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Return to Nepal: Snow Sampling

Return to Nepal: Snow Sampling

Editor's Note: This is the third and final installment in a new series by Ulyana Horodyskyj, who chronicled an earlier expedition to Nepal in a series called, "Climbing Mount Everest," which can be found by clicking here...

November 24, 2014 — Ulyana Horodyskyj

Breaking the Code: The Creativity of Technology

So many people are stifled by their own preconceived beliefs about what they can and can't do. That's a shame and in our household we try hard to remove "can't" from our vocabulary. The biggest tragedy is when someone is afraid of, or steered away from, trying by stereotypes and social norms that are in a large [...]..

May 5, 2014 — William Murphy
Fill Flash In Wide Angle Macro Photography

Fill Flash In Wide Angle Macro Photography

What is the secret to the evenly balanced exposure across both the foreground and background in this fisheye photograph? It is not a clever processing job in photoshop.

April 30, 2014 — Alex Wild

SciAm Readers Prioritize MP3s Over MPGs

Thank you for your input as no less than 100 readers were kind enough to participate in my not-so-scientific survey of what is least important to them, when given a choice to give up one item ranging between a TV, vehicle, laptop/tablet, and a smartphone...

April 30, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Truth and beauty in science

Truth and beauty in science

Philip Ball who is one of my favorite science writers has a thoughtful rumination on the constant tussle between beauty and truth in science.

May 21, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

Genes and Race: The Distant Footfalls of Evidence

A review of Nicholas Wade’s book, “A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History“. In this book NYT science writer Nicholas Wade advances two simple premises: firstly, that we should stop looking only toward culture as a determinant of differences between populations and individuals, and secondly, that those who claim that race is only a [...]..

May 13, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

World’s Deadliest Fuel Made Safe and Clean?

Coal kills. When it’s not horrific mining accidents like the one in Soma, Turkey, on May 13 that killed more than 300 miners, it’s the 13,000 Americans who die early each year because of air pollution from burning the dirtiest fossil fuel...

May 20, 2014 — David Biello

Who Wants a Driver's License?

In the last post I presented results from my poll on the importance of cars to your everyday life. The results suggest, simply put, that its importance is sliding downwards.

May 16, 2014 — Tali Trigg
Photo Friday: Student team doubles the capacity of existing solar arrays

Photo Friday: Student team doubles the capacity of existing solar arrays

The integrated circuit design pictured above was designed by Unified Solar, a student lead team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who won the regional price of the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition at the MIT Clean Energy Prize at the end of April...

May 16, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott

Need a Hand? Now You Can Print One

"Every 4 1/2 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect." That translates to 1 of just 33 babies being born with a defect in the U.S. Of these, about 1,500 babies, or 4 out of every 10,000 babies are born missing a hand or arm ("upper limb reduction")...

March 6, 2014 — Judy Stone
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End of Summer Sale

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