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
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