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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
An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required

An Intricate 3D-Printed Dress, No Assembly Required

One of the most inspired design studios working at the intersection of science, art, and technology today is Nervous System, a Massachusetts-based team led by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg...

January 25, 2015 — Kalliopi Monoyios
A Photographic Survey of the American Yard

A Photographic Survey of the American Yard

Though it’s tempting to think you must spend thousands of dollars on equipment to take great photographs, Joshua White is helping prove that the best camera is the one you have on you when the inspiration strikes...

December 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Google's Top Searches of 2014

Americans looked to Google for information on Ebola, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the actor Robin Williams’s suicide this year—all of which ranked among the hottest search terms of 2014...

December 16, 2014 — Amy Nordrum
First Flexible Airplane Wing Takes Flight

First Flexible Airplane Wing Takes Flight

In our May 2014 issue, Sridhar Kota, a professor of engineering at the University of Michigan and founder and president of the company FlexSys, published an article about his long-running campaign to take complex, multipart machines and redesign them as flexible, one-piece devices (subscription required)...

December 12, 2014 — Seth Fletcher

NASA's Dawn Mission Captures New Image of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn mission, having performed remarkably at the asteroid Vesta, is homing in on Ceres. The spacecraft’s ion engines will bring it to a capture orbit around this 590 mile diameter dwarf planet on March 6th, 2015 – at a distance some 2.5 times further from the Sun than the Earth...

January 20, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Curved TV and Smartphones: Gimmick or Gadget Godsend?

Moviegoers have long been familiar with the benefits of viewing content on a curved screen. The screen's curvature equalizes the distance that light from the projector must travel, enhancing resolution and brightness while eliminating distortion...

January 8, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier
Software: The Next Challenge for Grid Batteries

Software: The Next Challenge for Grid Batteries

It seems like every day we hear about another incremental breakthrough in battery technology. By tweaking existing battery chemistries or inventing new chemistries altogether, university researchers and startup companies have managed to increase the energy density, cycle life, energy efficiency, and safety of numerous potential grid battery technologies...

January 6, 2015 — Robert Fares
Paintings under an iPhone Olloclip

Paintings under an iPhone Olloclip

I can’t help myself. I take a lot of pictures using my macro lenses on my Olloclip for iPhone. Leaves, snow, thistles and teasels, rocks and skin.

December 31, 2014 — Glendon Mellow

Federal Funds Sought for Controversial Body-Worn Police Cameras

President Obama yesterday asked for $263 million over the next three years to, among other things, equip and train police with body-worn cameras. Scientific American published an Agenda item on body worn cameras in the December issue (currently on news stands)...

December 2, 2014 — Christine Gorman

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
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
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
Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

Brain Stimulation Can Control Compliance with Social Norms

Human beings are utterly dependent on a complex social structure for their survival.  Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, human beings may have evolved specialized neural circuits that are responsible for compliance with society’s rules.  A new study has identified such a region in the human brain, and researchers can increase or decrease [...]..

October 3, 2013 — R. Douglas Fields
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis