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The Zeppelin Earns a Fearsome Reputation, 1915

The Zeppelin Earns a Fearsome Reputation, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: March 27, 1915 Airships with rigid frames were developed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany starting in the late 19th century...

March 27, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
Sociologist Steve Fuller: Scientists Aren’t More Rational Than the Rest of Us

Sociologist Steve Fuller: Scientists Aren’t More Rational Than the Rest of Us

In a column last week, I argued that journalists and other non-scientists have the right and even in some cases the responsibility to question the authority of scientific experts; after all, “even the most accomplished scientists at the most prestigious institutions often make claims that turn out to be erroneous or exaggerated.” My post criticized [...]..

March 23, 2015 — John Horgan
Update to Boston Review Forum on GMOs

Update to Boston Review Forum on GMOs

Doug Gurian-Sherman at the Union of Concerned scientists wrote me a polite email yesterday. He protested that one of the sentences in my response to Margaret Mellon’s response to my recent Boston Review piece on “GMOs”, was “not professional and far from worthy of my typical efforts”...

September 10, 2013 — Pamela Ronald
Geologizing Asses

Geologizing Asses

“Humanity’s genius is to have always had a sense of its weakness. The physical energy and strength, with which nature insufficiently endowed humans, is found in animals that help them to discover new territories.” “Home” (2009) A post dedicated to the forgotten heroes of early geology -  asses !...

September 6, 2013 — David Bressan
Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition: Part 1

Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition: Part 1

This post is the first in a three-part series highlighting youth science competitions that task young people with the real challenges and rewards of a life in research.

February 10, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Queen of Carbon Becomes First Woman to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor

In June, Professor Mildred Dresselhaus will formally receive the 2015 IEEE Medal of Honor for her leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering. She is the first woman to receive the organisation’s highest honor since its inception in 1917...

April 30, 2015 — Melissa C. Lott

5 Instagram Tips for Science Artists

I’ve been on Instagram for a long time, with a private account to share family photos with friends. Last year, I decided to start up a second account, @FlyingTrilobite, to share my art in process, and the sort of things I normally share on my blog...

April 29, 2015 — Glendon Mellow
Can a Hole in Your Head Get You High?

Can a Hole in Your Head Get You High?

Of the weird conversations I’ve had in my life, many of the weirdest took place while I was researching my 2003 book Rational Mysticism, which explores religious experiences and other exotic states of consciousness...

April 27, 2015 — John Horgan

Proud Battleships, Subtle Mines: Dardanelles, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: April 3, 1915 "The day when Constantinople will be covered by the guns of the enemy is not very far distant." That's the ebulliant sentence from the article in Scientific American two weeks before this one, just after the initial British and French attack near [...]..

April 3, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?

Can Chinese Cities Turn Around Pollution in Time?

China became a mostly urban country in 2011, the service sector became the biggest in 2013, and in 2015 Chinese cities will try to reverse negative trends of sprawl and pollution.

February 26, 2015 — Tali Trigg

The Great Martian Storm of ’71

                          On November 14th 1971 NASA’s Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to successfully orbit another planet...

October 21, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf
A simple backlighting trick for microscope photography

A simple backlighting trick for microscope photography

[The following is a guest post by entomologist Guilherme Ide Marques dos Santos, of the Museu de Zoologia da USP, Brazil] Scientific photography is an important part of many publications...

October 2, 2013 — Alex Wild
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