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Chat with Particle Fever’s Monica Dunford

If you’ve seen the movie, Particle Fever (You haven’t? You can get it live streaming on iTunes today, and at other VOD services July 15), then you are acquainted with the ebullient American physicist Monica Dunford, an experimental high-energy particle physicist who helped bring the ATLAS detector at CERN into operation for the first Large Hadron [...]..

July 1, 2014 — Joanne Manaster

Dr. Octopus Heads to the Operating Room

Robotic surgery has proved itself to be less than perfect so far. Stiff robotic limbs, burning surfaces, numerous complications. But what if that surgeon’s assistant was less like a standard robot—and more like an octopus?...

June 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Did Facebook's Mood Experiment Violate Research Ethics?

You can read the study itself here, plus a very comprehensive discussion of reactions to the study here. 1. If you intend to publish your research in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, you are expected to have conducted that research with the appropriate ethical oversight...

June 30, 2014 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Spacecraft Sneaks Up on a "Sweaty" Comet

Over the coming month the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission will fire its main engines no less than eight times to tweak its interplanetary intercept course with Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; eventually sidling up to the 4 kilometer wide cometary nucleus at about 7.9 meters per second in early August...

June 30, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

How To Pick A Photoshopped Firefly

Now that firefly season is sparking up our eastern and midwestern summer evenings, I am starting to see not just the insects themselves but the attendant media buzz.

June 28, 2014 — Alex Wild

Gavrilo Princip, conspiracy theories and the fragility of cause and effect

A hundred years ago this day in Sarajevo, disgruntled nationalist Gavrilo Princip fired a shot. An Archduke and his wife died, the world mourned and fulminated, and in a rash of misunderstanding and patriotic throes the nations of Europe went to war with each other, a war that in its calculated butchery exceeded all that [...]..

June 28, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

ScienceArt Exhibits Heat Up This Summer

Take a break from the heat this summer to step into some cool galleries exhibiting scienceart. If the exhibits keep pouring in at this rate, I’ll have to split up this post by region...

June 27, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios
Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

This Westinghouse advertisement was published in The Literary Digest on November 30, 1918. The text reads as follows: Westinghouse ELECTRIC UTILITIES FOR THE HOUSEHOLD Fuel and Labor Many are the steps that electrical appliances save, and many the tasks they lighten...

June 27, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

More Cool Sh*t I’ve Read—and Seen—Lately

This is the fourth installment of my monthly feature "Cool Sh*t I've Read Lately,” in which I draw attention to, um, cool stuff. (Here are columns one, two and three.) Breakthrough Journal...

June 26, 2014 — John Horgan
Selling the Public Domain

Selling the Public Domain

Teachers Pay Teachers is a freewheeling online market where entrepreneurial educators sell lesson plans, powerpoints, and other didactic materials to each other.

June 26, 2014 — Alex Wild
Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Welcome to Texas – America’s energy storage laboratory

Texas is well-known as the home of the oil and gas industry. Over the last decade it has also become the nation’s wind power leader. Today, it is poised to be America’s testbed for energy storage technologies...

June 23, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
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